Let’s Talk About Digital Work

Hi, internet readers! I started this blog to speak about informational systems and technologies, the challenges we have to overcome, and how these technologies help big businesses. But technology and information systems have helped a lot of workers too. Technology has created more jobs than it has destroyed, so we can say that it has raised the living standard all over the world.

Let’s take digital hiring platforms as an example. People are constantly applying and working on projects, whether freelancing or full-time, which is especially beneficial for those who come from countries with big unemployment rates and end up working for somebody who comes from a country with big employment rates. Sometimes even the vice versa can be true. Technology and information systems have also worked out pretty well for people who don’t want to be stuck in one geographical place because of their job but prefer jobs that can be taken anywhere. Yes, I’m talking about digital nomads. 

Digital nomads are the type of workers who use contemporary technologies to earn a living while traveling all over the world. All they need is a portable computer and the internet. You can see these digital workers in libraries, coffee shops, and every possible place where they offer free wifi. Considering that I have also experimented with work and travel as a digital nomad, I must say that I’m really surprised by the great working conditions some places offer. My favorite place, besides offering beverages, food, and free wifi, also offers free hot showers (thanks for the recommendation Greg) and a lounge so comfortable that you can take a nap in.

More often than not, digital nomads command high salaries. It has been reported that some of these skilled workers can earn up to $100.000 per year, still, the majority of them earn around $50.000 to $80.000 a year. Another interesting fact is that the majority of digital nomads are employed by a company, but some of them have their own business which they run while traveling.  The digital industry, in general, has seen tremendous growth. That just means that this industry is here to stay. Digital nomads, that is the future of work.

Information Systems Careers

Information technology careers are among the most lucrative that are available today. The people that always want to be able to have jobs no matter what can work in healthcare and they can work with children. Kids and ailing individuals are always around. However, these sectors rarely produce bursts of economic activity, and very few people that work in childcare or healthcare will ever make more than a middle class income. The people who work in information technology can become extraordinarily wealthy. They can also go on to earn middle class incomes and lower middle class incomes. Careers in information systems truly run the gamut in a way that careers in other fields do not.

The primary people who work in information systems are going to be programmers and web designers. The individuals who actually set up these systems in the first place are going to be the people with a comparatively wide range of job opportunities. Of course, computer programmers are definitely going to vary a lot in terms of how much money they’ll be able to earn, which may or may not be a function of their skill levels and education.

Some computer programmers are enormously wealthy. Some computer programmers are barely able to make ends meet. The majority of computer programmers earn stable middle class incomes. The people who set out to become computer programmers will ensure that they’ll have plenty of employment opportunities at different economic levels, but they won’t always know which level they will ultimately reach.

People that want jobs with a higher median salary attached should consider working towards becoming systems analysts. Many people have heard of systems analysts, but they’re not entirely sure what they are or what they do, even if they’ve heard that systems analysts are generally well-paid. Indeed, systems analysts will typically make forty dollars per hour, and many of them will earn nearly eighty thousand dollars per year, putting them into the upper middle class.

To a certain extent, systems analysts could be regarded as efficiency experts when it comes to information systems of all kinds. They look at how the information systems that govern a current business are operating, and they devise certain measures in order to improve the efficacy of those information systems. Some of the solutions that systems analysts devise are going to be purely technical in nature. Other solutions that they devise are going to relate to how the information system interacts with the broader organization, which can make all the difference. A great system that is being used improperly is only going to be so effective in the long run, and the employees aren’t going to get much satisfaction out of it.

Systems analysts need to have detailed technical backgrounds. They are diagnosing problems and implementing solutions, which require them to know much more than people who are just creating the initial systems. However, systems analysts should also know a lot about the broader organizations of their clients. They will often be filled in on the details as they move from working with one organization to another. However, it helps if systems analysts just know about how businesses work in general. They need to have a broad and creative background in order to perform their duties effectively.

There’s a certain symbiosis involved when it comes to information systems in general, particularly with regards to the employment opportunities. Programmers and business-people set up the information systems in the first place. The systems analysts devise strategies that will make those information systems run more smoothly. Naturally, there are also a lot of people running those information systems, and they are technically involved with how they function.

The people operating the information systems are going to vary substantially in terms of what they earn, even more than the computer programmers that designed the information systems in the first place. Some people running these information systems are going to be experts in public relations. Others may be business-people themselves.

There will be new information systems careers as information systems expand and become even more complicated than they were before, but it often feels as if everyone involved with any organization works in information systems at some level. Imagining the modern world without information systems is impossible. People spend their days moving from one information system to another in an endless cycle.