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IT Careers: Which Path to Follow

Choosing an IT career can be extremely rewarding. This industry is dynamic and exciting, new things appear each and every day, and good IT specialists are always in great demand. If you'd also like to embrace a career in the IT industry, you'll need to decide which path to follow. IT is an umbrella term for hundreds of specializations, so you'll have to narrow down your focus. 

If you already know a few things in a specific IT field, it may be worth pursuing that specialization. For instance, if you are a front end developer with a basic knowledge of CSS and HTML, you may want to learn HTML 5 and focus on a career in front end development. You may also choose to start learning JavaScript, Ruby on Rails and other similar programs, so that you can make a smooth transition toward a back-end developer career. The reason for doing this move could be the higher average salary of a back-end developer compared to a front-end one. 

If you are new to the IT industry, you can choose any career path, as you'd have to put in the same effort to master these skills. In this case, you may want to take a closer look at some average salary statistics in the IT industry, in order to determine which are the best paid specialists or what area of activity offers better opportunities for employment. You have to keep in mind that you'll need to find a job as soon as you pass the ITIL certification course exam. By choosing an area with higher demand for juniors, you'll have more chances to get a job. Once you manage to enter the market, you'll start acquiring experience, hence becoming more qualified to land better positions, should you find the right opportunities.

A brief overview of the IT industry shows that IT security and intelligent appliances are two of the areas with the greatest potential. Individuals and businesses alike want more security for their buildings, we all want our appliances to help us be more efficient in our lives, and we appreciate the support mobile devices provide us in controlling various aspects of our environment. This sector can only grow over the next decade, so choosing this path could prove to be a very smart idea. 

Last but not least, you should try to evaluate your skills and your personal preferences in regard to the ideal work environment and activities. If you aren't willing to spend long hours at your desk, writing code and testing apps, you may want to forget about becoming a developer of any kind and focus rather on other branches of the IT industry such as networks, security or infrastructure management. 

Before making your decision, take time to gather as much information as you can about all available options. Get in touch with insiders, with people who already work in these areas of activity, so that you can gain a better understanding of how their average day at work looks like. Earning a good living is important, but so is happiness at the work place. If you aren't happy with what you do and with your work environment, your motivation will fade out sooner or later, and you'll feel sand and miserable for making this choice of a career path. 

All these being said, you can try to find an apprenticeship program in the IT specialty you want. This is the best method to decide whether this career is for you or not. If you hate it, you'll be able to choose something else before having invested time, effort and money in your education.

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