IT Insights

The IT industry contributes to almost 6 per cent of the India’s GDP and is expected to scale newer heights in the coming years.

Information Technology (IT) is a broad term that includes all aspects of managing and processing information and related technologies. With every industry today using computers for their operations, it has made way for humongous growth and career opportunities in the field of information Technology. After suffering setback due to the economic slowdown last year, the IT industry is back on track recording growth and making ever so many opportunities available to the proficient IT professional.

The job responsibilities of an IT professional may include coding, designing supporting software services and managing hardware and infrastructure. Majority IT opportunities across Industries can be segregated as software and hardware.

Software Engineer

One can enter the industry as a software programmer. The role of a programmer has evolved from just a code writer to, an analyst who takes care of the complete software development life cycle. This involves an analysis of requirement designing the solution, coding software, testing the programs and deploying the application. All the industries have started using ERP solutions to run their enterprises and SAP, Oracle and Microsoft are the leaders in ERP. Hence people trained in ERP are also in great demand and are paid well in the industry. Indian MNCs Infosys, TCS, Wipro Mahindra, Satyam and Americans MNCs like Accenture and IBM hire huge number of new and lateral IT professionals throughout the year.

Hardware Engineer: A hardware engineer would typically be involved with research design developing and testing computer hardware and supervise its production and installation. In numbers, there are fewer hardware engineers as compared to software engineers. Yet the demand for hardware professional is no less. The IT hardware industry continues to introduce and research advanced processors / gadgets in the industry. Owing to the difference in the demand and supply, hardware engineers can expect to relatively better pay packages than software engineers. Companies like Intel, Free scale Industries, ST Micro electronics hire electronics and computer engineers for their operations

IT professionals have many kinds of job profiles to choose from based on their interest. A creative person can choose to be a technical producer, animator, or a web designer. For those inclined more towards technical fields, there are jobs as quality assurance engineer application programmer or database administrator.

Are you it?

As an IT professional one needs to be patient, persistent flexible and should be ready to handle critical situations especially under pressure. One must also be able to think logically and pay close attention to detail. Almost all the hiring companies in India set B Tech / BE in computer science or electronics or an MCA as the minimum eligibility criteria to apply for software related roles but for roles like network support and in smaller companies a degree in B Sc (computer science) also holds well.

The IT Industry has grown across the length and breadth of country with Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad Pune NCR and Jaipur being the eight major IT hubs in India.

Salary for an entry level IT professional would range from Rs 15,000 – Rs 20,000 a month and would be higher based on one’s proficiency in core skills. One can expect a rise of 10-20 per cent every year.

The IT industry has been one of the most consistent drivers in the growth of Indian economy and accounts for 5.9 per cent of the country’s GDP and export earnings as of 2009. Indian companies are spawning due to low cost delivery models, an amazing pool of talent and leadership in the right hands.