IT Professionals Less Accepting of Job Stress, Poll Finds
Less than one in five IT professionals consider the work they are doing currently to be the most stressful of their career, according to a TEKsystems survey of IT professionals.
Both entry- to mid-level IT professionals and senior IT professionals are less accepting of stress, with an increasing percentage indicating they would seek alternative employment or consider less compensation to escape stress, the survey found.
Nearly three-quarters of all IT professionals remain happy with their chosen career, with almost the same amount optimistic about the future of the IT jobs market, according to the survey. It also found about a quarter of respondents are dissatisfied with their current job. Less than half indicated they are involved with the most satisfying work of their career.
"It’s only in the last two years that we’ve seen things getting better, where if IT pros don’t like their current environment they have a healthy job market to create other options," TEKsystems research manager Jason Hayman told eWEEK. "Additionally, technology has become mission-critical, so when things don’t work—regardless of when it happens—there’s a huge urgency to get the problem fixed. Finally, when IT must conduct projects or upgrades, they typically have to do it in non-peak hours, requiring them to do it on weekends or at nights. All of these create the impression that IT is always on the job."
Nearly a quarter of IT pros experience less stress by staying in touch with work while away on vacation, according to a survey by TEKsystems.
The survey included a new question this year to see whether IT pros experienced less stress by staying in touch with work while away on vacation.