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World Class Online Courses for IT Professionals

Do you know you no longer need to be accepted by an Ivy League school in order to get an Ivy League university education? Academic Earth is an open courseware repository, which offers free online video courses from universities such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, MIT, Yale University, Princeton University, Columbia University, Harvard University, etc.

Examples of Computer Science related courses are: Introduction to Computer Science & Programming, Computer Science I: Programming Methodology, Understanding Computers & Internet, Building Dynamic Websites, and much more.

The beauty of free online training courses is that you can take these courses with world class university professors around the country at the comfort of your own home and at your own time. Although you won’t receive a degree from the free online university programs, however, the time you spend on training and educating yourself is one of the best investments you can give to yourself.

A New Trend in IT Hiring

Do you need a degree in Computer Science in order to land an IT job? The answer is no.
 
NPR reports ConAgra Foods Inc. has been hiring non-tech graduates for high tech jobs since 2008. ConAgra’s IT internship program is also designed for both IT and non IT majors. Debra Humphreys from the Association of American Colleges and Universities also cites Hewlett Packard and Siemens as companies open to hire candidates with liberal arts degrees for IT positions.
 
According to Gerrit Schutte, Chief Information Officer at ConAgra, they look for candidates who have more than a single dimension in terms of what candidates bring to the table. Technical talent is not enough.
 
Debra Humphreys said, “The big message for today’s college students is to remember that they’re preparing now for a lifetime of work, not just for that first job they’re going to get when they graduate.”
 
Based on our own IT consulting experience, people who do well in the IT field are folks who have solid technical skills and exceptionally communication skills (e.g., public speaking, writing skills, etc.) and who can translate business processes into computer logic to help the day-to-day business operation.

Mobile Application Developer: the Hottest IT Job for 2012

Robert Half International projects starting salaries for mobile application developers to increase 9.1% in 2012, to a range of $85,000 to $122,500 per year.
According to dice.com, some employers are willing to hire recent college grads and hobbyists for mobile application developers since the field is relatively new.

According to indeed.com, salaries for mobile game developers in the bay area range from $114,000 to $122,000 in 2011.
 
Are you jumping up and down yet? If you choose to embark on the journey of becoming a mobile application developer, we wish you happy studying mobile development in the coming year and a very successful and fulfilling career in mobile computing.

What are IT Job Trends?

Top 10 Job Trends

- HTML 5
– Mobile App
– Android
– Twitter
– jQuery
– Facebook
– Social Media
– iPhone
– Cloud Computing
– Virtualization

Source: Job Trends

Computer Software Engineer

- The work for computer software engineers is expected to increase by 32 percent from 2008-2018, which is much faster than the average.

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011Edition

Industry Hiring

- According to a survey with technology executives, CIOs in the retail and manufacturing anticipate a hiring increase of 8 percent in the third quarter of 2011.

Source: Mid-Year IT Hiring Update: Outlook Brightens

Positions in Top Demand

- Network administrators
– Help desk and desktop support professionals
– Windows administrators

Source: The Robert Half Professional Employment Report

Top 10 IT Certifications

- Project Management Professional Certification (PMP)
– Microsoft’s Certified Systems Engineer Certification (MCSE)
– CompTIA A+ Certification (A+)
– Cisco Certified Network Associates (CCNA)
– Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
– CompTIA Network+ Certification (Network+)
– Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
– Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator certification (MCSA)
– ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) Certification
– CompTIA Security+ Certification (Security+)

Source: Top Ten Certifications That Can Boost Your Pay

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