The evolving qualifications of an IT manager

January 16, 2015

As the cloud continues to become a greater part of the business world, the demand for IT managers and tech engineers will gradually increase. Chief executives who had never before worked with the cloud, let alone implemented it into their business model, will depend on these tech-savvy pros to help them transition seamlessly into the era of the digital workplace. This heightened demand will create a range of job opportunities for prospective and existing employees in the sector.

As job seekers prep their resumes, employers are increasingly asking themselves an important question – how much do degrees matter? Not long ago, college degrees were seen as an almost imperative step before heading into the workforce. Business leaders held the perception that graduates are more social, intelligent and mature. However, it seems that what used to be a necessity is now just a bonus feature. In the first quarter of 2015, a number of news outlets are reporting that IT jobs don’t often require a college degree.

No college, no problem
It seems that experience in a given field matters more than anything else, including degrees, according to Network World. The numbers back up the sentiment. A 2013 poll sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities found that approximately 45 percent of respondents said that college was not worth the cost. Another 14 percent were undecided.

“Does a college degree show something? Yeah, there’s some socialization there, you might come in more mature, it shows you’re teachable,” Hudson Denney, founder and principal at Net3 Technology, told the news outlet. “But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter to us. I’m not going to pay you any more whether you went to college. I’m going to pay you based on your experience, your ability to get the job done and your certifications.”

Intelligence trumps degrees
CMSWire reported that brilliance in the IT field, even without a college degree, can lead to an unlimited ceiling for workers in the sector. A formal education can surely help IT managers and tech engineers get a leg up. The lack of a degree could decelerate the career advancement process. Competence and a proven track record, however, is the real difference maker.

“All that’s required to get a job in tech, even if you’re exploring options at a later stage in life or transitioning careers, is the determined, enthusiastic mastery and continuous ‘upkeep’ of your coding skills,” Ryan Carson, co-founder and CEO of the online coding school Treehouse, told the news outlet.