The United States has 3,084 counties, boroughs and parishes, 87 of which are in Minnesota. Jobs for the Future (JFF) ranked Hennepin County as fifteenth in the country with the most open IT jobs, a number that will be sure to increase considering that network systems and data communications analyst positions are predicted to increase by 53% in the next five years. IT jobs in network administration and security and software engineering both ranked in the top five of US News’ list of great jobs likely to remain in demand through 2018 making highly skilled IT pros more in demand than ever.
-guest contributor, Joel Ingersoll
I’ve often suggested that LinkedIn could add an additional revenue stream by also functioning as a dating site for professionals. Beyond just including resume and professional groups that people belong to, most of us use our first day of work badge photo as our avatar giving us a well-manicured appearance that typical business casual doesn’t provide. And the recommendations! Just think of the blossoming of love that could come from an endorsement like this: “Tom is a hard worker and efficient. He sticks to the agenda in meetings and if you are willing to talk about network security, can expense your first date.” Zesty!
It’s no secret that IT is experiencing a shortage of talented professionals for hire. Partially to blame is the fact that up until lately, the majority of the female half of the population wasn’t even considering an IT profession. But now, in this traditionally male-driven industry where the vast majority of funded tech start-ups are run by men, women are finally making their mark.
In Minnesota, women are working together to start their own IT businesses and help each other succeed. The Minnesota High Tech Association, (MHTA), recently started a new program to support women driving, leading and enabling business through technology called Women Leading in Technology, (WLiT). WLiT offers women the opportunity to network with others in the industry and provides learning opportunities for future growth. The CEO of the MHTA, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, is a participant in the group and will partake in the upcoming September 12th WLiT Roundtable event, helping women diversify their connections and learn more about the industry.