What IT jobs are most in demand?

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My wife is getting her degree in Computer Science here in Massachusetts. She will be getting some certificates as well. Our question is what should she focus on? We understand there is a general shortage of IT workers in Germany, but which type? She was thinking of getting certificates in some form of security. Is there a demand for that? Any other tips on what she should focus on?

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On very anecdotal evidence, we could use another proper Java developer (mind you, if she's married... ;) )

 

On slightly more anecdotal evidence, it appears to be across the spectrum: sysadmins, DBAs, ERP specialists, programmers. At least here in Hamburg there seem to be plenty of jobs going in all sorts of areas.

 

If you know German, check out GULP.de

[edit: if you don't, check out GULP.de and click "GULP in English" at the top-right of the page]

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I would say she should think about what she likes doing, there are a lot of very boring jobs out there in IT.

 

Its a first job so I would be trying to get into SW/Technology company doing something interesting and perhaps industry specific (industry knowledge is valuable), the reason being that technology is the key focus and the chances to learn good practice are much better than in an IT dept of a typical company especially if you want to be a developer.

 

In terms of technology areas I would be looking at companies working in any of:

Mobile technology eg Java+add ins, End point Mgmt,

Big Data technologies (No SQL DBs/Hadoop, MPP DBs, Stats Packages R, SAS, SPSS, Stream processing eg Flume or Streams)

Cloud

 

If nothing else try to be competent in : one language, one DB, and one OS

 

 

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Awesome advice, folks. Thank you. Very good point about focusing in an area that she enjoys more than anything. She is 27 so likely will be working in that industry for a long time and if she hates her work then that would make it a long haul to retirement.

We already have a child so she wouldnt need maternity, so that hopefully is attractive to an employer too. And can work in Europe since I am an Italian citizen so no visa necessary.

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Ide suggest the following, and in this order.

 

1. Programming, Programming, Programming

2. Big Data/Hadoop/Map Reduction

3. NetApp, Virtualization

4. Nothing networking related, unless its software based networking.

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OK having a kid changes things a bit, you might want to focus on industries that have a strong footprint in the area where you are planning to live and think a bit about IT depts, because she will need a job that doesn't involve silly amounts of travel.

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Our company is constantly bringing over technical software testers from India. I am not sure if that is because they are willing to work cheaper, or because no one here wants to do that type of work. Maybe both...in any case, lots of jobs.

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Software testers are the guys that are usually not good enough for development, so that is usually a low pay dead end.

Nobody wants it because it is generally a career dead end.

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Exactly, back in the day when I worked for a large multinational software development company in India, the difference between developers and testers were prominent.

 

Developers had better salaries and management treated them with soft gloves. Testers were the ones who were always trying to get out of the team and get into dev.

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Travel won't be too much of an issue since I will likely be a stay at home dad for a while. Then when the kids are in school I can work a few hours a day if I can.

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Developers had better salaries and management treated them with soft gloves.

 

In my experience : Better salaries, yes. Soft gloves, not soo much :(

 

Ahhh, to be a worry-free supporter or tester again...no nightmares about deadlines, no holding-your-breath-fingers-crossed-ready-for-doom-moments while uploading to SVN...no partner managers pestering you about new features they desperately want...no sales people promising things that can't be delivered...

 

OP, I hope your wife has a good stress relief method :D

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Support is great, if you manage to work in a really technical support. Money is not that good.

 

Testing is better paid, but it sucks your soul like nothing.

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4. Nothing networking related, unless its software based networking.

 

May I ask why?

 

 

she will need a job that doesn't involve silly amounts of travel.

 

Amen to that... I'm a network engineer, I provide a service to customers, and those customers are all over Europe. The pay is not bad, but being away from home, and sitting in traffic gets old quick...

 

 

Travel won't be too much of an issue since I will likely be a stay at home dad for a while. Then when the kids are in school I can work a few hours a day if I can.

 

It most likely will become an issue. My favorite is when I get a call on Monday, that I have to be out of town the rest of the week... you know, don't worry about asking if I have any plans... I was going to the VHS last year, so that I could improve my German, but I was out of town Monday through Friday, all of September and October, so I obviously couldn't make my class on Tuesday and Thursday evenings... And then they have the nerve to ask why my German hasn't improved! /RANT

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My advice would be to work in an IT department at ONE company, so its a (semi)steady Mon-Fri 9-5 job.

 

Whats in demand in Germany is the same as whats in demand in America. I personally think network security is a good choice, I don't see the need for it lessening in the near future.

 

If I could do it all over again, though, I would want to be a programmer or a web designer... that seems more interesting to me.

 

The traveling part wasnt bad for the first year or so, I have seen a lot of Germany, and other parts of Europe as well, all paid for.

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I did do it all over again, BobbyDigital, and did become a programmer, and am loving it. And I did it aged 38, so unless you're a year away from retirement (and even then), what's stopping you?

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I'm not involved in the technical side of my industry (marketing) but virtualization is, and has been for some time, a hugel profitable industry. I just wish I'd bought shares in Veeam or VMWare 10 years ago :(

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I did do it all over again, BobbyDigital, and did become a programmer, and am loving it. And I did it aged 38, so unless you're a year away from retirement (and even then), what's stopping you?

 

Nice! Thanks for the inspiration!

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I did it all over again too (for the second time) and have gone back into programming. I'm glad I did.

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On very anecdotal evidence, we could use another proper Java developer (mind you, if she's married... )

 

erm...why would a proper Java developer need to be married? I'm not looking to pick a fight...I just always thought the married ones were more likely to go on maternity/paternity leave which seems *less* attractive to some employers.

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