Just Getting Started? Here’s What CIOs Recommend

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Are you just getting your IT career off the ground? Do you know where to start? According to a recent survey from Robert Half Technology, CIOs recommend IT professionals start their IT career path with jobs in network management.




The poll was conducted by an independent research firm and asked for responses from more than 1,400 CIOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees.




The CIOs were asked to choose which area of specialization they would recommend to professionals just beginning a career in information technology.




Network management was the most common response, at 29 percent. Information security was second with 18 percent, followed by help desk and end user support (14 percent), data/database management (13 percent), project management (12 percent) and software development (10 percent). Four percent of respondents did not know or replied “other.”




According to Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology, an IT staffing firm that provides IT professionals on a project and full-time basis, networking expertise is critical to IT departments because firms use internal systems to share information and power mission-critical applications. “A fundamental understanding of network management is also the basis for positions in growing areas such as information systems security, wireless communication, broadband and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP),” Lee said. By starting with a good background in networking, IT professionals can build the foundation needed to branch out into higher-paying specialty areas.




Eighteen percent of CIOs recommended information security as the right area for IT professionals to get started. Lee explained that many organizations are recruiting security specialists in order to maintain a reliable infrastructure and to troubleshoot vulnerabilities.



For more information on the survey, visit http://www.rht.com. 

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