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AITP Members Detail Growing Job Categories and Needed Skills

Monday, June 10, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tom Janicki
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In a recent survey, our members indicated that the job categories of IT Big Data Analysts and IT Project Managers would experience the highest growth rate among IT job categories in the next two years. These results are from a May 2013 survey of our AITP non-student members. Over 6% of our members responded to the survey, thank you! These survey results will be shared with IT educators to help their curriculums stay current with changes in technologies and skills.

Job Growth Data

IT Supervisors and IT Human Resource professionals were asked to detail their hiring expectations for the next two years by job category. The following are their responses for the next two years listed in order of highest growth to lowest:

  • Big Data Analyst
  • IT Project Managers
  • Database Administrator/Analyst
  • Business/System Analyst
  • Network/Security Professionals
  • Software Developers

The survey results certainly support the efforts of firms to collect, analyze, and protect data. The rate of expected job growth ranges from over 20% for the Big Data Analysts to over 10% for Software Developers in the next two years. These expectations are ahead of the Bureau of Labor Statistics which reported a ten year growth rate of 22% for all IT professions from 2010 to 2020 (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/about/projections-overview.htm) however they are well in line with the US News report which details IT occupations comprising 4 of the top 10 jobs in 2013. (http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/the-100-best-jobs).

The survey reported that candidates for Big Data jobs should enhance their knowledge of the following areas to be more marketable: SQL Query, SQL Reporting, DB Design Concepts, Analysis Tools (i.e. SSIS, SSAS, SSRS) and concepts related to Raw/Unstructured Data.

For IT Project Managers the following skills were considered important: Team Management, Resource Scheduling, Risk Management, Leadership/Planning and Scheduling. 

Desired Job Skills for IT Professionals

Another segment of the survey asked current IT professionals and IT hiring professionals the job skills a ‘modern' IT professional should possess in their knowledge toolkit regardless of the specific job category. Interestingly, while Business/System Analyst was the fourth highest for expected job growth, it was number one in terms of skills that all IT professionals should possess. Clearly, the need to define a problem, define alternatives and design a solution exists for all IT professionals regardless of the specific project.

The following details the results from the survey for IT skills across all IT professionals (in rank order).

  1. Business / System Analysis Knowledge and Skills
  2. Management of IT Projects
  3. Network and Security Concepts
  4. Database Skills
  5. Software Development
  6. Data Analytics Knowledge
  7. Cloud / Virtualization Concepts

This survey was conducted in association with the Cameron Business School at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. A full report drilling down on job skills by job category desired for specific occupations as well as the leading technologies expected to grow will be available this fall on AITP-EDSIG (Education Special Interest Group)'s website at http://isecon.org . If you have additional questions before the publication, contact researchers and AITP members: Tom Janicki (janickit@uncw.edu) or Jeffrey Cummings (cummingsj@uncw.edu).


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