IT Job Outlook Looks Bright

3/7/2011

Hoboken, NJ – March 4, 2011 – In IT (Information Technology) jobs, it’s all about what you know; but even more than that, it’s about how specific your knowledge is. Having general computer knowledge is useful for essentially all job fields in the 21st century, but in the world of IT, certifications and other specific skills are what earn workers the most money and the best jobs. However, Microsoft certifications, once in high demand, are becoming more common and therefore slightly less valuable. IT workers with Microsoft certifications earn 5.9% more than IT workers without any certifications, but IT workers with some kind of certification on average earn 7.3% more than IT workers without any certifications. These statistics show that Microsoft certifications certainly prove to be worthwhile, but not as valuable as some other industry certifications.
 
Foote Partners, an IT research firm, tracks more than 100,000 IT workers, and according to their most recent data, 43% of IT workers are receiving raises based on their certifications. Some of the most currently in demand skills are related to Cisco, Oracle, EMC, VMware, IBM, SAP, and Red Hat technologies. Java development skills are also highly in demand; these skill sets have recently replaced IT security as the most highly sought-after skills for IT workers. Overall, the job picture remains bright for IT employees, but certifications in all areas continue to earn higher pay for workers and make them more desirable to employers (http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/219637/microsoft_certifications_wont_boost_your_pay_much.html).
 
As the IT world enters a job market where simply having computer skills may no longer be enough, new research is needed to help IT professionals and human resource professionals learn to work in this changing job market. In order to provide this research, IGI Global is proud to announce the release of one of its newest books, Managing IT Human Resources: Considerations for Organizations and Personnel, edited by Jerry Luftman, Ph.D., Stevens Institute of Technology, USA. This reference provides a comprehensive presentation of current and emerging perspectives focusing on all aspects of managing IT HR from the view of both practitioners and academics located around the globe.  It will focus on the results of recent research (from leading practitioners and academics) and their implications to IT human resource considerations. It presents what IT professionals are seeking in a position, characteristics of the IT environment that contributes to the HR complexity, the retention of IT talent, stress in the workplace, IT career development, and the impact of IT outsourcing.
 
Recognizing a growing need for information covering these areas, Luftman describes the current IT job market saying, “Attracting and retaining top IT … talent is a major concern for most organizations. As we transitioned into the new millennium, the dot com boom turned to a bust, Y2K was over, and the recession hit, everything came to a dramatic halt. The economy then improved and was struck again with the more severe recession of 2008. The economy is now improving and the hiring of IT staff is expected to rebound. It will not likely grow at the breakneck speed of the 90s, but it is anticipated to grow. It is a continuous cycle that must be addressed, as the demand for IT grows.”

This book is comprised of 22 chapters contributed by a global network of experts in their field. For more information on this title, please visit http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/titledetails.aspx?TitleId=45966.

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