The 7 IT Jobs Everyone Wants (And How To Get Them)

by Tori Johnson on October 21, 2010

IT jobsThey’re exciting, pay well, and can often be done from anywhere.

The seven IT jobs below are some of the most sought-after on Earth.

Take a look below at why they’re in demand and see how you can have a hope of snagging them:

Offsite web developer/designer

IT is by far the largest source of new work-from-anywhere jobs: Specifically, web developers and web designers (and those who can operate as both) can command higher-than-average salaries or freelance rates and do most of their work from their favorite café, the beach, or even a Ferris wheel…if that’s your thing.

We’re not talking about “amateur” web designers who whip-up a site for their uncle’s dry-cleaning business then hang out a shingle. We mean custom Web site designers with post-high-school training in template modification, redesigns, code updates, hosting, Search Engine Optimization, and usability reviews.

How to get it: Getting at these jobs is a matter of having the skills to and knowing who’s posting the jobs, such as or , most of whose 15,000 work-from-home jobs are developer positions.


Software architect

Ranked #1 by Forbes on its 2010 “100 Best Jobs In America” list, these digital blueprint-creators can command $75-$100,000 a year and higher and more daily variety than simple programmers.

Software architects work with tech staff in creating plans for software engineers to follow. They also work with a company’s senior business staff, serving as a crucial link between the two worlds.

Because of the need for the face-to-face aspect of this job, it’s pretty protected against outsourcing.

How to get it: To get a shot at this job, you’ll need a B.A. and either a Master’s or loads of related on-the-job experience.


Google employee

Let’s be honest: Any job at Google is one of the most sought-after IT jobs on Earth. In part, it’s because of the exclusivity and prestige of working for one of the highest-profile tech companies on the planet. But more than all those other tech companies, a job at Google comes with the chance to make a difference on one of the most visible parts of the Internet landscape.

And then there are the perks: Free gourmet made-to-order food, free medical care, free gym access, $5,000 towards purchasing hybrid automobiles, “take your pet to work” privileges, and many, many…many more. Though some of these benefits have been scaled-back as of late, developers are still allowed to spend up to 20% of their time on pet projects of their choice.

How to get it: Getting in to Google for each successful applicant means getting past the other million applicants per year for an average of 4,000 jobs. Doing so isn’t just a matter of having the tightest skill set or interviewing best, but being a well-rounded person that will be a good fit in the Google mix. In short, if you’ve ever applied to be a NASA astronaut, you’re well prepared for the process of vying for a job at Google.


Data Modeler

CIO Magazine insightfully said “If database administrators are jet pilots, then data modelers are aerospace engineers.” Basically, data modelers perform the initial work that lets production applications and systems use data.

By doing this job, you are basically driving business processes and help manage data assets at ground-level.

How to get it: To get signed as one of these Navy SEALs of computer data, you’ll need five-years-plus of experience with tools such as ERP and ERWin and on-the-job experience in more than one or two databases.


Database administrator

It doesn’t sound exciting but database administrator is one of the single-most recession-proof/outsourcing-proof jobs in IT. That’s because even though the organizing and management of data, database troubleshooting, and software updates could be done by outside contractors, no one wants the uncertainty of outsourcing all that to external firms with high turnover rates.

This job has been around longer than most in IT but don’t think you can sit back and cruise through a couple of decades in this area: Database administrators typically have to become experts on new programs every six months.

How to get it: You can get to this job from any number of other IT areas, assuming you are good at what you do and get certified in database management software such as Oracle, DB2, and/or SQL Server.


Offsite tech support specialist

Much like web designers and developers, tech support specialists – more and more – are being farmed-out to people working out of their homes.

The up-side is that you can work from anywhere you can pick up a phone. The down-side is that you’re following “problem trees” and getting screamed at by people who don’t actually know what they want.

How to get it: All-in all, working tech support is an increasingly portable job – which by itself makes it desirable, if you can sort out the legit job opportunities from the scams.


Information Systems (IS) Security Engineer

Good pay but few of the people who do this job can do so without tri-hourly smoke breaks.

This job is hard to get but also hard to do – especially during those 3 am emergency calls.

Basically, an IS security engineer develops plans for others to carry out that safeguard files, designs security architecture, ensures the integrity of system computers, and the security of databases and data transfers.

How to get it: Among a slew of other competencies, to get this job, you’ll need proven experience and success with maintaining existing network security capabilities and upgrading security technology.


Think you have what it takes to get these highly sought-after jobs? Browse the Modis job database today and start applying.

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