Within a few years, having a strong technical ability may not be enough to get you a job.Source: Tech Skills Not Enough for a Job in 2010?
That's the warning coming from Gartner, Inc., an industry analyst firm. Being a specialist in a specific technology, like Linux, Windows or database administration, isn't going to be enough of a calling card in the not-so-distant job market.
''Let's just say it's no longer going to be a question of just having good technical ability -- of having a specialty,'' says Diane Morello vice president of research at Gartner. ''If you're just maintaining a specialization without raising their caliber, it's not going to be enough... Companies will need people who are broader. The people I'm talking about are 'versatilists'.''
Morello says a new Gartner study shows that the job market for IT specialists will shrink by 40 percent by 2010.
While "versatilists" is truly an ugly coinage, the trends I'm seeing in IT agree with the new Gartner study. If you want to stay employable as a geek, you'd better acquire some business skills along with the technical flavor-of-the-month certifications.
Part of the culprit is outsourcing and offshoring, and part is the increasing automation of IT functions. But the bottom line is that you'd better be bringing a good mix of skills to the table - performing a role that can't be easily documented as a cog in a process and then shipped out to a low-wage country with a surplus of degreed engineers.