At Risk IT Jobs

According to baseline mag, here are the IT jobs for which demand is most likely to decrease. So, expect to see these folks knocking on the door of higher ed:

  1. ERP developers
  2. E-Commerce developers
  3. Business Intelligence experts in the financial sector
  4. Operating system specialists
  5. Tech-oriented project managers (I feel a certain lack of sympathy here because I’ve seen so many bad PMs–though I know how vital a good one can be)
  6. Middle managers (ditto comment as above)
  7. System administrators (I’m sorry)
  8. Help desk (like we didn’t see this coming)
  9. PC Technician (who?)
  10. Specialized security experts –I would love to capitalize on any glut here–we could really use one!

2 Responses to “At Risk IT Jobs”

  1. Kyle said:

    Mar 26, 09 at 2:57 pm

    Here are the things we are considering outsourcing because the needs are variable and chaning and we are too small to get the expertise we need *and* have redundancy:

    ERP developers
    E-Commerce developers
    Business Intelligence experts in the financial sector
    Operating system specialists
    System administrators
    PC Technician
    Specialized security experts

    I guess what I’m saying is that this will be good for large higher ed institutions directly. For smaller ones the impact may be indirect in that there will be consultants available for less (maybe).

    I wonder about the longevity of folks that come out of corporate and get jobs in higher ed. I know last time this happened most of them started job hunting on day 2 and left as soon as the market turned around. Maybe that’s just me being cranky though.

    Last random thought. This time around even higher ed is getting caught in cuts. If your institution is hiring, that’s great. But some of us are cutting programs and staff, so even if there are good people out there we can’t hire them.

  2. admin said:

    Mar 27, 09 at 5:07 pm

    I think you’re right about the corporate staff tolerance for higher ed. Here, we have a lot of retired military on staff who bring another, interesting, perspective.

    And agreed about the impact on smaller vs larger IT institutions. I haven’t been asked to make big cuts yet, but I think the axe is likely to fall soon…and it will be big. But let’s face it–don’t you see the need for security staff? Particularly for a risk management perspective if other programs are suffering? I can see a decrease in sys admins, technicians, OS specialists, ERP developers, etc. but I can also a need for more and better security staff given all the regulations on identity mgmt, etc.

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