Choose your language:
Find out if you're the IT worker of the future
Consulting giant Deloitte released their Tech Trends 2015 report—with some interesting ideas about the future of IT work.
Answer these six questions to find out if you fit the mold of the IT worker of the future.
1.You know what “DevOps” and “Agile” mean
More than buzzwords, Agile development and DevOps represent major shifts in how organizations approach IT initiatives and structure their IT teams. Increasingly, organizations wish to innovate faster and better by integrating teams like the marketing department and development so they can agree on product features, deadlines, end-user experiences and more.
Organizations may treat internal products in a similar fashion. For example, as healthcare increasingly moves to digitize information and care, organizations often ask technology end users like doctors and nurses to collaborate with InfoSec and development teams to produce more user-friendly, secure technology.
2. You have technical skills and a creative mindset, and you care about good design
Scared of having your work replaced by automated processes? You may have good reason for fear this if your skill set involves routine work or primarily draws on technical knowledge. But IT workers who integrate technical knowledge with creativity—and draw knowledge from a variety of disciplines—will likely benefit from the growing divide between lower-skilled workers and very well-paid ones.
That means you’re comfortable experimenting with new ways of doing things. You also will need to excel at working in interdisciplinary teams—which may mean using your top-notch communication skills to collaborate with non-tech users, and looking past departmental priorities to see the big picture.
3. You’re fluent in English
No? It may not matter as much in the future. Many organizations have arranged small teams where a project lead is the only person who needs to communicate with off-site developers and other highly technical roles.
4. You would consider taking contract or freelance jobs
Younger IT workers have different expectations of what professional work will provide them. They’re more used to the idea that businesses no longer offer defined career paths and long-term stability; in exchange, these workers seek more flexibility, such as the ability to work remotely and take time off when they need it.
5. You work as a graphic designer, cultural anthropologist or behavioral scientist
Surprise: You may be an IT worker of the future. Deloitte believes these roles will become integrated into many IT teams to do things like predict and map users’ behaviors to product journeys.
6. You’re an architect, engineer or developer
Lucky you! The Bureau of Labor Statistics foresees a skills gap that will leave 1 million programming jobs vacant in the U.S.—a mere five years from now.
Concerned—or excited—about the future of technology jobs? Read our best advice for updating your resume for 2015.
Lisa Dare is a marketing writer for TEKsystems who enjoys learning about IT from some of the smartest folks in tech. She frequently blogs about IT career advice and the lighter side of technology, and on her off days loves to kayak and play with her toddler son.