Technology, Engineering Promises Robust Growth in GovCon World

computerTechnology is becoming one of the fastest-growing career fields, with computer-related jobs topping the list and engineering evolving into a promising field for government contractors, according to the Department of Labor.

“In the information technology sector, we have seen a significant growth in information security,” Edward Wilde, director of talent and learning for Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, told The Washington Post. “Companies need to stay in front of the hackers and protect their data, so this will most likely continue to be a growth area.”

According to Department of Labor, among the IT jobs most in demand include computer software engineers; computer support specialists; network and computer systems administrators; data communications analysts; desktop publishers; database administrators; computer systems analysts; medical records and health information technicians; computer and information systems managers; and computer and information scientists and researchers.

Engineering also appears to be a promising field, and according to Wilde, there is a lot of growth in systems engineering, especially in the government-contracting world.

As the number of systems increases, having people with the ability to understand how they work and how they work together is becoming more and more important, Wilde said.

Another emerging technology profession combines computers and healthcare, such as nursing informatics. Healthcare reform and strides in technology have increased the need for trained informaticists in healthcare to new heights, said Marisa L. Wilson, assistant professor at University of Maryland School of Nursing.

“Combined with other healthcare-reform efforts, these technology infusion activities have wide-scale transformational effects and have a huge impact on the Informatics workforce needs,” she was quoted as saying to The Post. “Nursing informaticians, with their combined healthcare and informatics skill sets, are now in demand more than ever before.”

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