TechTarget Survey: IT Professionals Like Challenges, Flexibility of Job

December 12, 2012

Tech professionals are feeling confident these days, and for good reason. Recent studies indicate there are more IT jobs available than qualified candidates in certain fields, and many tech-related positions pay extremely well.

However, it isn't job security or salary that is leading to IT workers' satisfaction, but rather the intellectual challenges of such a career, according to a recent TechTarget survey.

"My current job offers me the continual challenges that I desire to keep me growing my knowledge and expertise in IT," Edward Roche, network engineer at an automobile finance company, told the news source. "My salary isn't bad for a newer network engineer either."

Nearly one-third of respondents said they want their careers to be intellectually stimulating, making it the most cited reason for job satisfaction. Meanwhile, 20 percent of respondents pointed to their positive working environments, and another 20 percent listed the flexible schedule of IT jobs.

IT worker confidence rising
With the high-tech sector developing jobs faster than most – if not all – industries in the U.S., IT professionals are feeling extremely confident. According to OnForce's fourth-quarter confidence index, tech worker confidence reached 46 points, the highest level in 15 months.

Meanwhile, a separate index by Harris Interactive, Randstad Technologies and Technisource found third-quarter IT worker confidence to measure 56.8, ranking higher than every other sector in the United States.

Salary, stability still factors
Salaries may not rank as the most important aspect of IT jobs, but it is still likely a major consideration. According to the TechTarget survey, 11 percent of respondents said they've kept their jobs because they're satisfied with what they're being paid.

Job security was found to be a factor as well, with 10 percent of respondents claiming to have stayed at a company because it's doing well.

"I am staying with my current job because the economy is painfully unstable," Frank Doss, systems engineer for a small government organization on the East Coast, told TechTarget.

Nearly 70 percent of IT workers are confident about their job security for at least the next year, according to the Harris Interactive, Randstad Technologies and Technisource study. At the same time, 55 percent of respondents felt they could find a new job if necessary, and more than half of respondents believed there were as many or more jobs available in the third quarter as there were in the second quarter.