Why Information Technology is a great choice of career

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The number of new recruits in IT has been in decline for some years and there is no indication this year will be any different. But in the UK, one in 20 people work in IT and unemployment for IT staff has now dropped to 3.1%, compared to 8.3% for the overall workforce. Four out of five jobs require IT skills. Unemployment is rising and yet there is still an IT skills shortage, says Gordon Frazer, UK managing director of Microsoft.

So why not consider a career in IT?

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Good news... hope the recovery comes fast and strong. Our company is just barely hanging on and has depleted most of the cash reserves we have been operating on the last couple of years because We cannot find qualified people with degree, if you need a degree i would strongly recommend check out "High Speed University" for any one looking to get a professional degree

I beg to differ with Mr. Saran’s assertion. For years Technology has destroyed many jobs; the latest victim is the IT department itself.

As cloud computing gains popularity and development tools become simple enough, the power will shift from the highly overpaid IT department to the hands of the business users themselves.

That is not to say that the need for software engineers will die completely. There will still be a need for developers in highly specialized areas such as medical devices, micro-controllers, and 3D games and animation. Nevertheless, many of those jobs will be few and far between and will require specialized programmers and degrees.

Those who graduate in IT today are sure to be unemployed 20 years from now, and I am being kind.

For anyone considering a career in IT I highly recommend taking 5 minutes to read this article: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/010708-carr-it-dead.html?page=1 . Better yet, read The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google, Nicholas Carr, ISBN 0393062287

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