IT unemployment is very low, but that doesn't mean you should let your skills stagnate.
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If you work in IT, chances are pretty good that you are perfectly happy with your current job. But that doesn't mean you should put your career on autopilot.
In the 2018 Interop and InformationWeek IT Salary Survey, two-thirds of respondents said they were satisfied (45%) or very satisfied (24%) with their current jobs. Only 4% said they were very dissatisfied. The numbers were even higher among IT managers and other executives: 49% were satisfied, 22% satisfied, and only 2% very dissatisfied.
Not surprisingly, very few of those surveyed were looking to switch employers. In fact, only 11% said they were actively looking.
That's bad news for potential new employers. Many of them are looking to recruit new employees — particularly those with in-demand skills in areas like cybersecurity, DevOps, artificial intelligence (AI), big data, cloud computing, and blockchain. Some say they can't find enough qualified applicants, even though they are offering salaries much higher than in years past.
For employees and job candidates, on the other hand, the outlook is great. Positions are plentiful, and pay is high and rising.
However, experts caution that IT professionals shouldn't ignore their careers just because the job market seems great right now. Technology is constantly changing, and those who don't keep their skills up-to-date could soon find job hunting more difficult, even in the current market. And if the economic situation changes, those who have planned ahead will find it easiest to maintain employment — and possibly advance their careers — when jobs become more scarce.
With that in mind, here are 10 career moves you should consider making in 2019, whether you plan to pursue a new position now or if you simply want to have relevant skills to offer current and future employers.
Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio
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