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Not All Jobs are Moving Offshore –

Despite the fears of IT jobs moving offshore, “The highest-demand jobs in this sector require employees who are on site and can work with teams to create, develop, and solve problems,” says Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D, author and one of the nation’s leading career information experts. Further, the BLS projects growth of 6.1% annually through 2020. Seeing this large percentage in job growth, one starts to wonder who works in IT and what the future holds for the information technology industry.

Who works in IT?

We will be addressing who works in IT and what the future holds. Specifically, we will be covering Network and Computer Systems Administrators. For starters, they are three times more likely to be male than female. They have a median age of 40.1 years and 68.3% of them are white. So far nothing to surprising… but what about education?! Well, 47.8% of them have an associate’s degree or less. Of those with degrees, 39.8% of them come from a non-tech background, 21.8% of which come from business. Surprisingly, many IT workers do not have Bachelor’s Degrees and many of them with degrees are not tech related. Maybe you have a shot of working in IT after all!

 IT Workers: Demographics

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Cloud Computing – High Projected Job Growth

Are you looking for a job as a Network Computer System Administrator? A large portion of the projected growth in the IT industry is from cloud computing related jobs. According to, the average salary in cloud computing is $101,000. Below is a map from Forbes that shows the areas of the country with the most jobs in this field, in darker blue:


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We now know who they are, how much they make, and where the jobs are, but what skills do they need?

Cloud Computing – Required Skills

First, you will need to have a certification in cloud computing. Some of the top cloud computing certifications come from Microsoft, IBM, and Google. Beyond the technical skills, working in cloud computing requires:

  • Being able to communicate in business language
  • Understanding how key technologies interact
  • Knowing about operations – DR, HA, Business Continuity
  • Understanding of applications, security and the end-user, and how they interact.

For more details on each topic visit: Data Center Knowledge.

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