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    Which IT profession is right for you?

    Posted by Cassie Peterson on Oct 28, 2014 9:43:56 AM

    The IT sector offers an unusually wide and varied job range, which can suit people with different personalities, preferences and studentscodingtechnical skills. In order to make the right decisions when setting up your IT career path, it's essential to have an idea about what various jobs entail and which of them will be demanded in the future. Here's a selection of the most interesting and profitable careers in IT.

    Network administrator

    The job of a network administrator is simple, but important – he's hired to install, support and manage all networks and information system that allow for a smooth flow of information. Network administrators boast a wide variety of technical skills – they're responsible for both hardware and software aspects of a network. They basically set up, optimize and secure the newly established networks. They also ensure that networks are optimized to be most available and efficient.

    Web developer

    Web development is an umbrella term for activities that range from developing web applications to creating web pages and web content. A career in web development requires the knowledge of coding (Java, HTML), but can also involve less technical skills, such as user experience and graphic design. In general, great web developers are able to do many different tasks: trace the workings of an operating system, know the mechanisms that govern user's experience with a website, manipulate it to drive specific user behaviors and follow the hottest trends in web design.

    Software engineer

    Software engineers are the guys who create our programs and games. Just like web development, software engineering is a varied field. The hottest area right now is mobile app development, for instance. If you've got a creative bone in your body, software engineering will give you a chance to apply your skills and create beautiful and captivating apps and games. In order to launch your career, you'll need a breathtaking portfolio and some previous experience on the job.

    Mobile application developer

    This is a hot area of software development that merits a spot of its own. If you have a firm grasp of basic coding languages, you'll surely be able to build and deploy apps for iOS and Android operating systems. Due to the growing use of mobile devices, the sector is expected to surpass traditional PC programming – during the next few years, you can expect more and more companies hiring mobile app devs for various purposes. To launch your career in the field, you'll need a strong background in coding (JavaScript, Ruby, Objective-C) and some experience in mobile app development projects.

    Cloud architect

    Cloud architects basically order and give a form to all the storage space that companies set up in the cloud. Due to the increasing reliance on the cloud, the demand for cloud architects is on the rise. Curiously, cloud architects are the ones to eventually receive one of the fattest paychecks in IT departments. To become a cloud architect, you'll need to have a firm grasp on all technical skills required for the job.

    Data specialist

    Companies and consumers produce petabytes of data, and all of it needs to be stored and made sense of by ventures who want to accurately predict consumer behavior and apply it in their strategies. The sector of data management is expanding to include non-commercial applications in industries like healthcare or public services. Every data specialist must know how to model data – create data designs and define relationships between data fields.

    The list above by no means exhausts the professional paths available in the IT field. Due to the characteristically rapid development of the industry and the growing tendency for outsourcing some of its sectors, it's possible that some IT professions will become less demanded and new ones will boom together with the radical changes in the ways in which users interact with information technologies.

    Tess Pajaron is a Community Manager at Open Colleges, an online learning provider based in Sydney, Australia. She has a background in Business Administration and Management.

    Topics: Computer Science Education, IT, Computer Science Education, IT Professions

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