For more than thirty years now, the global IT sector has been growing. Rapid developments in a variety of technology fields have created whole new industries and revolutionized others. For those that became a part of the swelling ranks of IT workers, it’s been a time of unprecedented career opportunities.
The good news is that there are some IT specializations that all but guarantee an endless array of career options, and are likely to remain that way for years to come. As a primer for IT workers, both old and new, here’s what they are.
All around the world, healthcare organizations are rolling out new technologies to improve their level of patient care and drive down costs. Since the sector is subject to strict regulatory requirements and data handling laws, it takes a fair amount of specialized knowledge to work with healthcare IT systems. For IT workers, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime.
Cloud Systems Engineer
The last decade has seen a profound shift in the IT world away from on-premises servers and hardware and toward the myriad cloud services that are now the backbone of most major businesses. As that shift happened, it altered the way that organizations approach their technology needs, and has created an enormous need for cloud-specific skill sets.
IT professionals with experience working with multiple cloud platforms, and particularly the major vendors like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google are positioned well in this new environment. Those that have or acquire expertise in single-sign-on and cloud security systems are even better off. Going forward, this specialty is a virtual lock to replace most traditional network administrator positions and is a great field for those workers to make a lateral shift into.
The Shape of the Future IT Workforce
For anyone who works in an IT field, or for the countless people who are poised to join them in the coming years, these four specialties should provide ample opportunities for those who seize them. Of course, with technology developing at a rapid clip, there’s bound to be more that join them in the coming years. These four, though, are as close to a sure thing as anyone’s likely to find in the whole technology world. The key to success though, as always, is to keep abreast of those developments and to never stop learning. With so many new things to know, that’s the one part of the IT job that will never change.
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