* Posts by nrunge

3 posts • joined 18 Aug 2013

Job for IT generalist ...


Re: Public Sector Potential

You are correct that support jobs are becoming less plentiful. So beyond the technology set that I own I guess I could also say that I am a business analyst, project manager...etc.

Our budgets definitely force us to opt for automation and self service but I don't think that is unique to the public sector.

Overall i think that it is hard to make blanket statements about EDU IT opportunity simply because of the vast difference in funding models.

Its definitely worth taking a look as long as you understand that there can be certain cultural challenges. I have watched a number of talented individuals frustrate themselves out of good jobs because they were constantly comparing everything to private sector.

It takes a certain brand of crazy to actually enjoy working in the political climate sometimes!


Public Sector Potential

I don't know what lots of money is to you or what the cost of living is in your area but generalists are very common in public sector. Specifically in the EDU space I consider the money pretty good.

That being stated "problem solver" is still just a toe in the door to carving out a technology set. For example I currently admin NetApp SAN, Cisco UCS, vSphere, Citrix, Active Directory...etc. I am not an expert by any stretch in any one of those.

I can also say that in the K12 space that consultants do pretty well because the limited K12 budgets mean that they usually need a guy who can walk in the door and do everything from switch configuration to spyware removal.

So my whole industry exists without having one person who only an Oracle DBA or Linux SysAdmin.

I live in the Midwest and almost everyone on our team (4 sysadmins) is in the 68-80k range. Around here that is good money. Consultants can pull in over six figures.

So I would say for certain that decent money can be made with a general skillset in public sector education.

It's now or never for old sysadmins to learn new tricks


Confusing Jobs and Roles

The natural evolution of technology makes this type of article incredibly easy to write at any point in time. Technology "x" eliminating job "y" articles predate the internet. The sad thing is that we continue to bite.

Frankly there is too much noise in the data and not enough signal.

For instance these types of predictions don't take into account the increasing global need for technology as a whole that creates new roles as old ones are no longer necessary.

Which is where I make my main point. You say jobs but you really mean roles.

I can say this for a fact because IT employment data is not indicative of any epidemic. I would challenge the author to provide quantifiable data that shows entire jobs are being eliminated rather than the natural re-cycling of roles.

So don't sweat it IT Pro's. The change is usually so gradual you will evolve your skill set and not even realize it.

The author of this article makes it sound as if changes like virtualization appeared overnight and now you we are behind the curve.

That is simply not the case. As long as you have embraced change your skills should be just fine. If you have not then I would argue you never belonged in IT to begin with.


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