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Why Work In Information Technology

why work in information technologyAs an information technology professional, I often get asked why I work in IT, or what’s good about working in IT. Sure, I have a passion for computers, but that may only get you so far. Below I’ve listed some of the reasons it’s good to work in IT.

 

Good Money

One of the best reasons for why work in information technology is arguably the money. Information technology is known as a career that pays fairly well, across many areas. Senior developers, architects, project managers, team leaders – all are examples of roles in IT that can pay quite well. Even other areas of IT, depending on employers, demand, and other factors, may offer good salaries as well.

 

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Constant Change

The world of information technology is constantly changing. Whether you’re a developer for a large company or a small company, in a management position, freelancing or anything else, the world of IT is changing all the time. At the time of writing, some of the big things in IT are tablet and mobile computing, cloud computing, and social networking – none of which were as prominent even a few years ago. This all helps to keep the industry exciting and another reason for why work in information technology.

 

Controlled Climate

Most IT jobs involve working in an office – which does have advantages. One of those is climate control – whether it’s the middle of summer and scorching hot outside, or cold in winter, if you’re in an office it’s most likely a standard, comfortable temperature.

 

High Demand

This may be dependent on your location and the economy, but more often than not, IT skills are in high demand. Many companies need IT work done, as it has been proven to add value or save money to them. As a result, there is usually a lot of work needed to be done in the IT world – development, installation, support, management, among others. This is another good reason for why work in information technology.

 

Valued Skills

As working in IT requires in most cases some kind of tertiary education, it is seen as a skill that is valued. Performing any kind of work in IT requires a level of skill, which may seem hard or difficult to others who are not sure how it’s done, and therefore appreciated.

 

Challenging

The life of an IT professional is challenging. Due to the above point of constant change, and also due to expectations of your role and deadlines that have been set, there is a level of challenge to most roles in IT. However, this can be very rewarding! And that’s a reason why the pay is good!

 

Varied Roles

There are many different roles as an IT professional you could be involved in. You could work as a system administrator, or be involved in security or networking, which is a large field in itself. You could be a software developer, and there are many technologies to specialise in, or to learn. Other roles such as analysis, or management, can be just as varied, which means it’s easier to find a role that suits you. If you’re not sure what to specialise in, try creating a career plan to give yourself an idea.

 

Help People

Working in IT has the advantage of helping people in one way or another. If you’re in a support role, for example, you help people by fixing their problems or providing solutions for areas of their work. If you’re a developer, you create solutions for their needs. If you’re an analyst, you find out what the customer or user wants and ensure the solution is created in that way. This can bring satisfaction in itself and is another little-known reason for why working in information technology.

 

Convenience of Location

Related to the point above about working in an office, most office jobs are in a centralised location or central business district. This can be convenient for getting personal things done and for socialising. Banks, post offices, shops, restaurants, bars and cafes are usually common in the locations where offices are, which makes it easier to run errands in your work day, or catch up with friends or family after your working day!

 

Feel free to leave comments and share your favourite reasons about working as an IT professional!

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10 thoughts on “Why Work In Information Technology

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  2. I’m not certain if I’m placing this in the right area, but I am getting ready to move to the U . S . and am attempting to secure employment in the information technology field. I currently have a job lead with a organization (LTJ Management, LLC, 900 Congress Ave, Suite L-150, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 895-9500) and wanted some thoughts on the easiest method to investigate them to discover if they could be a good organization to work for. I’ve checked on their webpage, but thought someone here may have a few other tips on exactly where to look. Thank very much.

    • Hi, thanks for the comment. I would suggest doing a Google search for them, and checking if there are any forum posts or anything from people that have information about working for them. I’m not based in the US so I don’t know anything about them myself.
      If any of the other readers have any advice it would be appreciated!

  3. Hello,
    This was a great article! I am new at this, I’m still deciding what I want to do. I am 20 years old. I was studying Criminal Justice, but that field wasn’t working for me. Now I’m thinking between Business or IT… I’m still trying to figure out. If I decide to go for IT, which degree would you recommend that I take? There are many different names and I am unsure which one I should go for. Thank You!

    • Hi,
      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed the article. Regarding the degree to start – a common one is a Bachelor in Computing, or Bachelor in Information Systems. Alternatively, you could look at some certifications to get you started – they usually require less time investment and smaller exams, just in case you find you don’t enjoy it.
      Which area of IT are you looking to get in to?
      Ben

    • Hi Shuhaib, I think that’s what a lot of us want – a top level job in the IT field!
      What experience do you have? What kind of role in the IT field do you want? This will help determine what you need to do.

  4. IT people are in high demand. I work in basic networking now, making mid-range money. I’m working on getting more certifications right now. Advanced networking skills are about the best specialty to go into.

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