Network management jumps up list of in-demand IT skills

By VAR_Staffing
In Channel
April 8, 2013

VAR_Staffing / VAR Staffing

Take a quick inventory of the items around you as you sit as your desk. How many of them can connect to the internet? Two? Four? Are they all different devices or are they various models of the same product? There is a chance that four different gadgets are within arms reach. Perhaps a desktop, laptop, smartphone and tablet, and they are all connected to the Web right now.

According to the recent infographic released by Cisco, the advancements of internet technologies, social media and the growth of mobile devices are forcing more companies to seek out more qualified professionals to handle network management.

"Historically, cyclical economic downturns have hindered most employment sectors, though not everyone suffers under these conditions," the graphic reads. "IT professionals enjoy continuously increasing demand for their services due to the industry's constant evolution with advancements such as social networks and mobile applications."

According to the numbers, annual global IP traffic will be 1.3 zettabytes by the end of 2016. That is the equivalent of downloading 38 million DVDs per hour. This has 64 percent of CIOs seeking IT professionals who have networking skills. It is predicted to become the second fastest in demand occupation, with room to grow.

Networking is also set to outpace information security, computer analysts and every other IT job as the fasting growing position by 2020. A predicted 234,700 jobs will be added by 2018.

With all the talk of big data, mobile devices and cyber security, networking – a major factor to the success of all of these solutions – is often overlooked. It shouldn't be and finding the right talent to handle this growing need is becoming more difficult. VARs and MSPs can offer the top level professionals who companies desire to meet for all internet related challenges.

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