What do I.T. Specialists do? [Infographic]

January 23, 2013 |  by  |  Business, Tech

First things first. Despite the title of this infographic, you don’t need to be a dude to work for I.T. My girlfriend works for I.T. at her university, so don’t be discouraged, keep reaching for the stars ladies! It should also be noted that though this infographic may look cartoony, it is actually more informative than humorous. I expected it to be a dig on tech nerds, but really it’s more of an encyclopedic identification of the various duties and specialities that an I.T. employee might have today.

As you can see, this infographic categorizes I.T. people into 8 different groups. Software specialists, programming specialists, tech writers, database specialists, web specialists, and hardware specialists; but believe me, you don’t have to be a specialist in any one thing to have a legit I.T. job. If you do, however, have a speciality in any of these areas, you should strongly consider an I.T. job at your local university or anywhere that has an I.T. department. Today we live in an age that is becoming more and more dependent on technology, so having a hand in the magic makes your company, small business, school, etc. more viable and efficient. Conversely, if you don’t have an especially deep knowledge of one of these topics, but have a fairly good basic understanding of all or many of them, play it up on your resume. Companies that deal with these sorts of techies looooove people who know how to talk to all of them. [What do I.T. Specialists Do?]

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  • Hailey Bains

    This is quite funny but really just about spot on. Great drawings as well. love it. I am in love with infographics right now. I am huge into wholes cosmetic items as well and I really quite like infographics that have anything to do with cosmetics. So as I wasn’t really looking for this infographic I really love it!

  • Lura

    When did tech writers become IT people? When I tried to get into technical writing 20 years ago, everybody wanted an English degree. My engineering degree with experience as an author wasn’t enough to get me hired anywhere.

  • Jessica

    When did all IT people become men?

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  • Phil Robeson

    I’ve known of many women in IT since the early ’90′s…you don’t work in a void, do you? Where I work now, we have one woman who is our senior VMware Engineer, another who is a programmer, and another who is a CCNP in our networking group. Each of these ladies have been in IT for many years…maybe you should get out more?

  • Mahhn

    You forgot the most common,,, Desktop Tech. We keep everyone else working. From simply set up and deploy, to complex system/domain/network admin work, writing documents for people to install/fix things on their own. Show them how to actually use the apps they are paid to use, create/suggest policies to keep people from f’ing things up so much. Purchasing, product evaluation (software and hardware) inventory management, endless documentation of everything, Backup management. and the only time people talk to us is when there is a problem, fortunately most of them are appreciative :)

  • swamp_rat

    Since when are systems administrators considered to be “Hardware Specialists”? Good effort, but I’m afraid your infographic has been oversimplified to the point of absurdity.

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  • Alan Foster

    I just love the drawings, they are great but I have never seen a software specialist linger anywhere near the hardware. All they do is scream at the top of their lungs if their software is not working in a good way.

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  • zylakus

    Here is another fresh infographics on IT guys, and “database specialists” look a bit different here ;-) http://www.vertabelo.com/blog/1000-users-and-growing-strong

  • http://blazestudios.biz/ Sacramento Web Design Company

    Hardware specialists are going extinct though. In most cases it’s cheaper to buy a new computer than repair one, especially since by the time a computer breaks, it’s normally time to get a new one anyway.

  • Nabisubi Hadijjah

    which level is most needed?