Weekend Accelerator – December 1st, 2013

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Most Common Jobs in Information Technology

Most Common Jobs in Information Technology

There are many occupations within information technology, but some are more prevalent than others. The wide spread use of telecommunication and computer systems has translated into high demand for IT professionals across all industries. Software development, application engineering, IT systems and strategy, networks and connectivity, and support and maintenance are all important practice areas that continue to grow.

Here are some of the most common IT jobs found in today’s economy:

Software Developer

Software Developers design and implement device applications, programs, and systems. They collaborate extensively with clients, management, and other developers to solve problems.  They may rework existing pieces of software, or start with only client specifications and requirements. Coding is an important skill, but they deal with other stages of the development process as well, such as debugging, testing, and implementation. In terms of educational background, a bachelor’s degree in computer science is a common route.

Computer Support Specialist

There are two main types of Computer Support Specialists, categorized by who they assist and how. Technical Support Specialists work with IT employees within the company. They are accountable for computer network problems. Help-Desk Technicians deal with people inside and outside the company perhaps less familiar with IT. They need to be very patient and good at diagnosing problems. Both associate and bachelor degrees can lead to employment.

Computer Systems Analyst

To be a Computer Systems Analyst is to understand how all the components, computers, and systems of an organization work together. A good appreciation of both business and technical challenges is important. They need to pinpoint inefficiencies and recommend changes—sometimes on a large scale—to enhance business operations. A detailed understanding of each technology encountered is not necessary. However, it is important to understand how components interact and to be able to intelligently converse with a broad range of professionals.

Computer Programmer

All software and hardware packages have Computer Programmers behind them. Their prime responsibility is the translation of an idea into workable code. It is helpful to understand a number of computer languages, but specialization is also highly valued. Becoming certified in a certain language or product can create a competitive advantage in a job search. Computer science is the most popular undergraduate degree to pursue for this career. Later possible stages of advancement include becoming a Software Developer or Computer Systems Analyst.

Network and Computer Systems Administrator

Network and Computer Systems Administrators ensure the full integration of technology infrastructure and smooth daily operation. They maintain company servers, monitor computer systems, and solve problems efficiently as they arise. Communication, analytical, and multi-tasking are just a few of the skills required to do well as a Network and Computer Systems Administrator. Bachelor degrees are often information or computer science.

The five occupations listed above can lead to stable, lucrative, and mentally stimulating careers. The time and energy invested in developing skills and earning certifications is well spent. If you have questions about these careers or would like to learn more about other job opportunities, please contact IT Accel.

Weekend Accelerator – November 24, 2013

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Free Resources to Keep Your IT Skills Sharp

Free Resources to Keep Your IT Skills Sharp

At IT Accel, we know better than anyone just how important it is for potential IT staff to make sure that their skills not only start out as sharp as possible, but that they also stay that way. This is especially crucial during the search and interview periods, where your focus may be on the job of getting hired rather than on keeping your IT skills sharp. As a matter of fact, however, this period is more important than any other to make sure you continue to hone your IT skills, ultimately making them the best they can be.

Resources for the Search Process

Luckily, there are a number of resources out there to help you do exactly that. Our own website has some wonderful resources for potential IT staff, specific to learning more about topics such as cost of living, resumes, salary, and more. While these resources do not specifically cover the IT skills you need to be maintaining, they do provide invaluable supplemental material for these skills while you conduct your search, especially when it comes to perfecting your interviewing skills.

Check the Latest Demands

Of course, it is also important to continue to keep your IT skills themselves sharp. As such, you should be checking up on which IT skills are the most in demand in the current market, especially those that are expected to become even more prominent come 2014. According to a recent Computerworld report, programming and application development are expected to be in the highest demand in the coming year, with help desk and technical support coming in at a close second. Networking, mobile app and device management, and overall project management all file in closely behind.

It’s also important to keep up with what’s happening currently – the report from 2013 from the same organization lists the skills that were most sought out this year, but may be on their way out. In many cases, companies are still looking to hire for the same skills, so keep an eye out for what has and has not changed.

Read Up on New Product and Strategy Information

Computerworld also has a number of free white papers available for those who are interested in reading up on IT strategy implementation and optimization, as well as enterprise solutions and the latest in technology products. Bitpipe.com also provides access to similar resources for recently published technical white papers, information about products, and even webcasts to help you stay up to date with the latest releases on the market.

Other actions you can take are to check up on the latest skills and standards listed in the job description and even for certain degree programs, so you can see how you measure up with recent graduates.

If at any point you have any questions about what more you can do to prepare for your next job in your IT career, never hesitate to contact us at IT Accel. Not only do we provide job listings, but we can also help match you with the job that is right for you. You can do your part by making sure that your IT skills are in the best shape they can be throughout the process.

Weekend Accelerator – November 17, 2013

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A Day in the Life of an IT Worker

A Day in the Life of an IT Worker

If you are seeking an IT career, it is beneficial to know what a day in the life of an IT worker is like. There are many fields within IT, so specifics vary, but some generalities hold true. Factors such as company size, culture, and organizational structure have a big impact on an employee’s experience. An interesting fact is that most IT employees do not even work for an IT company.

There are too many roles within IT to actually list each with their daily functions. A number of classification attempts have been made, alternative focusing on required skills and job titles. Here are four primary IT worker groupings and what they might expect day-to-day:

The Manager

There are many different kinds of managers involved in IT. Some focus on web technology, some are involved with information systems, and still others might serve at the executive level and call the shots with regards to IT strategy and company direction. Possible routine tasks include dynamic scheduling and project performance evaluation. Every day a manager can anticipate involvement with team leadership and project resource organization.

The Engineer

There is no single definition of an IT engineer because they can work in many different capacities. Software engineers are involved with design, development, and testing. There are also engineers working with telecommunication and the systems of buildings. Computer programmers are focused on one phase of the developmental process, and their daily activities include troubleshooting errors, writing new code, and documenting their process. There are also sales engineers who provide immense value to clients by explaining in detail why products work.

The Analyst

Not only do analysts need in-depth technological understanding, but they also have to communicate with everyone from engineers to upper management. Analysts are the ones who look at IT plans and determine where improvements can be made and what structures should be changed. Possible focuses include networks, operations, systems, databases, and security. Every day they can expect to be involved extensively with some part of the development and implementation process and to be communicating with lots of people.

The Administrator

IT administrators spend their time monitoring systems and troubleshooting errors relating to data, systems, and networks. They are responsible for ensuring that things are running cleanly moment to moment. Dealing with security issues is one of their most important responsibilities. Some of their main daily functions could be assessing enterprise application software and helping develop IT policies.

There are many other types of IT workers, such as help desk support, web technician, and technical writer. Ultimately one important aspect that sets IT workers apart from some other occupations is that they have to be constantly learning on the job. Technology is rapidly changing and in order to stay on top of their field they need to be processing and digesting new information as it comes out. There is a big demand for competent professionals, and this demand will only grow larger as time goes on.

Feel free to take a look at the practice areas represented at IT Accel. Contact us for more information about life as an IT worker.

Weekend Accelerator – November 10, 2013

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