As long as businesses exist, there will always be a need for information technology services. After all, businesses need to meet the bottom line, exceed Wall Street earnings expectations, and maintain accountability to stock holders. What better way to do that than to integrate information technology into standard practices to improve and streamline businesses processes?
Recent years have seen a downward trend in the career opportunities and jobs available for individuals experienced in information technology services. Increased outsourcing of information technology services and jobs overseas has discouraged students from entering into the computer sciences field. Students who have graduated with computer science degrees find well-paying jobs, only to be rewarded with a pink slip a few years later. However, new technologies and services demand a level of knowledge that can’t be met through outsourcing.
Certain fields within information technology services remain hot ticket commodities in the U.S. job market. These jobs concentrate in providing businesses with the necessary support infrastructures to successfully manipulate the new technology, checks to make sure compliance with existing policies and governmental regulations are met, and general data maintenance. Information technology service positions that will see continued growth are discussed below.
The demand for Information Technology Auditors is on the rise. The Enron, WorldCom, and Tyco have solidified the need for experts knowledgeable in the language of technology and laws such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2017 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Information technology auditors enforce corporate compliance with such laws by evaluating existing systems and recommend technology upgrades that will help a company meet compliance.
Most companies need to maintain departments dedicated to technology support in order to resolve issues that may arise while doing day-to-day business. This falls under the domain of the Business Systems Analyst. Business Systems Analysts remain one of the fastest growing occupations according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook. Business systems analysts are concerned with supporting an organization’s information technology needs by streamlining business tasks and providing network support services to make sure companies are operational 24/7.
Computer scientists and database administrators also enjoy continued growth in the U.S. business market. Computer scientists find ways to maximize the use of technology in order to increase the efficiency of business processes. Database administrators manage information and data. Database administrators find efficient methods of organizing and storing for organizations. Data is the backbone of organizations, and businesses will always need efficient ways of dealing with large quantities of data as part of meeting the bottom line.
Most information technology service positions require formal education and on-the-job training. While an Associate’s Degree may be suitable for entry-level positions in support and basic applications development, most companies will look towards individuals with a Bachelor’s to Doctoral degree for the more prestigious positions. Most will also require certification within the field of specialty.
While information technology services will always face the up-and-down rollercoaster of the technology world, remember that businesses will always need basic information technology infrastructure in order to meet the bottom line.