“CompTIA’s September jobs report reveals some grim statistics for IT pros: 142,000 jobs were lost last month. Tech sector growth slowed as well, but positions were still created rather than lost.”
A solid career used to be built upon providing technical computing support to small and large businesses of all types. There was a day, not too long ago, that we needed on-site computer workstation help, email administrators, server admins, corporate directory managers, etc. This type of career for thousands was accessible to those with partial or no college education since many of these skills were effectively learned trades.
With the shift to cloud-based services, companies either need far less of this kind of support or in some cases can eliminate it all together. Legacy companies will continue to need to cut operational overhead in order to compete with upstarts and compete on a national or international level where once they may have only had to complete locally or regionally.
Astute tech workers in this traditional support roles will see the opportunity for re-tooling for remote work leveraging the cloud. Specialty skills with onsite servers and on-premise applications have given way to specialities in managing services such as Salesforce.com, Office 365, GSuite, and others. Higher-end server and network administrators have new territory to conquer with Amazon’s AWS infrastructure as a service offering and Microsoft’s Azure platform as a service offering.
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