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The Information Technology Industry – Challenges and Opportunities

Hillary Cyril

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If you are wondering what the IT industry looks like from the outside, it might not be exactly what you think. For example, many people do not actually realize that it is a lot different than the regular “information” industry that they are probably familiar with. It is much more than simply selling software and hardware to businesses and individuals. In fact, IT is responsible for assisting people, companies, governments, and many other industries in using the computer and information technology that we now use every day.

There are currently three main areas of focus for the information technology industry. The first is software and hardware architecture. The second area is known as Cloud Computing and this is where the IT professionals will interface with applications through the Internet rather than using local network equipment or a computer in the office. This is a fairly new arena and one that was not even considered when the original information technology was created over 30 years ago. The third area is known as big data analytics and this covers a number of different technologies such as artificial intelligence, computer networks, and large-scale analytics.

As far as the job outlook goes, it appears that there are going to be a few difficulties. The biggest problem facing the information technology industry is that there are not enough people being trained to fill the open jobs. This is largely due to the fact that IT jobs are not tied with specific education or training requirements. Many smaller companies are more flexible with their hiring practices and will hire someone on the spot, but larger businesses and corporations will tend to focus their efforts on hiring professionals who have experience with and knowledge of their products. In order to attract professionals to these positions, colleges and universities have had to develop programs that show people how to put together a portfolio of their work and what type of portfolio should be submitted when applying for jobs. These programs have also had to make sure that there are sufficient internship opportunities and hands-on training available for students who want to enter the information technology field.



Another challenge faced by the tech industry in the United States is that many smaller companies from abroad are entering the country’s markets. The largest of these companies is Apple which has established stores in Germany and China as well as in several other international locations. There is also Microsoft which has operations in both the United States and Mexico. These companies are generally employing workers from other countries because of the cheaper labor costs that are available in other parts of the world and because they do not need to offer health benefits as is required for many other tech industry jobs.

The growth of the IT industry has been helped by the amount of federal funding that has been made available through the federal government in the form of grants. Many schools across the United States have taken on the role of providing IT teachers and training programs to increase the demand for entry-level and full-time positions in the information technology industry. These teachers are usually teaching students who want to start a career in computer systems or those already employed in a related field who want to learn more about information technology. For many of these new graduates, the federal grants provided by the federal government provide an excellent opportunity to obtain some of the best job opportunities available.

Finding employment is a simple matter for those who are interested in the information technology field. Jobs can be found on a local level as well as on a national level. Local colleges and technical schools are always in need of teachers, computer technicians, programmers, computer specialists, and other IT workers. IT professionals with a bachelor’s degree and those who have a combination of relevant training including a graduate degree often find very good employment with well-known firms. Some individuals choose to start out as consultants. This option provides you the opportunity to work in a flexible setting and is usually well suited to those who have experience in Information Technology Management.

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