Currently, big data job listings tend to name two titles: the data scientist, who knows the software and infrastructure; and the data analyst, who knows the domain. But I wouldn't be surprised if by the 2020s, when my son gets his first post-college job, those two positions will have merged into one.
That example leads me to my final point: The IT pro isolated from the rest of the business is a dying breed. Recently I attended a panel of 20-something IT professionals and they all had one thing in common: They didn't see themselves as IT professionals. They saw themselves as part of their businesses unit, and by virtue of their understanding of technology, they had the responsibility of putting their business unit's plans into action.
That cross-discipline perspective is going to inform the future of IT. While I would tell my son that IT was a fine career choice, I'd also tell him that the way to get ahead is to learn as much as possible about the business that his IT department will serve. (Or to get training in a vertical area that interested him from the start.) Who knows? By then, IT might not be a separate department at all.
That would be my hypothetical answer. What about yours? Leave your response in the comments section -- and be sure to explain how you got there.
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