The Decline of the IT Generalist

By Martin Schaeferle

vsBack in the good old days - say, 20 years ago - many small companies had what was considered an "IT generalist." They pretty much did everything. They set up and managed the e-mail, fixed computers, kept an eye on the network, and managed small projects. They were, of course, "the IT guy." And even in companies with larger IT staffs, many of the IT workers had a hand in all different types of technology. They even dabbled in programming; it wasn't abnormal for IT workers to be mildly proficient in Windows, Cisco, Perl, etc. Well, now we're approaching the age of "specialists." Many companies have a separate "expert" in network management, help desk, project management, etc. And this trend is particularly acute in the programming world. The list of languages, of course, is a long one: Java, VB, C#, Ruby, Python, etc. More and more companies are looking for language-specific specialists, and that's good news for job seekers. Check out our Java, C#, or Visual C# tutorials and become a "specialist." Thumbnail for 628 Thousands of developers worldwide use LearnNowOnline to gain the technical skills they need to succeed on the job and advance their career.

Martin Schaeferle
Martin Schaeferle has taught IT professionals nationwide to develop applications using Visual Basic, Microsoft SQL Server, ASP, and XML. He has been a featured speaker at Microsoft Tech-Ed and the Microsoft NCD Channel Summit, and he specializes in developing Visual Basic database applications, COM-based components, and ASP-based Web sites. In addition to writing and presenting technical training content, Martin is also LearnNowOnline's vice president of technology.

This blog entry was originally posted April 08, 2013 by Martin Schaeferle