Is a Four Year Degree Necessary to fill all IT Jobs?

March 30, 2015 Arbor Networks

Technology specialists are in high demand due to the many jobs created as technology continues to transform industries. But the type of resumes and training those potential candidates are bringing to companies has evolved dramatically, as the Director of Arbor’s Security Engineering and Response Team (ASERT), Dan Holden discusses in this video.

 

20 years ago, the resumes of technical candidates were very different than the ones companies are seeing today. For example, there were no specialty positions or titles like Chief Security Officer back then.  Many technical analysts and executives were self-trained or worked their way up the ranks with on the job training that often times happened through experience, learning from others, and perhaps most importantly personal interest in security. They didn’t necessarily go to school for an IT role they wanted to secure. Many successful startups in recent years have been built and led by college drop-outs, not college grads.

So when you look at today’s potential IT workforce, with many people flooding into a market that is ripe with jobs, it’s interesting to think about what type of candidates you are seeing and how they will meet the needs of businesses. There are many certifications available today for technical people to add to their skills in certain areas, but these may be both a blessing and a curse. A certification means the person has acquired baseline knowledge in that area, but it doesn’t ensure they know everything your business needs. The IT resumes seen today will vary greatly because the individuals are coming from many different backgrounds and training experiences, all of which must be evaluated.

Looking ahead 10-20 years, IT resumes will change yet again.  Will four-year degrees be needed for all of the open positions? College costs are skyrocketing and technical or on the job training could be more important for particular positions. In an industry in which businesses have so many jobs open and not enough people to fill them, it’s inevitable that there will be evolution in the resume and background of the potential candidate pool.

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