Information Technology Professionals Overview and Job Roles Mr. Gallagan After This Lesson You Will Be Able To: Score an 80% or better on a matching learning assessment relating to IT Professional career choices discussed during the lesson. Identify and explain what career fields are available to IT Professionals and what the functions of those careers and how they will impact your career choice. Identify what specialty area you would like to commit to in the IT Academy here at DACC for 2nd Semester and your senior year. Did You Know 3.0? During the short video, write down one thing that really stood out to you. We will share with the group. Did You Know 3.0? Your Reaction Your reaction to the video? (Notes) How does this affect you and how do you affect the future? You can change the world from where you are at. We will look at how it can be done. Information Technology Professionals Information Technology = Refers to all aspects of managing and processing information using computers and computer networks. Professional = exhibits a courteous, conscientious and generally businesslike manner in the workplace; following a line of conduct as though it were a profession. Information Technology Careers IT Departments are in many companies large and small. (Greif Corporation, SW Landmark) Do you know anyone in an IT Career? Company? IT is a career with many open positions even in a down economy like now. Why? Computers are the new blast furnaces…. 12 Information Technology Careers Web Site Designer Web Application Developer Web Site Managers Web Site Analysts Web Architect Database Administrators - DBA Server Administrators Network Engineers Security Managers PC Repair Technician Help Desk Technician CIO – Chief Information Officer IT Careers Notes Pick a card from the helmet – Using the card you have go online and search the career you have been given. Write down in 1 or 2 sentences some information about that career on the back of the card you were given. We will share with the class and cover all of them between everybody. Write down the notes colored in gold on your sheets relating to that career. Web Site Designer Responsible for the organization and appearance of a web site. (Front End) Web Application Developer Develops primarily server side applications. Build and test web pages and hyperlinks. Usually proficient in programming languages such as java and CSS. (Back End) Web Site Managers Manages all the members of a web development team. In small companies, may actually perform all of the roles by themselves. Web Site Analysts Analyzes web site statistics to determine its effectiveness. Develop strategies to drive traffic to a site. Web Architect Responsible for creating the overview plan of web sites development. Usually manage the designer and developers. They are the middleman between designers and Web Site Manager. Good project managers. Database Administrators Responsible for maintenance and security of an organizations database resources and data. Server Administrators Manages and maintains network servers. Network Engineers Manages and maintains network infrastructure. Security Managers Manages the security measures used to protect electronic data. PC Repair Technician Installs, modifies and repairs personal computer hardware components. Help Desk Technician Diagnoses and resolves users technical hardware and software problems. CIO – Chief Information Officer The top position in a company regarding information technology. The Future of Information Technology Careers Currently a pyramid model - Many entry-level positions and fewer positions as you move towards the top. (The World is Flat) The Future of Information Technology Careers It will move to a diamond shaped model – Few entrylevel due to outsourcing, many mid-level and few high-level positions. Skills Needed to be a successful IT Professional IBeam Solutions CEO Eric Schmidt says: More soft skills vs just technical skills. Ability to plan project, including estimating costs and budgeting money. Writing skills to complete reports and give direction to team members. Ability to work with vendors to obtain cost and time estimates. IT professionals will need to have General business knowledge – how business works. Negotiating skills Intercultural skills (Use common greetings and common sense) Project management skills The ability to make informed decisions and fulfill commitments. Good listening skills (Seek first to understand then to be understood. This means listen before you talk.) Matching Assignment Review your notes Complete the matching assignment Mr. G will be passing out to you. Where to Go From Here? Ohio Occupational Outlook Handbook Ohio Occupational Handbook Ohio Occupational Handbook Your Future in the IT Academy Interactive Media Information Support and Services Networking Fill out the worksheet to help you decide where you will spend the next year and ½.