Careers in IT

“I think that it’s extraordinarily important that we in computer science keep fun in computing. When it started out, it was an awful lot of fun. Of course, the paying customers got shafted every now and then, and after a while we began to take their complaints seriously. We began to feel as if we really were responsible for the successful, error-free perfect use of these machines. I don’t think we are. I think we’re responsible for stretching them, setting them off in new directions, and keeping fun in the house. I hope the field of computer science never loses its sense of fun. Above all, I hope we don’t become missionaries. Don’t feel as if you’re Bible salesmen. The world has too many of those already. What you know about computing other people will learn. Don’t feel as if the key to successful computing is only in your hands. What’s in your hands, I think and hope, is intelligence: the ability to see the machine as more than when you were first led up to it, that you can make it more.”

Alan J. Perlis

I think that captures the spirit of computing at the individual level. Anyone who wants to take a plunge in Computer Science or IT may want to take a deep introspection of themselves, and visualize if they have a future in CS/IT ahead of them.

So what careers do you expect in IT?

First and foremost, you must have a passion in IT. Otherwise, look elsewhere.

Second, IT is dynamic and learning doesn’t stop. IT sheds its own skin every now and then.

And lastly, it’s anything goes. IT just happens to somebody. Maybe it’s your turn!

Without further ado, let’s enumerate what’s in it for you…

  1. Developer (Programmer, Web developer)
  2. Operations (DBA, system/network admin)
  3. DevOps (combination of above)
  4. Big Data experts (BI, analytics, statistics)
  5. Education (CS/IT educators)
  6. C-level (CIO, CTO, CEO)
  7. Consultants
  8. Entrepreneurs (individual, partnership, corporation)
One more tip: There is no best or greatest way in IT. It all depends on context.
Context means it depends on the situation. The situation could be 1) the system will be built from scratch or 2) retro-fitting (there is a legacy hardware/software system to maintain). Either way, technology always exhibit lock-in.
Moreover, context depends if decisions will be made at the individual level or upper management level.
Beware of lock-in but if cost is no objection, it still depends on the situation.

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