Bangalore: The job market is open. Everyday we hear the news on companies hiring in thousands. However, the engineering graduates just out of college are still struggling hard to know about the best jobs that can give them the best return on investment (ROI). Making it easier for them, we interacted with various IT firms and consultants to put forth the top 10 IT jobs that can give best ROI; in terms of salary as well as a career option.
Hackers and the practice of hacking have over the years acquired a taint, but to counter widespread cyber crime and put hacking back in its rightful place, computer geeks have taken up the cudgels against such malicious attackers and are training themselves in the art of ethical hacking. For instance, one of the India's leading ethical hackers, Sunny Vaghela has helped security agencies crack several cases using his prowess in hacking into systems. Jobs where hackers are particularly good are: Systems administration, Programming and Design. Also, one can do the certification program to be a certified ethical hacker.
Playing pivotal role in the execution of technology within the company, systems managers are seen as the pillar of any company's growth. They plan, co-ordinate, and implement any technology -related activities of firms. And, with the increasing use of computers and information technology, the job of system managers is being considered as one of the leading jobs in terms of the percentage of growth across the sectors.
A network engineer handles all of the "plumbing" for a company's computers, hooking them up to the Internet, and configuring all internal systems such as net routers and firewalls. In the last few months, the importance of network grew, as most of the chief information officers have said that transaction volumes and communications requirements continued to grow, making it imperative to focus on network technologies. "It's a 'noodly' job; you have to be able to think your way through problems and understand how stuff works," said Nikhil Arora, an engineer from TCS.
With chip becoming an integral part of any device around us, the need for software to be programmed on hardware devices, which provides the necessary instructions for how the device communicates with other computer hardware, the demand for firmware engineers have surged tremendously in the last few years. Analyzing algorithms and its implementation in FW/SW modelling, firmware engineers also enhance the overall firmware capability and process within sensors and provide a local capability focus. Full-time firmware executives earn over an average $75,000 annually, depending on experience and specialties. According to experts, the demand for firmware engineers is expected to be in high-tech- and manufacturing-driven regions.
In the world of digital media and internet, undoubtedly, web analytics play an important role. Web Analysts will typically focus on multiple business unit websites and support all facets of the decision making platform (clickstream analysis, outcomes analysis, search analysis, multivariate testing analysis). They will also work with the website technology team closely to identify gaps in the data capture strategy and collaboratively implement enhancements. That's not all, these analysts are also expected to partner outside the business units and outside the company to ensure that best practices in metrics and decision making are being exposed to the business management and core website decision makers.
Design engineer as a career option? Yes, we are talking about the engineers who build the hearts of almost all the devices that surround us. Normally, a design engineer takes care of the inner workings/engineering of a design, and with the advent of CAD and solid modeling software (SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Autodesk Inventor, Pro/ENGINEER, NX, CATIA, etc, for example) the design engineers create the drawings themselves. In India, the Chip design has now moved into a big league, catching the attention of biggies like TCS and Wipro. Even Gartner had estimated that the design market between 2007 and 2012 would grow at a CAGR of about 22.3 percent, to reach nearly $830 million by 2012. Although there is an increased demand for the design engineer profession, several Indian engineering colleges train only about 250-300 very large system integration (VLSI) engineers every year.
Basically, to be a design engineer, one needs to have a degree in Electronics Communication. During interviews, firms look for a good sense of engineering with a sound grounding in mathematics, physics and electronics. Knowledge of different languages is not necessary.
Open Source Specialist
Becoming widely accepted among the Indian engineers, the Open Source Specialist profession is changing the IT in a fundamental way with regular increasing competition by connecting their developers directly. This has resulted in some of the most stable and widely used software products like Symbian (a real time operating system), Apache (HTTP web server) and many more. An open source specialist works on the open source technology that enables anyone to examine and develop the source code. This process has resulted in highly reliable, secure and high-performance applications.
"We are witnessing increase in the demand for open source technologies and frameworks," said Satish N Kota, Director of Heurion Consulting. Today, open source initiatives are equally competitive compared with any other proprietary solution frameworks or development platforms and profoundly leaping ahead by way of the approval of clients.
Health Records Systems Manager
Lack of coordination among health and human services organizations limits the reach, effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability of public programs and services. Scattered and incomplete medical records stored across multiple agencies can have unintended results, such as treatment oversights or conflicts, failure to take advantage of full benefits, duplication of benefits, and failure to maximize reimbursements. Here, the job of health records systems manager becomes important. Also, most of the healthcare firms are planning to increase its numbers significantly. According to CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association), around 70,000 new health record system managers positions are likely to be added in the next 12 months. The expected growth in demand is driving industry organizations such as CompTIA to find the best ways to educate and train IT workers on healthcare specific skills.
Business Process Engineer
Structuring the operation of businesses by process-based constructs with a concurrent emphasis on the term engineering has become a truism although the effectiveness of applying these ideas has been mixed. Business process engineers analyze and redesign the workflow within and between enterprises. Year 2010 seems to be the year of business savvy technologists, which will drive hiring decisions. Ajay Dutt, Business Head (Global) of AIM Plus Staffing Solutions said, "We are witnessing a lot of people using ERP systems and engaging in business process re-engineering projects. Combining the knowledge of the technical systems with business processes will help IT professionals get and keep key positions."
Besides optimizing your servers' performance and availability, a Capacity Manager monitors the utilization of your servers' resources, helps identify existing or future bottlenecks and makes recommendations for improvement. The capacity manager's predictive, proactive capabilities help reduce downtime costs and its built-in, intelligent features optimize server throughput, utilization and performance, maximizing your server investment. According to the Forrester, the role of capacity manager will be in demand for companies looking to optimize resources and accurately assign financial values to technology resources.