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Where The IT Jobs Aren't: Tech

IT jobs in the tech sector will stall while non-tech industries will drive IT job growth, impacting job geography and skills, says new report.

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IT job creation within the technology sector will stall or decline through 2018, with non-tech industries such as manufacturing, automotive, healthcare, and retail driving IT job growth instead, according to a new report from advisory company CEB.

This shift will create increased competition for IT talent and a new IT job skillset, and will force organizations to think beyond traditional talent pools and candidate profiles to attract and retain the best employees.

The IT sector employs only about one-third of the total IT workforce, while non-IT industries employ the remaining two-thirds of private sector IT workers, according to the report, which analyzed more than 900 cities and 1,000 skills.

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As IT sector employment stalls as a percentage of the total US IT workforce, non-IT sectors will expand: The manufacturing and automotive industries are forecasted to most aggressively grow the share of the workforce, followed by healthcare, retail, and aerospace and defense, the report said, leading to a greater geographic diversity of jobs.

Last year, 67% of IT workers in the US were concentrated in 10 states. But untraditional talent hubs for the IT workforce are emerging, based on their high demand for workers. Pennsylvania, Georgia, Illinois, and Texas ranked in the top seven states with the most IT job openings, according to the report.

"As technology-enabled products and services become more important to the innovation agenda of companies not traditionally defined as IT companies, both the demand and the supply of IT talent is growing beyond historical state and city IT talent hubs such as San Francisco or Seattle," the report said.

Lower costs and availability of skilled talent have made Philadelphia, Oklahoma City, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, and Atlanta popular locations. Last year, the number of open jobs as a percentage of the total IT workforce was at or above 30% in Philadelphia and Oklahoma City, for example, while the San Francisco Bay area and New York were at about 12%, the report said.

"The good news is that individuals looking for jobs may be able to find tech jobs much closer to home since they don't need to move to Washington D.C., Texas, or California," said Jean Martin, executive director at CEB, in an interview.  "The bad news is that the demand for skills is shifting toward more complex tech positions, which means baseline tech skills are commoditizing and they need to take their skills to the next level to do these jobs."

According to the report, the top five skills in demand by city highlight a considerable shift from traditional skills such as C and C++ to Web, .NET, and mobile skills. Six new emerging roles include technology brokers, cloud integration specialists, collaboration evangelists, service architects, user experience designers, and information insight enablers, according to CEB.

Given the growth of IT jobs in non-IT sectors, this shift is natural, Martin said.

"Industries like hospitality, retail, and manufacturing aren't interested in C++, they're interested in who can manage an IT-enabled customer interface," she pointed out. "It's the liberal arts of technology jobs -- we're seeing companies start to bring in hard tech skills with broader business-based and customer management skills."

As a result, job seekers will need to expand their skill set in order to stay relevant and desirable. "In order to compete for jobs, people will have to go much farther to differentiate themselves," Martin noted. "They will need to be customer experience experts or data experts to do these much more creative jobs on the tech side. We're going to see a different education and career path in the future."

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TerryB
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7/25/2014 | 9:48:55 AM
Re: New IT roles
@kstaron, that's one of the few tiltles on this list I actually understand, although I'm shocked some company would actually have a position for only that. This has to be a LARGE company.

Think Sharepoint, Yammer, etc. I implemented Sharepoint here at our local biz unit back in 2007. The Field of Dreams line hardly applies to this. You know, "If you build it, they will come".

Having a tool to use discussion forums instead of email threads, Doc libraries instead of shared network drives and posting announcements on company news page instead of mass email does not mean people will change their habits and use the tool. I very much have had to play that role, and still do. As Corp also implemented Sharepoint, that has evolved where I am now officially heading up the Sharepoint Competency Group for all our biz units globally.

But that sounds more exciting/involved than it really is. That may be 5% of what I really do, I'm still mainly paid for development and ERP support. But at a very large company, I guess I could see this as full time position. Would be boring as hell though.
MDMConsult14
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7/25/2014 | 4:16:53 AM
Re: Interesting titles
@Henrisha Good point. That's when you can really decipher between the better candidiate. Having highly specialized skills never goes out of date. Especially for technology roles. Being able to adapt those skills to the current marketplace is key.
MDMConsult14
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7/25/2014 | 4:12:57 AM
Re: New IT roles
There are sectors of IT Tech which are strong. Though I do agree that adding in customer experience and customer services related skills are a benefit to today. Organizations today are being pressured to adapt to the evolving consumer which whom are adapting rapidly to our new technologies. Caterng to personalization is in demand.
Henrisha
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Henrisha,
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7/25/2014 | 1:24:59 AM
Re: New IT roles
The new positions sound superfluous sometimes, like some HR people feel the need to make up all-new "exotic" sounding positions. Perhaps it's to fluff up an otherwise boring and low-level sounding position.
Henrisha
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Henrisha,
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7/25/2014 | 12:54:50 AM
Re: Interesting titles
You have a point. There are many institutions these days offering specialization courses and workshops and to a certain degree, they can be incredibly helpful. But the real "specialization" comes when you're on the job and on the field, where you deal with what you're supposed to deal with on a daily basis and eventually develop and hone those skills in the process.
kstaron
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kstaron,
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7/24/2014 | 6:11:00 PM
New IT roles
I'm a little confused about the new IT jobs trending for non IT companies. What exactly is a 'collaborator evangelist'? Sounds like somone singing hyms about working together. Or something you'd find in buzzword bingo. What skills does that position require?

It's good to know the geographic distribution of IT is spreading out. It may affect where we opt to move next time, and the ability to get a job without going to a high cost of living area can be a draw for the right companies. for those of you looking into the job market, does this change anything about where you might look fora new IT job?
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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7/24/2014 | 4:14:30 PM
Re: Interesting titles
>"Collaboration evangelist" has me scratching my head a bit too.

If you have to evangelize collboration, that's a sure sign that it's not happening.
TerryB
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7/24/2014 | 1:53:08 PM
Re: Interesting titles
It never was enough @Pedro. My BS in Comp Sci from 1985 also included a minor in business. That has probably served me better than the tech side because the technology has changed so much. That allowed me early in my career to collapse Programmer/Analyst, Project Leader and Systems Manager into a single job. Think that doesn't make you employable and valuable to your company?

I don't get all this specialization today. Skills that were part of being a Programmer/Analyst, like knowing user interface design, are now a specialty? What's next, instead of Comp Sci degree you will now get a BS in Customer Experience? Where is this train headed?
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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7/24/2014 | 1:43:16 PM
Re: Interesting titles
Next up: Job Title Obstrufication Enabler. VP of Obscure Titles
PedroGonzales
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7/24/2014 | 1:09:22 PM
Re: Interesting titles
I'm scratching my head to what that is as well "information insight enabler".  I have heard of user interface designer and some of my friends have told me that this field is growing.  Just knowing tech skills is not enough these days
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