GONE ARE THE DAYS
OF THE GEEK
Copyright 2001 www.tombraiderchronicles.com
[ October 13th 2001 ]
professional of today is no longer a stereotype.
In fact, of the 850,000 IT people in the UK, most
work harder than average, earn more than average,
and are young, intelligent and well informed.
research from database software developer Embarcardero,
which surveyed over 5000 IT professionals, has
brought the profession out of the "shadows and
silences of modesty" to reveal that most of the
assumptions that have dogged it over the years
a majority of IT professionals are men, they are
more social and less geeky than they are given
credit for. They get out in the week on an average
of two occasions, usually for a few pints in the
pub, but they are also enthusiastic sportsmen.
Over half reckon they are competent cooks and
budding gourmets, with 34 per cent favouring Italian
more (23 per cent) would like to have dinner with
Bill Gates than Jordan (15 per cent), and even
Ali G gave Bill a better run for his money (22
per cent). Just under half are married and 30
per cent are single, but this may be explained
by the massive 42-hour average working week including
76 per cent claimed to enjoy their job most of
the time. In fact, many would prove difficult
to poach, preferring to work for at least three
years in the same job, and valuing career opportunities
over money. Some 36 per cent would refuse to work
for a large corporation at all.
IT professional, although young, is very well
informed and takes IT issues seriously, supported
by an average 13 years' experience. A total of
40 per cent backed the internet as the most important
technology innovation yet, and most thought ecommerce
would have the biggest impact on the future. The
nerd image was further dispelled when only three
per cent thought that Lara Croft was an important
eight per cent were still clinging to their geekiness
by admitting that Star Wars is their favourite
film. But this can be forgiven seeing as one third
considered internet resources to be essential
in finding out what's going on. Some 33 per cent
felt that online news sources are more useful
than printed media.
Oates, vice president at Embarcadero, said: "When
we decided to conduct the world's first 'IT Lifestyle
Census' we didn't really know what to expect.
We were astounded by some of the results and pleasantly
surprised by others. But it's time IT people made
their voices heard: they're too important to exist
in the silence and shadows of their own dedication."