PMP and Relocate

By Deb Perelman  |  Posted 2008-05-22 Print this article Print

8. CIOs Need Architecture Skills

Kirven argues that IT architecture is an excellent career path not only because it is an advanced position, but because these roles are almost completely outsource-proof.

"There's now a fine line that has been drawn between what can be effectively outsourced overseas and what fails. What people have found is that the architecture piece--the actual designing of complex software pieces and solutions--needs to be done locally because a lot of communication with business and teams is required. Companies are saying that they need to ramp up on architects. And they're the top of the chain from a technical standpoint, which is great for their salaries," said Kirven.

9. People Pay for Project Management Certifications

Study after study has shown that while not all certifications are worth the paper they've been printed on, businesses continue to pay a premium for certain key letters after a name. Two of these, says Kirven, are the big project management certifications, the PMP and PMO.

"They're time consuming and fairly expensive certifications but it's almost like getting a master's degree in its value to the employee. You can increase your salary rate by as much as 20 percent on day one. Companies are always looking for PMP- and PMO-certificated IT professionals, especially because of stringent Sarbanes-Oxley requirements, not to mention all of the thousands of initiatives that go along with mergers and managing offshore teams," said Kirven.

10. Relocate

While it is understandably "crazy talk" to think that someone might pack up their lives and their families for a 20 percent raise, geography can and does matter when you're looking to go further in your area of expertise.

In new data released last week by Sapphire Technologies, an IT staffing firm, some significant patterns were found in the availability of technology jobs in different U.S. regions. For example, more than half (58.62 percent) of all available jobs in Austin, Texas, were in software development, something that raised eyebrows even among Sapphire's recruiters until they looked more closely at the demographics of the city.

"It's because there are a lot of startups in there, and these startups don't need as many higher-up people as they need employees who can help them develop software," Mike Giglio, a recruiting manager at Sapphire, told eWEEK.


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