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Careers in Info-tech

Rapid advancements in technology and consistent Internet growth are creating an ongoing demand for technical talent, says Salil Desai.

delhi Updated: May 31, 2007 19:38 IST

As the industry responds to new business needs, it will continue to evolve into a mature profession, a profession versatile enough to adapt to new demands and stable enough to support new innovations and developments.

To put it broadly, the opportunities in IT are:

Animation and Gaming: Animation is increasingly becoming popular across all channels of entertainment and multimedia. It has also become the hottest New Age career for today. India is fast going up the animation-outsourcing ladder.

Though a recent entrant in the global animation scene, demand for India's production services is growing at a fast pace. Animation Application Areas include Entertainment (Movies, Television), Business (Marketing Demos, Product Promos), Sales (Presentations), Education (CBT's/ WBT's), Tourism (Kiosks), Publishing (Graphics & Printing), Web Design, Virtual Reality for Simulations in Defense, engineering, Advertising (Commercials, Print Ad's), Interiors and Fashion Design.

Says R Krishnan, Global Head – Arena Animation 'India has a huge potential and opportunity in Animation Development for international markets. With a strong, established IT reputation, it is attracting the attention of the world's largest companies.

This field holds immense promise for those looking to make a career in an exciting an upcoming field.' The Gaming industry requires Modellers, Animators (2D &3-D) Programmers, Game Designers, Level Designers, Game Testers, User Interface Artist and various other specialised roles such as Creative Director, Technical Director, Producer etc.

Web Development: Web development comprises a set of functions that include building, designing, and supporting websites. Some overlap - such as programming and database administration. Others, such as Web design and content management.

Content Development: Content developers are the main resource providers for the web. A content developer writes, edit and collates information that appears on the website. Responsible to generate data for a successful web site.

Computer programming: Computer programmers write, test, and maintain the detailed instructions, called programs that computers must follow to perform their functions.

Software development: Computers need software's, therefore demand for people who can write error-free software. Software design engineers need to apply technical talents creatively in order to write code, while working closely with programme managers to define and prioritise features.

Software Engineers: Computer software engineers generally design and develop new computer software systems by incorporating new technologies in a growing range of applications. Users' need are identified to design computer applications or specialised utility programmes using multiple programming languages, depending on the programme's purpose.

Database Administrator / Management: Database administrators typically work with database management systems software to effectively extract data and present that data in an understandable fashion. Is also responsible for understanding performance, modification, security and the platform on which the database system is running.

System Administration / Implementation: System Administrators are responsible for setting up servers, configuring space for webbased projects, setting up of working e-mail accounts and mailing lists, management and integration of databases, implementing security on the Intranet/Extranet, setting up of firewalls and authorisation systems, performing periodic backup of data and automating reporting tasks.

Networking: Networking helps organisations share information, efficiently access the Internet and intranet and work collaboratively. They are also responsible for monitoring files in the main computer server on regular basis, setting up of system security and maintaining back-up files. Besides this, the IT professionals can also look at career options in Network Systems and Data Communication, Technical Writing, Hardware Design, Quality Assurance, Call Center Support, Internet/Intranet development, E-commerce, Technical Support, IT Training, Help Desk/ End User Support.

The author is from Aptech Ltd.

First Published: May 31, 2007 18:44 IST