GREAT EXPECTATIONS

CIOs Recommend Networking as Starting Point for Successful IT Career

Apr 7, 2004
3:38pm

MENLO PARK, CA -- Networking your way to a new job holds a different meaning for information technology (IT) professionals, a new survey shows. When asked to recommend a career path for those just entering the field, 29 percent of IT executives said network management.

The national poll includes responses from more than 1,400 CIOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees. It was conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of information technology professionals on a project and full-time basis.

CIOs were asked, "Which one of the following areas of specialization would you recommend to someone just beginning his or her career in information technology?" Their responses:

Network management   29%
Information security   18%
Help desk and end-user support   14%
Data/database management   13%
Project management   12%
Software development   10%
Other/don't know       4%
    100%

"Networking expertise remains critical within IT departments as firms use their internal systems to share data companywide and power their business-critical applications," said Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology. "A fundamental understanding of network management is also the basis for positions in growing areas such as information systems security, wireless communication, broadband and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP)."

Addressing the second most popular response, Lee said that organizations are actively recruiting security specialists to ensure highly reliable infrastructures and to troubleshoot hardware and software vulnerabilities.

With more than 100 locations in North America and Europe, Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network engineering and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at www.rht.com.


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