Vol. 22, #41 - October 09, 2017 - Issue #1152

WServerNews: Best (and worst) IT job?

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This week's newsletter asks this question: What is the best IT job out there in today's job marketplace? One might also ask of course what the WORST job is in IT these days so one can avoid being dragged under when the tsunami hits your company. In addition we also have all the usual stuff you like in our newsletter, so enjoy!

Guess what Dilbert thinks is the worst job in the world?



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What are the best (and worst) IT jobs nowadays?

I often pass by a datacenter when I'm driving home in the evening, and there's always the same car parked behind the high chain fence surrounding the building. My guess is that the car belongs to the sole technician who is on premises during the nightshift. 

Seeing that car makes me wonder, what's it like to be the sole individual responsible for watching over thousands of servers and petabytes of storage? The degree of automation in today's datacenter never ceases to amaze me. In what other industry or profession can one person operate and maintain such a huge aggregation of powerful technologies? Mammoth oil tankers typically have a crew of between a dozen and two dozen on them, but a datacenter apparently only needs to have just a single IT person around at all times. Of course if something really goes wrong like a meteor crashing through the roof of the building then I guess they'd have to call in a bunch more people to help restore things.

But I wonder, what's it like to work in a datacenter during the nighttime? Since this particular datacenter near our home is used mostly for co-location, it's probably the clients who rent rack space in it who do most of the hardware installs and upgrades. And in fact during the daytime there are typically a dozen or more cars and vans present in the lot when I happen to drive by the building. But at night there's always only one vehicle, and besides swapping out failed drives when they happen I truly wonder whether the IT person in charge doesn't spend most of his or her time playing Halo on an Xbox. Or maybe gambling away their meager salary with online poker or something. 

Mind you, that's not a bad job if you're young and ambitious because you can always spend your free time doing something more worthwhile, like studying for some IT certification or writing an app that's going to make you rich. And if you're an older person then having any kind of steady job where you sit around a lot does sound like a good thing as long as you get some exercise from time to time. That's a shameless plug of course for FitITproNews, our new TechGenix newsletter which I hope you're all enjoying. Either way being the night shift person in a datacenter almost sounds to me like the best IT job one can imagine, provided you don't mind sacrificing your social life. 

But this did get me thinking a bit about the bigger picture of what good jobs are out there nowadays for IT professionals who have training and experience in areas like system administration, network design, storage architecture, enterprise security, project management, automation solutions, and so on. What are the best IT jobs out there these days? And what's worth investing your time and effort in becoming certified and building your resume towards?

One job I wouldn't want to take these days even if I was qualified would be the job of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and from reports I've read online it seems I'm not alone feeling this way. For example, a recent article Tim Johnson published by the McClatchyDC news agency quoted Forrester security and risk analyst Chase Cunningham as saying that the job of being a CISO involves "guaranteed failure" and that as a result "being a CISO means keeping that resume polished" so you can get another job when the blame comes down upon you for the latest security breach in your organization. Later in the article Tim talks with a former chief executive who suggests that information security is no longer just about defending your perimeter because the bad guys are already in your building. The whole article is worth reading here:


A quick search of LinkedIn shows about 850,000 professionals who have the word "security" in their job title, so not only is the information security field very competitive it's also probably filled with wannabees who have credentials but not much experience, especially in the area of leading departments or teams of people in implementing proactive risk management. Why anyone would want to take on a job where upper management consider you a cost center instead of a profit center and where 100% of the blame falls on your head when anything goes wrong is a mystery to me. Maybe it's just desperation to stay afloat in a sea where wave after wave of technological change threatens to engulf you and render your education and skills obsolete.

What do our readers think about all this? What are the best IT jobs in the marketplace nowadays? What kind of job are you dreaming about or angling for? Are there any pathways towards a secure career in IT today? Or are you thinking of getting out of the game and running a tavern or animal rescue service? Email your thoughts to me at [email protected]

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Factoid of the Week

Last week's factoid and questionwas this:

Research shows that people with autism have a stronger aptitude for focusing on tasks. Is mild autism a success indicator for the IT profession?

Interestingly, I encountered this possibility myself years ago when a friend who worked as a hearing specialist offered to test my hearing for free. After about 20 minutes with headphones on raising my hand when I could hear sounds of various frequencies as their loudness was gradually increased, the test was over and my friend told me "Interesting, you have the same hearing spectrum as an autistic person." 

Huh? I didn't think I had any of the classic symptoms of adult autism such as problems interpreting facial expressions, inability to form friendships, lack of interest in the achievements of others, or lack of empathy. Well maybe I can be a bit overly cold and task-oriented at times, but that's usually after I've been working hard for a number of hours. But autism?

What he was talking about was that I had no trouble hearing very high and very low sound frequencies but often had difficulty hearing speech in environments where there was a lot of background noise like restaurants. As the following article indicates, autistic children often have difficult hearing sounds in the 1-2 kHz frequency range:


My own hearing curve had a dip somewhere near the frequency of human speech, especially female speech which ranges from about 200 to 300 Hz. But my own dip ranges more like from around 500 to 1000 Hz so it's probable that its origin is due to my stint playing keyboards in a worship band years ago and from wearing headphones without a limiter while practicing at home. That would probably also explain the mild tinnitus I sometimes experienzzzzzzz…

Still, it's kinda nice to be able to block out the world when I'm working on some project or trying to cobble together a script or working heads-down to meet a writing deadline, and that's why I thought this "factoid" would be interesting to toss out to our newsletter readers to solicit their comments. So because no one has yet responded to this factoid from last week I'm going to leave it here as the factoid for this current issue in hopes of gleaning a few interesting comments from our readers. Email your thoughts to me if you have any: [email protected]

Until next week, 

Mitch Tulloch


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WServerNews - Product of the Week

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WServerNews - Editors

Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. Mitch was lead author of the bestselling Windows 7 Resource Kit and has been author or series editor for almost fifty books mostly published by Microsoft Press. Mitch is also a ten-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his  outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information see www.mtit.com.

Ingrid Tulloch is Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also manages research and marketing for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.