As technology constantly changes, so will the needs of companies that typically depend on IT to function properly and stay ahead of the curve. That’s why new job positions are always sprouting up — with innovation comes new challenges that you should be prepared to overcome.
InfoWorld offers valuable insight on what positions will be popular and which skills will be demanded the most. If you’re curious about how the IT job market will look in 2012, here are some tips on what jobs are going to be in-demand and which are set to fizzle out based on InfoWorld’s suggestions as well as other sources.
Social Media Architect
Anyone can click “Like” on Facebook, but not everyone knows how to use the tools necessary to create and manage social networks for the purpose of marketing. It’s likely that companies will be looking to hire IT specialists who know how to build secured social communities. In addition, InfoWorld said that aside from the obvious sites like Facebook, the sites IBM, Yabber, and Jive are likely to be big components of the social sphere.
Mobile Technology Expert
Mobile technology offers a wide range of possibilities, but the right resources and experts are needed to keep up with these awesome developments. This position is generally responsible for implementing mobile technologies and troubleshoots related issues, according to a QuickCert blog post.
Because the cloud is a newer technology platform, not many people have skills for this type of computing. That’s why those with cloud-related experience are high in demand. InfoWorld’s articles also point out companies’ desire to reach the max efficiency possible on the private cloud while some also want experts who can choose the best public cloud services.
Health IT Positions
As the health industry takes on more IT-related projects — from transferring electronic records to transitioning coding systems — hiring for IT professionals has increased. According to InformationWeek, about 50,000 HIT jobs are needed to fill the labor shortage in that area of the health industry. In fact, the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society are teaming up to attract IT workers to their industry.
Mobile Application Developer
This position is likely to continue growing as mobile keeps impacting the IT profession. Just the change in demand a year can bring is noteworthy — Elance.com said 4,500 jobs posted were for mobile developer positions, which was an increase of 101% over the number of similar jobs that were posted in the first quarter of 2010. The job differs from the mobile technology position in that they deal more with the actual formation of the apps and in making sure everything developed is functioning securely.
While these jobs might be falling in terms of demand, it’s rare that IT positions just vanish. However, some are becoming less relevant as jobs are being outsourced, are easier for consumers to take care of themselves, or are not needed as much because of new technology.
Help Desk/Tech Support
Back in the 1990s, people often had questions about technology-related problems and sought the help of IT workers to solve the issues. Nowadays, many IT departments have cut back on support-related positions or outsourced the help desk. This is probably because more and more people in the workforce today are familiar with computers, the Internet, and technology as a whole and have a better understanding of things that could go wrong and how to fix them.
Global Knowledge wrote about how in 2010, positions relating to IT operations and programming wouldn’t be in very high demand. Why? There’s potential for these jobs to be automated or sent overseas when the nature of the work is straightforward and requiring explicit instructions to be completed.
IT hiring as a whole looks relatively promising for 2012, but it’s important to consider which positions would be best to pursue. Some types of IT work are slowly becoming obsolete due to new technology and trends (like the cloud and mobile applications). Consider your skill set, think about what your interests are, and make sure to study what types of IT are popular today in order to select a great potential job (or job change) in the future. Our recent video segment with Chris Pirillo can gave you give you some insight into opportunities in healthcare IT and other emerging IT industries.