My definition of IT professional is someone who actively engages in the field of Information Technology. This can vary from someone whose primary role is the daily maintenance of the company’s computer hardware/equipment to someone who is responsible for the best practices and service management of the IT Department within the company.
In addition, I would define an IT professional as someone who has acquired the education, training and skills needed to perform duties of an IT job. The duties of an IT Professional can vary depending on the area of IT and the previous background experience/education. Typically an IT Professional has knowledge in more than more area of IT; however, they may specialize in one particular area and, thus, have a job title and duties centered around that specialization.
“Being an IT professional is more than just learning a programming language and getting a job. A complete IT professional has many traits:” (BEN, 2011)
- Technical Skills
- People Skills
- Work and Time Management