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Career Watch: IT professionals assess the IT profession

Jamie Eckle | Sept. 10, 2013
IT rofessionals on the IT profession

Over 2,400 IT professionals were asked to give their thoughts on the biggest IT industry trends. Here's some of what the TEKsystems survey found:

Note: Totals may not equal 100% because of rounding.

Do you agree that...

...there is a shortage of IT professionals in the U.S. (demand is greater than the supply)?

  • " Strongly agree: 19%
  • " Agree: 37%
  • " Neutral: 18%
  • " Disagree: 18%
  • " Strongly disagree: 8%
  • " Don't know: 1%

...demand for IT professionals will always outpace supply, since technology is always evolving?

  • " Strongly agree: 27%
  • " Agree: 42%
  • " Neutral: 12%
  • " Disagree: 13%
  • " Strongly disagree: 5%
  • " Don't know: 1%

...the company you currently work for struggles to attract, retain and develop its IT workforce?

  • " Strongly agree: 16%
  • " Agree: 29%
  • " Neutral: 23%
  • " Disagree: 20%
  • " Strongly disagree: 6%
  • " Don't know: 6%

...the shortage of IT professionals in the U.S. makes your life difficult because of the high expectations that are placed on you?

  • " Strongly agree: 11%
  • " Agree: 32%
  • " Neutral: 25%
  • " Disagree: 24%
  • " Strongly disagree: 7%
  • " Don't know: 2%

Contract or Contingent Work vs. Permanent Employment

For each of the following IT disciplines, what's the likelihood that expertise in that area will lead to contract or contingent work versus the likelihood that it will lead to permanent employment?

Developer

  • " Contract or contingent work: 70%
  • " Permanent employment: 30%

Programmer

  • " Contract or contingent work: 61%
  • " Permanent employment: 39%

Project manager

  • " Contract or contingent work: 55%
  • " Permanent employment: 45%

Help desk/support

  • " Contract or contingent work: 52%
  • " Permanent employment: 48%

Software engineer

  • " Contract or contingent work: 51%
  • " Permanent employment: 49%

Data scientist/statistician

  • " Contract or contingent work: 45%
  • " Permanent employment: 55%

Architect

  • " Contract or contingent work: 45%
  • " Permanent employment: 55%

Business analyst

  • " Contract or contingent work: 42%
  • " Permanent employment: 58%

Systems analyst

  • " Contract or contingent work: 41%
  • " Permanent employment: 59%

 

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