Today’s IT professionals experience relatively low levels of work stress, according to a new survey.
TEKsystem’s annual IT Stress and Pride survey also found that approximately three-quarters of IT pros are relatively happy with their chosen career.
IT pros are generally not expected to work substantial amounts of overtime, the survey found. In fact, 60% of the IT professionals surveyed indicated they were only expected to be accessible during “reasonable work hours.”
The survey found that relatively few IT professionals are currently experiencing high levels of stress compared to other times in their career.
“IT may be focused on maintaining core IT programs while overall trends — appropriate staffing levels, decentralization of new LOB-focused IT programs, outsourcing, BYOD and others — have all contributed to allowing workloads to be reasonable,’ said TEKsystems Research Manager Jason Hayman. “The big picture looks positive in terms of IT professionals’ satisfaction with their career choice and outlook towards future options.”
The survey also found that keeping up with technology is not as critical as it was just last year. In 2015, keeping up with technology was the No. 1 concern of survey respondents. This year, it fell to third, an possible indication the technology landscape is stabilizing.
The labor market for talented tech personnel is growing increasingly competitive, so in some cases tech professionals are calling the shots, which could help contribute to job satisfaction. In January, Robert Half Technology released its 2016 Salary Guide for Technology Professionals and found there is still more demand than supply, creating a competitive recruiting environment.