23 Jul 2013

29% of IT professionals hide their role to avoid being asked for technical help

To coincide with Geek Pride Day on the 25th of May, a survey was conducted amongst IT professionals around their levels of career pride and job stress. The survey found that 29% of IT professionals hide their profession from family and friends to avoid being asked for technical help. Comments about this statistic show that while helping people with their computer related problems is fine in most instances, technical people feel that the future welfare of that computer then becomes their responsibility, which is what they are trying to avoid. The survey also showed that a huge 57% of senior IT professionals are expected to be available 24/7, with entry and mid-level roles not far behind at 37%. This fact however was not rated as one of the most stress inducing aspects of the job, with most people rating “keeping up with technology” and “impact on work-life balance” as the most taxing features of their job. Finally, while 29% of the survey’s respondents say they are not proud or happy with their current role, 95% are happy with their career path choice and 81% would recommend IT as a career path to others.