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9 IT jobs threatened with extinction

Cloud computing and BYOD are just two of many developments that are turning work in IT departments upside down. Dan Tynan from our American sister publication Infoworld speaks of a "new ice age in corporate IT". He asked IT experts which jobs will become extinct in the coming years and based on this, compiled a list of the nine most endangered job profiles. Everything about job search on

1. Critically endangered: the naysayers

For decades, the naysayers were firmly entrenched in many IT departments. Inquiries from IT users were rejected with "No" or a reference to the tight budget. These naysayers are probably responsible for the fact that employees secretly save their data on Dropbox or connect their iPad to the company network.

Naysayers have no future in the company; their employers are already noticing that this attitude makes it difficult for them to recruit and retain top talent. Because these talents want to use their iPads, for example. Naysayers should accept the change, stop saying no to everything and instead devise a strategy for mobile device management.

2. Endangered: the dinosaur in the data center

The dinosaurs in the data center have extensive expertise in a particular programming language or special hardware. More flexible generalists with a broader range of knowledge are already preferred. Experts believe that the so-called server huggers will not have a great market value in the future. You don't have to know about every area, but in order to be in demand as an IT expert in the future, you should be familiar with more than one discipline, writes Dan Tynan. Anyone who has only dealt with software so far should also deal with hardware and vice versa. Everything about data centers on

3. Critically Endangered: The Repair Expert

Repair experts were a common sight in many offices. If the hardware was troubled or the screen caused problems, colleagues were called for help. Because hardware is always cheaper to get, employees prefer to use their mobile devices and a lot moves to the cloud, the repair professionals are needed much less often.

Companies often prefer to replace parts entirely instead of repairing them. In addition, you usually lose significantly less time by replacing it than by repairing it. Repair experts who do not want to become extinct should specialize in server maintenance. Tynan quotes an expert who can diagnose hardware errors quickly and reliably.

4. Critically endangered: the system administrator

Outsourcing and the cloud have already significantly reduced the number of admins in the company. The email admin job profile is one of those professions that are likely to die out soon. Because email management in particular is migrating to the cloud in many companies. Those in the know also point out that there are worlds between admin jobs in a smaller company and a comparable job in a corporation. If you want to stay fit for the future as an admin, experts advise you to specialize in the more popular areas of IT security and data analysis.

Certificates alone are not enough

5. Endangered: the certificate collector

The certificate collector lists so many certificates in his résumé that you have to ask yourself when he will actually find time to work. The certificate alone is not enough - you have to have the relevant practical experience in order to be recommended for a position. In order to stand out from the crowd of certificate collectors, you could prove your specialist knowledge, for example, through specialist articles or presentations at conferences. One of Tynan's interlocutors is impressed, for example, when IT experts master a programming language such as Python, Ruby or PHP.

6. Endangered: the web designer

A few years ago they were in abundance, today there are only a few web designers left. The usual HTML or Flash designer is no longer in demand - with good tools and self-read know-how on the subject of online marketing, their expertise is hardly needed anymore. SEO experts are much more sought after in this area. An expert Dan Tynan advises anyone who would like to continue to be in demand as a web designer, should develop into an SEO specialist.

7. Critically endangered: the Unix mammoth

It wouldn't be that Unix servers weren't doing the job, an IT expert told Dan Tynan. Nevertheless, they are threatened with extinction because they are being replaced by cheaper hardware. An IT consultant does the math: While you pay 25,000 US dollars for a Unix server, a Linux system with comparable functions costs only around 3,000 US dollars. He advises Unix experts to protect themselves from extinction by specifically building up Linux knowledge. Valuable knowledge would be, for example, which applications can be migrated from Unix to Linux systems. If the migration is imminent, this knowledge is essential.

8. Endangered: the code writers

Jobs in which IT specialists are only busy writing code are also threatened with extinction. Routine work in this area is often affected by outsourcing or is completely canceled. This development also affects the writers of mobile code. Apps, experts told Tynan, are mostly implemented externally, not in an in-house mobile team. Everything about outsourcing on

If you want to remain successful as a code writer, you should work in a larger company at least at the level of a software developer and gear your work closely to the needs of the company. You are also involved in the process and take on tasks such as quality control, for example.

9. Endangered: the technocrats

The days of the technocrats are also numbered. You can no longer build IT silos and use arguments that no one else understands. Business managers no longer ask for permission when they buy new IT and executives question acquisitions and arguments.

It's getting uncomfortable for technocrats

If purchased products did not perform as expected in the past, more were bought and no one knew better. In order to save themselves from extinction, technocrats should seek dialogue with other departments and deal with issues such as consolidation, for example.