Professional development is a fact of life for IT professionals. They have to invest their time (and often their own money) to maintain their skills, acquire certifications, and train themselves up on new and emerging technologies.
In the most recent issue of Human Infrastructure Magazine we asked readers about where they are focusing the majority of their efforts when it comes to professional development. Here’s the results.
- Self-directed study (i.e. a bit of this, a bit of that): 43.8%
- Certification in my primary field: 22.9%
- Automation/Coding/Scripting: 20.8%
- Business study/MBA: 6.3%
- Certification in a secondary field: 4.2%
- Other: 2.1%
A plurality of respondents are engaged in self-directed study, which to my mind means picking up a little knowledge or a new skill here and there (for example, maybe getting familiar with container orchestration, or trying a new tool that might help with your day job).
Certifications in a primary field racked up the second-most responses, which isn’t a surprise. While there’s a debate about the value of industry certifications in today’s IT environment, they provide a structured framework for study and don’t hurt to have on a resume.
Meanwhile, a fifth of respondents are focusing the majority of their professional development around automation/coding/scripting. Regardless of the IT discipline you work in, having some facility with automation or working in software should benefit your career.
A very small number of respondents are either pursuing a more business-centric path or looking to branch out by getting certified in a secondary IT discipline.
We had 48 respondents to this survey. If you’d like to participate in the next one, you can get Human Infrastructure Magazine for free by becoming a Packet Pushers member.