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Gartner sees declining need for tech skills

The need for employees with specific IT skills will decline 10 percent per year as companies move to commodity and virtualized systems, according to Gartner Inc.

Gartner: Half of US IT operations jobs to vanish

In an eyebrow-raising forecast, Gartner Inc. researchers said they believe that as many as 50 percent of the IT operational jobs in the U.S. could disappear over the next two decades because of improvements in data center technologies. Donna Scott, a Gartner analyst, said IT workers face a situation similar to that in the manufacturing field, which has lost jobs over the past several decades as automation has improved. Similarly, standardization of IT infrastructure, applications and processes will lead to productivity improvements and a major shift in skill needs, she said.