by CIO Staff

The National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies (NWCET) Information Technology Skill Standards

Nov 01, 20012 mins
IT Leadership

If a four-year degree is too broad and a certification program too narrow to properly identify the right talent, consider looking for candidates whose abilities map to the National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies (NWCET) Information Technology Skill Standards. These standards are offered to policymakers as well as high school systems and two- and four-year institutions to assist in developing IT curricula, and they are also used by the Information Technology Association of America ITAA.

IT Skill Group and Sample Proficiencies

Database Administration and Development:

Validate conceptual and logical data models with clients

Produce business and technical documents

Maintain physical organization of database objects

Plan and deliver user training

Adapt existing structure to new business environments

Digital Media:

Determine media types and delivery platform

Design and evaluate user interface, visual appeal and functional design

Document design process

Substantiate make-or-buy decisions

Create and produce finished content

Enterprise Systems Analysis and Integration:

Define security requirements

Define training requirements

Evaluate current and emerging tools and technologies

Make fiscal recommendations regarding technology

Audit systems performance

Network Design and Administration:

Review network architecture, topology, interdependencies and constraints

Perform workstation configuration and software loading

Document, interpret and report test results

Monitor and report component, security and connectivity problems

Develop maintenance and upgrade plans

Programming/Software Engineering:

Define system and software requirements

Choose an architecture

Lead and participate in peer code review

Integrate subsystems

Develop test procedures

Technical Support:

Analyze problem and research solutions

Identify, test and implement solutions

Perform negotiated services

Develop installation plan

Evaluate maintenance processes and outcomes

Technical Writing:

Interpret, evaluate and confirm requirements

Identify time, technology and resource constraints, and delivery options

Interview and observe target audience

Determine information flow and level of detail

Develop feedback/validation vehicles

Web Development and Administration:

Develop and present concept alternatives

Review technical considerations and constraints

Select design tools and programming language

Plan and coordinate customer acceptance testing

Manage server

Train designers and developers

Source: ?When Can You Start?? published April 2001 by the ITAA.