As we celebrate International Data Center Day, it’s worth repeating some of the key points made by 7x24 and others about employment opportunities in our field.
The industry of data and specifically data centers, is the “new steel,” “new railroads,” “new oil” (take your pick). Data centers have become integral and essential to our daily lives. Careers in our industry are growing exponentially, while boasting one of the lowest unemployment rates of ALL industries – less than a ½ percent! According to Gartner Group, a shortage of talent has become the top emerging risk organizations face globally. The acceleration of privacy regulations, pace of business changes, and digitalization round out the top five risks – all intricately intertwined with the data center.
This demand for talent isn’t expected to change in the foreseeable future. Even as machine learning and Artificial Intelligence become more prevalent, data centers must be managed and operated by people.
Living – and Working – on the Edge
Historically, the bulk of data center jobs had been limited to tier-1 cities, such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. But with the explosion of the cloud and internet-based content, the internet’s “edge” has had to move closer to where the users are. This movement has triggered the redistribution of data centers across broad geographies and the advent of “micro data centers.”
Today, secure and highly gratifying jobs can now be found in the suburbs and in tier-2 cities across the United States.
Thinking – and Working – Outside the Box
The demand for talent extends far beyond employees that literally work inside a data center. From hardware and software manufacturers to construction companies, there’s a huge need across all facets of the industry.
Career paths are equally diverse. Just because you don’t have advanced degrees in computer science or information systems doesn’t mean you’re disqualified from a career in the data center industry. As the talent pool shrinks, companies are broadening their searches to include candidates from related industries with solid core competencies which translate to a quick on-the-job learning curve. For example, data center firms that seek technicians, could consider individuals from the military equipped with technology-related workstream skills.
CEG fully supports the mission and objectives of International Data Center Day. Data centers are critical to our connected world, requiring a steady flow of skilled labor. But more importantly, we need innovators. Big advancements are on the horizon. People working in the data center field have a chance to make a real impact on the direction of this dynamic industry. If you’re up for the big challenges, I encourage you to pursuing a career as a data center professional!