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When people say IT, they do not typically mean robotics though there's of course overlap in that robots have controllers containing microprocessors,
software and the like.
IT (Information Technology) as the name implies, generally refers to the use of computer and telecommunication technologies to store, manipulate,
retrieve, display and otherwise communicate information.
Certain jobs are easily outsourced like live support chat (which itself displaces support jobs) and some software development (think inexpensive web
dev but also some major vendors products) but in all honesty, the future is bright for most areas of IT because short of an apocalyptic scenario,
there's no chance of decomputerization and quite to the contrary — technology is still evolving to become an even bigger part of doing business and
our daily lives.
To give you an idea, consider my own job:
I'm an IT director + chief software developer for a regional transportation and storage company. I oversee all manners of things: administration of
servers (Linux, Windows, virtual and physical), desktops, network attached storage, mobile devices & handheld scanners, wired and wireless networks
(routers, switches, access points, etc) including point to point connections and even one microwave link, databases (mysql and sqlserver), web
servers, emails servers, Active Directory, our website our warehouse management system (which I designed and develop), accounting software,
transportation management system, desktop software (productivity, AV, etc) and some failover power and backups of all the data/disaster planning and
desktop support (though I only have two support people). Also surveillance equipment (cameras, DVRs, networks) and VOIP (Avaya) to a lesser degree
—installation and some maintenance/repair are handled by a contractor. The only thing we outsource is printer servicing (to a local service company)
because it's cost effective.
I telecommute 3-4 days a week and I have a couple of techs onsite.
If you look at most any list of top career fields, it's dominated by medical and IT professions. That said, it's definitely not for everyone and there
are quite a few people who may make decent/good money but won't necessarily break into the upper middle class in IT (just like medicine — some
people are doctors, some people are nurse assistants).
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