Jobs and Careers in IT

IT education and training : To sustain the rapid growth of the IT industry, more trained professionals are required. There are a number of training institutes that require trained and certified faculty for their classes. If you are trained in technology and like to teach, this is a good career option.

Computer programming: Computer programmers write, test, and maintain the detailed instructions, called programmes that computers must follow to perform their functions. They also conceive, design, and test logical structures for solving problems by computer.

Software development: Software design engineers apply their technical talents creatively in order to write code, while working closely with programme managers to define and prioritise features.

Software Engineers : Computer software engineers generally design and develop new computer software systems by incorporating new technologies in a growing range of applications.

Database Administrator : Database administrators typically work with database management systems software to effectively extract data and present that data in an understandable fashion. The database administrator is responsible for understanding every facet of the organisation's database system including: performance, modification, security and the platform on which the system is running.

Network Systems and Data Communication Analysts : The rapid spread of computers and technology has demanded an increase in highly skilled workers to develop and maintain systems for new technologies. Systems analysts typically solve problems related to computer technology to meet organisational needs.

Technical writing: Technical writing primarily involves conveying technical concepts to a lay audience. A technical writer is mostly involved in writing and designing user guides, brochures, and white papers for a variety of products. A technical writer is a person who creates documentation for a technology. They are responsible for writing text that is accurate, readable, accessible, and helpful to its intended audience.

Content Development : A content developer writes, edits and collates information that appears on the website. It is very important for the matter to be presented in a convincing, interesting and quality oriented manner, to generate a successful web site. Flair for writing, edit and explain it are some essential qualities for a Content Developer.

Technical support : Technical support personnel provide technical assistance, support, and advice to users. They interpret problems and provide technical support for hardware, software, and systems; analyse problems using automated diagnostic programmes; install, modify, clean, and repair computer software and hardware and answer phone calls and e-mail from customers seeking guidance on technical problems.

Hardware Design : The Indian IT players especially those operating in the embedded software and telecom industry have set their eyes clearly on the emerging hardware design services industry. The demand for professionals involved in board-and system-level design has remained steady but a large number of multinationals such as Texas Instruments, Philips and Motorola are finding their Indian design centers worth the challenge, and companies like Silicon Automation Systems, Arcus, Armedia, Wipro, are emerging as global success stories in chip and IP design.

System Administration : System Administrators are responsible for setting up servers, configuring and apportioning space for web-based projects, setting up of working e-mail accounts and mailing lists, management and integration of databases, implementing security on the Intranet/Extranet, setting up of firewalls and authorisation systems, performing periodic backup of data and automating reporting tasks, and executing hardware and software updates when necessary.

Web development : Web development comprises a set of functions that include building, designing, and supporting websites. Some overlap - such as programming and database administration.

Quality Assurance : In Web companies and software firms, quality assurance specialists diagnose problems, recommend solutions, and determine if programme requirements have been met.

Call center support : In a growing BPO organisation, career opportunities exist across various facets of the business - extending from the core contact centre to support functions like HR, legal, marketing, quality, administration etc. A BPO career revolves around the core activity of delivering business process outsourcing services. This involves customer interaction services, transaction processing, telemarketing, technical support or analysing of customer specific data. It also involves back-end jobs such as claims processing and processing of Finance & Accounting transactions.

Internet/Intranet development : As more companies web-enable business systems, Internet specialists will remain in strong demand. In addition, the growth of consumer and business-to-business electronic commerce is creating a need for experienced professionals with both solid technical skills and business acumen. The job titles most requested within this category include webmaster, web developer and e-business strategist.

E-commerce : E-commerce professionals are responsible for exploring and developing this ever-expanding channel of sales and unprecedented customer contact. E-Commerce professionals can assume management roles in E-Business and E-Commerce fields, including operations, marketing, technical support and administration. Many become consultants for large corporations that want to incorporate Internet business into their strategic plans. Companies may need them to improve B2B online transactions, vitalise Internet product sales, or research E-Commerce competition.

Networking: Networking helps organisations share information, efficiently access the Internet and intranet and work collaboratively. Network administrators, besides other jobs, are also responsible for monitoring files in the main computer server on regular basis, setting up of system security and maintaining back-up files. The next higher responsibility that a network professional undertakes is that of Network Manager. They are engaged in the identification of network potential and scope depending upon the nature of business, designing of network system and selection of software and hardware to be used, installing the network and reviewing it for improvement.

Data/Database Management : DBA professionals with a background in Oracle, SQL and PL have not become outdated. Another dynamic area is relational database management system, a programme that lets you create, update, and administer a relational database. An RDBMS takes Structured Query Language (SQL) statements entered by a user or contained in an application programme and creates, updates, or provides access to the database.

Help desk/end user support : As companies shift business processes online, technology is moving closer to the end user, fueling demand for those skilled in supporting and training internal and external users. The hottest job titles in the technical support category include help desk analyst and manager, systems administrator, and technical trainer.