The $3.8 trillion Information Technology industry is under dramatic transformation from hardware to services. Enterprises will eliminate traditional IT roles and replace them with 488,000 new cloud and DevOps related jobs in the U.S. in the next 8 years. These jobs are for those willing to learn something new.
- System Administrators
There are 382,000 system administrators who need to get trained or change careers. As IT shifts from physical hardware to the cloud, the demand for people to configure and maintain servers has declined.
As a result, sysadmins need to get ready for new job functions. Installing a bare metal server in a data center will not be one of their responsibilities. Many tasks they previously performed are handled today using cloud technology and services. Sysadmins need training on virtualization, cloud, and DevOps
2. Server Hardware Technician
Server hardware technicians keep their companies’ physical server hardware up and running. AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and Azure have diminished the need for on-premise servers. This will lead to a quick and steady decline of server hardware technician roles.
Server hardware technicians need training on virtualization, cloud computing and configuration management applications like Chef and Puppet.
3. Network Engineer
There are 150,000 network engineer jobs in the U.S., averaging more than $100,000 per year. With many organizations moving their systems to the cloud, the need is reduced to have someone managing on-prem LANs or WANs.
Network engineers need a comprehensive understanding of network virtualization and to learn to code for software-defined networks (SDNs) to survive in the industry.
IT is transitioning from the hardware-based era to the skills-based era. Hardware, software and services are available to anyone with a credit card. Success is available to those with the skills to capitalize on the transition. Unlike previous leaps in IT innovation and performance, this one is based on a massive retraining of an existing workforce.