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JB2064
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JB2064,
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9/30/2016 | 1:24:43 PM
Top Jobs????
While all of these sound great, the real trend is to outsource these jobs. If you plan on pursuing any of these, don't look to be employed by a company whose main business is something other than information technology. It will be a very short lived career if you do. Not like it was in the old days....
Zman7
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Zman7,
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9/29/2016 | 7:08:57 PM
Vague and duplicate position titles
Many of these position titles are duplicates...architect/systems architect, software engineer/software programmer, etc. There are really only about 5 positions described here.

I've worked at many of the largest tech firms in the world. When someone said "I'm a software engineer" we all knew he was just another programmer.  :-)
zminot16
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zminot16,
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9/28/2016 | 10:25:51 AM
Re: Good base career choice
Things have changed since 1985. A lot. It's 2016 now. New segments have emerged and will continue to emerge. Are you going to pretend that you are an expert in every possible segment of IT? It's not even remotely possible. Some people can spend their whole lives studying JUST databases, or JUST security, or JUST websites, and still not even be an expert. Its ridiculous to think that these things should NOT be segmented. Maybe in 1985 all these things were the same, but things are much more complex now. 
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
User Rank: Strategist
9/27/2016 | 1:56:31 PM
Re: Good base career choice
@TerryB--it's a valid question, and certainly the roles will vary by company size. We've seen a steady move toward more and more finely tuned jobs in IT for some time now, though that might be in part due to the size of companies represented by survey respondents. Nearly 60% of respondents to this survey work for companies that employ 500 or more people -- and fully a third of those respondents work for companies with more than 5,000 employees.
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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9/26/2016 | 6:47:35 PM
Re: Good base career choice
@Whoopty--It's deifnitely a chance for entry level or even longer-term professionals to have a look and see where they might direct their careers for the best paying outcomes. Of course, these results are median comp nationwide, so there will be regional differences depending on which part of the country one targets. But still, all of these positions pay well above the US median of approximately $55K/year for those with Bachelor degrees or higher.
TerryB
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9/26/2016 | 1:53:53 PM
Re: Good base career choice
I just had to chuckle at this. I have a 4 year BS degree in Comp Sci in 1985. I've spent my career working at biz units where local staff was very small or (like now) I'm only IT person at site. I execute about 7-8 of these "careers" as part of my core job. I was kidding HR it looks like they owe me about $800K per year in salary. 

Seriously, since when did developer, database admin, business analyst, security, architect, etc get so segmented? It certainly wasn't taught that way in 1985 and no SMB is going to employ one person for each of these jobs. Life at big companies must be a nightmare. And very, very boring. 
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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9/26/2016 | 7:36:28 AM
Good base career choice
If any students are unsure about what careers to go into, these are some great examples of fall back careers. If you can at least get some of these base career skills under your belt, there's a lot of transferance between industries and plenty of scope of transitioning into more advanced roles in the future. 

Especially with the increased scope in the near future for the IOT, cloud computing functionality and analytics, many of these seem like solid career choices for the next couple of decades at least. 


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