The current state of the job market is both good news and bad news for IT professionals. The good news is there are plenty of tech job openings. The bad news is that a dearth of qualified workers is putting a strain on IT teams, causing IT pros to join the Great Resignation.
According to Glassdoor, many of the best jobs are tech ones. The opportunities are there for IT professionals to advance their careers, and ITPro Today's top IT career development stories from the first half of the year offer insight into how to do that.
1. Developer Burnout Fueling Great Resignation Staff Migration
Developer burnout has become such a big problem that developers are leaving their employers in droves in search of a better work-life balance. This article looks at the reasons behind the burnout and how to prevent it.
2. How Important Is an ITIL Certification in 2022?
For years, getting an Information Technology Infrastructure Library, or ITIL, certification was a key requirement for a variety of IT jobs. Tech expert Christopher Tozzi explores whether having mastery over ITIL is still crucial in the age of DevOps.
3. IT Careers: 10 Things IT Leaders Would Tell Their Kids Today
Who would know better than seasoned IT professionals how to prepare for a career in IT? From embracing your inner imposter to practicing the 3 M's — morals, meaning, and manners — here are 10 tips budding IT pros should follow.
4. IT Operations Engineer Salary: What to Expect, and How to Earn More
Compared to other IT jobs, IT operations work doesn't pay especially well. But there are ways to increase your IT operations engineer salary. This how-to article describes six strategies for earning more.
Further Reading: 3 Predictions for the Future of IT Jobs
5. 5 Must-Have IT Management Skills That Go Beyond Technical Expertise
The next step in the career path of many IT operations engineers is to become an IT manager. If that's what you aspire to be, you'll need to develop these five ancillary IT management skills.
6. Data Scientist Careers Are Evolving — Here's Why
A recent study found data scientist to be the third best job in the United States. Learn why data science careers are so desirable.
Further Reading: 5 Ways for Data Scientists to Improve Communication Skills
7. Top 10 Industries Profiting From the Metaverse
If you think the industry you work in is immune to the metaverse, think again. The metaverse is estimated to become an $800 billion market, so as an IT professional, you'll have an important role in its adoption. This slideshow describes 10 industry sectors already using the metaverse.
Further Reading: 10 Ways IT Can Get Ready for the Metaverse
8. Will SMBs and SMEs Benefit From Hiring Site Reliability Engineers?
Ever since Google created a site reliability engineering team nearly 20 years ago, large companies have used SREs to optimize the performance and reliability of their complex infrastructures and applications. But what about smaller businesses? This guide will help SMBs decide whether to hire SREs.
Further Reading: ITOps and Site Reliability Engineer Roles Differ
9. The Great Resignation: Does Switching Companies Hurt IT Careers?
If you can get the timing right, switching companies can actually help your IT career. And 2022 may be the ideal time to do so. If you aren't thinking about making a change, here's why you may want to.
10. How Overemployment Movement Is Impacting IT Industry
Current conditions in the tech industry are ripe for overemployment. Here's why it has never been easier to hold multiple IT roles simultaneously.
About the authorRick Dagley is senior editor at ITPro Today, covering IT operations and management, cloud computing, edge computing, software development and IT careers. Previously, he was a longtime editor at PCWeek/eWEEK, with stints at Computer Design and Telecommunications magazines before that.