As things stand, the supply of qualified job applicants isn't keeping up with demand. According to the tech jobs site Dice.com, IT jobs are taking longer to fill because people with the right skills just aren't available. (For a good overview of what employers are looking for, see one of InfoWorld's most popular recent articles, "The 6 hottest new jobs in IT.")
Not that changing the course of your career to match what employers want is easy. I was struck by a comment from a reader with the user name "oldpro" who replied to a recent post of mine on IT jobs: "All of this advice to retrain while you are working is great for 20-something gamers living at home -- not so great for 50-something people with kids in college and high school."
I happen to fall in that same demographic, so I have the utmost sympathy for what oldpro is saying. Nonetheless, you've gotta do what you've gotta do. As Michael Dell told us in a recent interview, "This is an industry that changes really, really fast and you have to be very flexible, you have to be very agile, and you have to really love change. And if you don't love change ... it's probably not the right industry for you."
That advice goes double when the outlook is as uncertain as it is today. We're fortunate to work in an industry that serves as the world's biggest engine of growth. To survive chaotic times like these, even those gainfully employed should keep an eye on the opportunities.
This article, "The IT economy vs. the rest of the economy," originally appeared at InfoWorld.com. Read more of Eric Knorr's Modernizing IT blog, and for the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld on Twitter.