IT Jobs Down in 2009, 2010 Trends

I was taken back yesterday when I came across a source on the web that reported that the recession has hit the IT profession hard in the year 2009.  According to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment among information technology managers and staffers went from 2.5 percent in 2008 to 5.2 percent in 2009.  At fist I was slightly discouraged, but after a little more research I have now seen that the high unemployment rate is across the board.   The fact that the total unemployment rate in the U.S rose to slightly above 10 percent at the end of the year in 2009 demonstrates this, and assures me that its not a problem related to the low employment in IT jobs.  The mere fact that every business depends on computer systems to operate is my personal theory on my job security, and don’t think its likely to see a decrease in employment in 2010.  If you are graduating with an IT degree anytime soon, how do you avoid being a part of that dreaded 5.2 percent that are not employed?  Get a certification that is hot right now to supplement your degree.
I listened to a podcast by David Foote of Foote Partners, which is a Florida based consultancy that tracks IT skills and competencies.  He shared some predictions about what is to come in the next couple years in IT employment, and he emphasized the increasing need for security professionals.   He had shared some of the top 24 market  demanded IT certifications in his 2010 report and 12 out of the 24 are security related.  He claims that the trend for businesses has moved from hiring very technical security professionals to more business oriented security professionals that have the ability to execute and communicate based on the needs of the business.  He also says that there has been a boom in mobile and cloud computing, what he referred to as “insecure technologies.”  If you want to hear the full podcast it is very interesting and informative for anyone going into the IT field and can be found here.