IT workers with hybrid skills that mix technology and business management expertise, along with certifications, will be highly sought after as technology jobs grow in the double digits over the next four years, says a tech industry group.
can be a good thing in technology work, but it's not necessarily the future,
contends vendor-neutral, non-profit industry organization CompTIA, which has
a major conference going on this week in San Antonio, Texas.
Hybrid skills that
combine on-the-job expertise along with training and industry-recognized
certifications are necessary. With technology job growth expected to expand by
a government-estimated 18 percent by 2014, diversifying your technology,
business and management skills will help ensure employment over the long
"Trends in technology are changing the employment
landscape," Terry Erdle, senior vice president, skills certification, CompTIA,
said in an Aug. 12 statement. "It doesn't mean that we don't need people. It's
just a different kind of job."
Skills in security, IT architecture and systems
engineering are elemental features of jobs in areas such as cloud computing,
health care technology and environmental technology work that is expected to
consume many of the jobs in the coming years, suggests CompTIA, which will be
releasing certifications in these areas over the course of the next year.
In the meantime, developers, project managers,
security specialists and network engineers are skill sets in demand now, said
At its recent conference, CompTIA announced a
new certification for convergence technologies such as VOIP (Voice over IP), unified communications
and Web conferencing called "CTP+". CompTIA is probably best known for its
Network+ and A+ certifications that teach the fundamentals of networking and
These two certifications, Network+ and A+, made the
top 10 list of the best certifications of 2010 from Erik Eckel, president of
two independent technology consulting companies and a former executive editor
at TechRepublic. Eckel also placed high regard for Microsoft certifications
including the MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional) and the MCTS
(Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist). He also regards VPN routing-and-switching
certifications such as the CSSA and CCNA from Sonicwall and Cisco. But don't
forget security with the CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional
) or project management with the PMP (Project Management
He also gives credence to the ACSP (Apple Certified Support Professional
) for handling Mac OS X infrastructure, but less to Linux+ and
Red Hat and Security+, though he mentions their industry importance but does
not see them as much in his work as others.
"[M]y advice for anyone entering the industry or
even veterans seeking their first accreditations would be to load up on CompTIA
certs," wrote Eckel in an Aug. 17 blog post
. "How can you go wrong with the manufacturer-independent
certifications that demonstrate mastery of fundamentals across a range of
topics, including project management, hardware, networking, security, and voice
networks? You could do much worse."