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The number of jobs in IT will grow tremendously in the next eight years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In fact, 8 out of the 10 fastest-growing occupations will be in IT. Here is just a sampling of some of the jobs that will experience growth in the coming years. Here are the top 3.

Project Managers

Project managersdevelop requirements, budgets, and schedules for their firms’ information technology projects. They coordinate such projects from development through implementation, working with internal and external clients, vendors, consultants, and computer specialists. These managers are increasingly involved in projects that upgrade the information security of an organization as well as set project scope, priorities, deadlines and deliverables schedules. No matter the scope, project managers have a large impact on company success.

26% of IT leaders plan to hire project managers and another 59% plan to train their current staff as employers are recognizing the importance of planning, budgeting and scheduling skills as technology is integrated into all aspects of business, and now IT staff are required to collaborate with employees throughout the organization. Project managers will see an increase in base compensation of 4.1 percent in 2007, to between $72,750 and $106,250 a year. Companies seek experienced project managers to supervise IT applications.

This is a generally a highly visible position involving regular collaboration with the CIO, IT senior leadership team, IT Steering Committee and business management. Excellent communication skills are needed. Dice currently lists 13677 jobs for Project management. Drawback seems to be like that sometimes it’s difficult to get that first management job unless you have experience and you can't get experience if no one will give you a first job!

Type of education

While Project management can entail many sectors, in the IT sector a minimum Bachelors degree in Computer Science, MIS or a related discipline plus work experience is generally needed. Most employment opportunities I searched also required 5-7 years of experience on system analysis and design – data warehouse/business intelligence plus 3 to 5 years of experience in a Project Leadership, Supervisory and Management role with a strong background in team development. All required that candidates should have excellent organization and communication skills, the ability to integrate solutions and conflicting interests and have knowledge of project management software. Certification and accreditation in many times required.

Typical career path

One way is to seek out project team lead opportunities in your current organization. Starting small to get your feet wet, even if you're team lead for a small project, make sure you do that well to open the door to larger projects and opportunities.

Network Managers

Network managers help determine both technical and business goals in consultation with top management and make detailed plans for the accomplishment of these goals. Good project management skills go hand-in-hand with becoming a successful network manager. IT leaders identified network management as both a top hiring (26%) and a top outsourcing priority (17%) for 2007. Essentially, IT leaders will outsource when an internal staff would be too expensive to do only routine deployment, configuration, and maintenance. They will also outsource the “transport” function to carriers who can handle the basic support and management issues. However, IT leaders plan to hire network professionals who can architect and secure what has already been outsourced, as well as manage the network implications of security and automation. Besides managing sophisticated computer networks, network professionals are needed to set up and maintain more complex Internet and intranet sites. Keeping a computer network running smoothly is essential to almost every organization. Firms will be more willing to hire managers who can accomplish that.

Type of education

Beginning at the low spectrum of the career path, most businesses require technicians who are A+ certified. This certification proves the technician is knowledgeable in PC hardware and software services and support. CompTIA A+ is the most popular form of being certified.

To advance, a bachelor’s degree is normally required for management positions, although some employers often prefer a graduate degree, especially an MBA with technology as a core component with heavy emphasis on information technology in addition to the standard business curriculum, or degree in MISM, which blends technical core subjects with business subjects. Why? Some managers attain their positions with only an associate degree, but generally have acquired sufficient experience and must have acquired additional skills on the job. Typically, for professional advancement, though, many managers with an associate degree eventually do earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree while working.

Typical career path

A career in network management consists of computer maintenance, information technology support, network administration, software installation, configuration, maintenance, upgrade, and troubleshooting. Typical career progressions in networking usually start with help desk support, then computer repair technician and then network management. In most situations, the technician will need to gain basic knowledge of computers and network technology management before they can specialize in a certain field of information technology. Once enough experience is gained in their field, specialization can include areas such as network installation, internet security, UNIX or Internet Information Services (IIS) web servers, computer maintenance and other computer management areas. Career opportunities are varied and wide-ranging in this occupation. In addition, with the experienced gained in this career, some may choose to start their own business in computer repair, internet services or other information technology related fields.

Web Developers

Although not listed in the Forrester Hot IT I thought I would mention web development. As companies leverage Web 2.0 initiatives to drive business Web developers are currently in high demand. They are also needed to provide technical assistance to web administrators, integrate websites with back-end systems, and write test plans and results. Starting salaries between $54,750 and $81,500 annually. What is hot is people with .NET, AJAX and Java skills.

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