Information Technology companies might have slowed down hiring while deferring joining dates of freshers, but niche jobs in the sector are active and upbeat.
While traditional jobs in software development or programming are hard to come by, jobs in IT security or infrastructure management services are growing providing new career channels to freshers.
Rough estimates suggest in any IT firm, about 5-10% of their staff would be doing work related to IT security, while an almost similar percent of employees undertaking infrastructure management services.
Experts say being niche, the starting salaries offered in these segments are often about 15-30% higher than traditional IT roles.
Shashidhar CN, a Bangalore-based expert in IT security says compared to the Rs2-2.5 lakh per year starting salaries which a typical IT programming kind of job will provide, taking up a job in IT security will mean getting about 30% more.
“IT security implies dealing with IT protection and with problems like hacking and cyber crime. There is a lot of job demand in this space amongst corporates as well as the government,” says Shashidhar.
Infrastructure management implies managing the IT infrastructure including desktops, laptops, servers, storage devices etc.
“A professional working in this domain with his specialised expertise would be easily able to command higher pay when compared to someone who has taken up a job without any additional niche courses,” says Shiv Deviah, country manager, Lantro Technologies India.
Experts say people from any background can seek jobs in these domains in the IT sector provided they have done some certification courses in either IT security or infrastructure management to get themselves an edge.
“We are seeing many candidates who have qualifications such as BCA, B.Sc IT, or even BE approaching for courses in infrastructure management services or IT security or even mobile applications,” says Ashwin Ajila, founder and MD of iNurture Education Solutions, a Rajajinagar based firm that provides PG and undergraduate level courses.
Deviah says there are no restrictions with regards to basic qualifications. “I have not just engineers, but also some people who have studied commerce doing IT. Studying relevant certification courses helps gain a head start.”
Shashidhar says often what freshers do is work as programmers in the IT firm for three to five years and then look for specialisation. “They then do a course and get into say IT security. Had they done their specialisation much before, their career would have witnessed quicker growth.”