A Tale of Three Studies

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It was the best of news; it was the busiest of news; it was the most valuable of news.


It might make more sense to paraphrase H.G. Wells in an IT magazine than Charles Dickens, but anyone in the IT industry knows that you play the cards you’re dealt. In this case, I’ve been dealt three very interesting items recently, information I couldn’t wait to share with you.


Let’s start with the good news, which comes from Robert Half Technology. According to a national poll of 1,400 CIOs working at U.S. companies with more than 100 employees, IT professionals are busy and getting busier. The survey reported that 66 percent of respondents feel their IT teams are juggling more projects than they were a year ago. Most of those CIOs, 86 percent, said new projects are eating up current bandwidth.


In last month’s column, I talked with you about similar research, also charting how insanely busy IT professionals can be as the job market rebounds. Even if your dog forgets who you are on occasion, if the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that busier is better than the alternative.


Except in one respect, which is where the busiest news comes in. We’ve established that you’re busy, but apparently the busiest people aren’t always the happiest. According to Sirota Survey Intelligence, employees with just the right workload are the most satisfied. But perhaps surprisingly, in its survey of 203,000 workers, Sirota found overworked employees are the second-happiest group. Those with too little to do on the job are the least enthusiastic about their work.


So, you’re busy and you like it. Now what?


Now the most valuable news, that’s what. The third study, from Foote Partners, offers some real-world advice for those seeking a little security. As part of its annual skills and salary survey, Foote Partners listed the hot jobs most likely to withstand offshoring. If you’re starting out or seeking a change, consider these disciplines:


  • IT architects
  • Project managers
  • Web application programmers
  • ERP/CRM professionals
  • Help desk specialists
  • Data modelers
  • Wireless administrators
  • Disaster recovery specialists
  • Systems integrators
  • Business analysts
  • Application developers
  • Data storage specialists
  • Database developers
  • Security specialists
  • Network managers and engineers
  • Software engineers
  • Systems auditors
  • Storage administrators


Putting this all together, you’re seeing some strong signs of improvement over the various illnesses that have plagued the IT industry. It might not be the best of times just yet, but the worst of times seems to be fading.


Tim Sosbe
Editorial Director

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