As an information technology professional, I often get asked why I work in IT, or what’s good about working in IT. Sure, I have a passion for computers, but that may only get you so far. Below I’ve listed some of the reasons it’s good to work in IT.
One of the best reasons to work in IT, is arguably the money. Information technology is known as a career that pays fairly well, across many areas. Senior developers, architects, project managers, team leaders – all are examples of roles in IT that can pay quite well. Even other areas of IT, depending on employers, demand, and other factors, may offer good salaries as well.
The world of information technology is constantly changing. Whether you’re a developer for a large company or a small company, in a management position, freelancing or anything else, the world of IT is changing all the time. At the time of writing, some of the big things in IT are tablet and mobile computing, cloud computing, and social networking – none of which were as prominent even a few years ago. This all helps to keep the industry exciting.
Most IT jobs involve working in an office – which does have advantages. One of those is climate control – whether it’s the middle of summer and scorching hot outside, or cold in winter, if you’re in an office it’s most likely a standard, comfortable temperature.
This may be dependent on your location and the economy, but more often than not, IT skills are in high demand. Many companies need IT work done, as it has been proven to add value or save money to them. As a result, there is usually a lot of work needed to be done in the IT world – development, installation, support, management, among others.
As working in IT requires in most cases some kind of tertiary education, it is seen as a skill that is valued. Performing any kind of work in IT requires a level of skill, which may seem hard or difficult to others who are not sure how it’s done, and therefore appreciated.
The life of an IT professional is challenging. Due to the above point of constant change, and also due to expectations of your role and deadlines that have been set, there is a level of challenge to most roles in IT. However, this can be very rewarding! And that’s a reason why the pay is good!
There are many different roles as an IT professional you could be involved in. You could work as a system administrator, or be involved in security or networking, which is a large field in itself. You could be a software developer, and there are many technologies to specialise in, or to learn. Other roles such as analysis, or management, can be just as varied, which means it’s easier to find a role that suits you.
Working in IT has the advantage of helping people in one way or another. If you’re in a support role, for example, you help people by fixing their problems or providing solutions for areas of their work. If you’re a developer, you create solutions for their needs. If you’re an analyst, you find out what the customer or user wants and ensure the solution is created in that way. This can bring satisfaction in itself.
Convenience of Location
Related to the point above about working in an office, most office jobs are in a centralised location or central business district. This can be convenient for getting personal things done and for socialising. Banks, post offices, shops, restaurants, bars and cafes are usually common in the locations where offices are, which makes it easier to run errands in your work day, or catch up with friends or family after your working day!