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10 Recession-Proof IT Careers

10 Recession-Proof IT Careers

Eric Dahl / Inside Tech

March 19, 2009
















#7 Mac or Linux Support

It’s still a Windows world, but the days of Windows-only office environments are numbered. As more and more shops begin to incorporate Macs and Linux machines, technicians and sysadmins with alternative OS skills are finding themselves in more and more demand.

Want some evidence? Check out Foote Partners survey of IT skills and pay differentials, where OSX / Tiger / Leopard skills have consistently placed in the top five fastest rising over the past six months. Then look at the declining value list, where Windows Vista/XP is down 25% over the same period. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can get by without solid Windows skills – most employers still consider that a baseline – but if you’re looking to differentiate yourself, picking up some more OSX experience is a great way to start.

Salary: $52,000

Education: A BS in an IT related field (Information Technology, Management of Information Services, etc.) is preferred.

Experience: Most support roles are available as entry-level positions.

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