Re: Tob Jobs For Stem: Big Data, IT Product Management
On the one hand, considering that the report is meant to cover all of STEM (which I take to mean everything from scientific research up to applied physics), it may be somewhat surprising just how much of it seems to intersect corporate IT - from the hardware design to the project management, these are mostly things connected in some way to that world. On the other hand, when zeroing in on IT, there are definitely still some surprises on what is (and isn't) on this list. The product management is definitely one, purely because, as you mention, I don't tradtionally think of it is an IT job. You make a strong case for it, Kevin, but I'm still surprised to see it here over other choices like traditional (non-cloud) software development.
I also expected some combination of mobile, networking/wireless, and virtualizion specialists to make the list. Is product management here because it was projected to have higher growth by CEB, or because you thought it was more important to highlight? Electrical and mechanical engineers are not so much surprising in their presence, but maybe in the sheer extent of their growth - and, now that I think about it, their broadness (along with hardware design) may account for a lack of some categories people might have expected to see, in that they cover those jobs as well. I tend to be skeptical of projections this far out, but this is definitely a worthy snapshot of years to come in IT.