Information Technology Careers - The Hottest Jobs for the New Millennium

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Serves as an independent, definitive reference guide to IT industry certification programs, training programs and materials, what to expect from the job market, ways for certified professionals to remain current in their fields, and how to grow professionally to meet the changing needs of this job market. Evaluates all major vendor and non vendor-specific certifications as an independent A-Z reference of certification providers. Addresses future growth of each certification with one-, two-, and five-year forecasts on growth and industry changes. Contains valuable tips from IT recruiters on ways for those holding certifications to break into the IT industry.

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Technology has come a long way since it's humble beginnings back in 1946 when the first computer system was put into service. Since that time, computers and technology have been fully integrated into our daily lives. It now influences how we work, where we work, and what we work with. As the continued level of integration between technology and our personal and business lives increases, a shortage of skilled IT professionals may actually become the limiting factor in how quickly we can progress. The point is, that to make technology work for us, we have to make it work. That takes skilled people, and there are simply not enough to go around. The demand for skilled IT professionals manages to consistently outstrip supply, ensuring that the IT industry as a whole is experiencing a shortage of skilled workers. Research shows that this shortage of IT professionals is not only going to continue but will in fact get worse. Numerous degree, diploma and certification programs have been created to address this shortage and prepare students for a career in IT. Still, the shortage persists. The shortage of IT professionals makes the IT industry an attractive choice for those entering the work force or those retraining for another career. The decision to spend both time and money on a training program can be made easier when the job outlook after the training is particularly positive. Making the decision to work in the IT industry is the merely the first step, from there the search for which specific area of the IT industry to work in begins. The occupations that comprise this industry are diverse ranging from web design, and database development to help desk support and computer repair and maintenance. Each of these occupations requires their own skills and educational prerequisites. A career in programming, for instance, is quite different from one in network administration or from a career in web design. Additionally, the training and personal aptitudes required for these jobs varies greatly. For those interested in a career in IT and want to know what to expect can get the inside scoop by reading the Information Technology Careers - The Hottest Jobs for the New Millennium from Coriolis publishing. This book provides a look at the current state of the IT industry, and what it took to get to this point. Armed with a bit of knowledge of the IT world in general, the book examines how a career in IT may work for you. The book is divided into three sections. The first section provides an overview of the IT industry, where technology is today and where it will be headed in the future. The factors that can influence a decision to work in IT are explored, including the challenges that face those wanting to enter an IT career. The final part of this section is all about matching personality to a career in IT. Different jobs within IT require different skills, and personal attributes. Five IT jobs are discussed along with the unique challenges and pressures found in each. The information provided on these careers can help you determine your personal suitabiltiy for the occupations. Jobs in the IT industry often have unique requirements and working conditions. The second section explores these unique working conditions. Such information is crucial for making a solid career choice in IT. If, for instance, you do not like working evenings and weekends to meet a rigid deadline, then perhaps programming in not an appropriate career choice. This is the kind of information you need to know, and this is the kind of information this book provides. With careers in IT changing as fast as they do, it is important to know where this is all headed. This section includes a comprehensive job outlook for the listed professions. This job outlook may include such detailed information as the current and future duties of the job, continued demand, training requirements and expected salary range. The final section of the book is all about turning your IT objectives into a reality. With an understanding of the more popular technical areas available, the preparation for a career in IT begins. With so many study options, and so many certifications and qualifications available, it can be hard to decide which will get you to your chosen destination most effectively. By discussing the comparative merits of each path, you will gain the information needed to make informed decisions about your future. The book also discusses how you get the most valuable of IT job search assets - experience. The section also includes information on how to prepare for a IT job search, including resumes, cover letters and anything else you may need. The section ends with a discussion on how to keep your skills current and maintain your marketability as an IT professional. Information Technology Careers - The Hottest Jobs for the New Millennium provides an independent, definitive reference guide to the IT industry, including training programs and materials, what to expect from the job market, ways for certified professionals to remain current in their fields, and how to grow professionally to meet the changing needs of this job market.

About the Author:

Drew Bird (MCNI, MCNE, MCT, MCSE, CNE) has been working in the IT industry for over 11 years. After starting out working with mainframes, he quickly moved into the PC networking arena, where he has worked ever since. In 1995, Drew became a technical instructor teaching networking topics. Since then, he has moved in and out of technical training and consultancy roles. Drew is a regular contributor to a number of Internet Web sites and computer magazines.

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