This feature originally appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of Certification Magazine.
IT is everywhere in 2013, and IT workers are literally all over the map. You can find them any place you look, not just in big glass-and-steel buildings where floor space is measured in cubicles. To get a better picture of where people work, however, we asked a few questions about the modern IT environment.
A significant number of those surveyed, 17 percent, work at companies with fewer than 100 employees. The number jumps a little, to 20 percent, when we move up to companies that have between 100 and 1,000 employees. We find the biggest group, 33 percent of respondents, at companies that have between 1,000 and 5,000 employees. About 10 percent of respondents work at companies that have between 5,000 and 10,000 employees, while just 4 percent work at companies that have between 10,000 and 30,000 employees.
The remaining 17 percent of those surveyed have more than 30,000 coworkers, and probably don’t get a card, or even an e-mail, from the CEO when their birthday comes around.
We also found a fairly wide range of occupations. Perhaps not surprisingly, the two largest groups of those surveyed work directly in technology, with 15 percent of respondents holding jobs in the computer and communications manufacturing sector, while another 15 percent work as computer or network consultants.
Sticking to tech occupations, we found 8 percent of those surveyed working in software development, while 9 percent have telecommunications jobs. There are 6 percent of you in tech consulting jobs, with some 3 percent working for internet service providers.
A sizeable contingent work in government (8 percent) — hopefully not as developers or administrators for HealthCare.gov in the United States. And speaking of health and medical services, 5 percent of you hold jobs in that industry.
The world of education claims 6 percent of those surveyed, while another 6 percent are in the commerce sector, with jobs in banking, accounting and finance. Heavy industry stakes a claim, with 6 percent of those surveyed working in manufacturing, construction, aerospace, transportation or energy development.
That leaves about 15 percent of you scattered across a number of different fields — everything from entertainment/media to nonprofit and religious organizations — with some, naturally, falling into the catch-all “other” category.
Not so long ago, the outsourcing of tech jobs was a major concern for many, but that particular dilemma appears to have subsided a bit. About 5 percent of you lost jobs to outsourcing in the past couple of years, while another 7 percent were either retrained or repositioned, but stayed with the same employer. While most respondents reported no effect from outsourcing, there are some who were affected positively — about 11 percent received new work on account of outsourcing.
Whether staying put or moving from one job to the next, most of you have been working in IT for quite a while. About 15 percent or those surveyed have been in the field fewer than 5 years, while 28 percent have worked in IT for between 5 and 10 years. About 39 percent of respondents have worked in IT for between 10 and 20 years. Finally, there’s the IT lifers crowd: 17 percent of you have been working in IT for more than 20 years. When it’s time for next year’s salary survey, send us a photo of your gold watch.
The rest of our report is broken down into the following sections:
INTRODUCTION What’s going on here?
DOLLARS & CENTS What are IT pros making?
CERTIFICATION How do IT pros get certified?
DEMOGRAPHICS Who did we survey to find out all this stuff?