CompTIA anticipates some 70,000 new IT positions in the next 12 months in the healthcare industry. The increase in open jobs is due in part to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which includes billions in provisions for healthcare IT. The expected uptick in demand is driving industry organizations such as CompTIA to find the best ways to educate and train IT workers on healthcare specific skills.
"We are working now to determine what kind of IT roles should be supported in certifications from CompTIA," said CompTIA's Erdle.
8. Sourcing specialist
Software-as-a-service, cloud computing, managed services, outsourcing and offshoring offer companies alternatives to hiring internal staff, and savvy IT managers will educated themselves on the various sourcing options to help their employers make the right choices for their business, industry watchers say.
For instance, IT candidates with expertise in areas such as software license management, contract negotiations and managing consultants or distributed teams could help a company determine which managed service offering could be a good fit or if cloud computing is a reasonable choice for a midsize or smaller company.
"Outsourcing is going to continue to be a trend, and the skill sets to manage vendor relationships and contract performance will be highly valued," said Lily Mok, vice president of Gartner's CIO Research, in a Network World interview."Companies will want to consolidate vendors, find better deals with existing vendors, really understand their contracts in terms of costs and performance, and renegotiate contracts to find better options."
9. Service catalog manager
As IT departments work toward becoming internal service providers to their companies, they will want to change their approach to meeting customer needs. Industry watchers and best practice frameworks such as http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/041907-faq-itil.html d">ITIL detail how establishing an IT service catalog can help companies model themselves after service providers. And with an IT service catalog comes an IT service catalog manager, according to Forrester Research.