Jobs in Information Technology
If you are out of work and in search of a job, you may be considering jobs in technology. And technology is without doubt one of the trends which keeps on growing. As soon as you have bought one gadget, it’s out of date and gadgets which might have seemed like luxuries not so long ago, are now becoming essentials for the majority of the population.
Not everyone has an iPad or similar device, but almost everyone has a mobile phone – and that includes children. Families may only be able to afford one car, but it’s likely that they have 4 or 5 mobile phones. And many people use mobile phones to access the internet. So they may not have internet access at home, but use a mobile device to get online.
There is no doubt that technology will continue to develop and the industry will expand, whatever state the economy might be in at the moment – and however grim the forecast.
But what does this mean in terms of jobs and employment?
For those of you who are technically minded, this is definitley a field to consider. If you are just starting out and about to embark on a degree or other form of training, these are, according to computerworld.com, some of the best opportunities in this field are for: programmers, project managers, help desk and network professionals and people who specialize in web 2.0 technologies.
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But What If You don’t have a Degree in IT ?
If computer-related jobs are expected to experience massive growth, is it possible to work in this field without having the training for a high-tech career? You will have been aware of this trend for some time, but if you don’t have a technical background or the cash to get one, you may have skipped over technology as an option for a career.
If you do have a reasonably technical mind, but lack qualifications and knowledge, there is a lot you can learn on your own, with the help of online courses (many are free) and books from the local library. This could help you learn skills like programming and webdesign without having to take a college degree.
Before you start, do a search to find out which skills and programs are in demand and likely to continue to be in demand for some time. Things change very quickly and you don’t want to spend time and money learning something which is obsolete as soon as you have mastered it.
You could also find a local student to help you out. A few sessions shouldn’t cost too much and will help you find out if you would enjoy learning and using technical skills, and
And What if You Aren’t Very Technically Minded?
The increased application of technology in daily life also creates more jobs in sales and if you enjoy teaching, there is plenty of scope for educating people in how to use the latest inventions. These jobs do require a certain amount of technical knowledge, but their main focus is on other skills and you can specialize in one small area. Of course, technology moves incredibly quickly and you’ll have to keep up. So you’ll have to enjoy ongoing learning!
And for those of you who truly hate technology, how about helping people deal with the increased stress that technology causes? This seems to be more topical than the time-saving benefits which were talked about so much in the past!
The rapid growth of the internet has led to many new opportunities, not only for young computer geeks, but also for people of all ages who want to make a living from home. Many internet-related skills are therefore in demand, from teaching beginners how to surf and send email, to programming and designing websites.
Depending on age (despite laws against age discrimination, computer-related jobs tend to go to younger workers) and ability, jobs in these areas can be in full-time employment, on short-term contract or on a freelance basis. Anyone with internet skills can use them to build their own online business or help other people build theirs.
And if you don’t like the internet, how about organizing internet-free activities for families? With kids spending so much time in front of computer screens, it’s good for their health, both physical and mental to have something else to do. And it’s important for families to do stuff together.
So even if you hate technology, with a little creative thinking you can cash in on the fact that jobs in information technology are on the increase.