The Uptime Institute introduces for the first time an online tool to show career opportunities in the data center industry

The Uptime Institute, with the support of tech giants Google, Meta and Microsoft, is making a foray to shed light on the wide range of career opportunities in the data center market.

The data center resilience think tank has launched its free online tool, Career Pathfinder, to help users find jobs in the industry that match their experience, skills and interests.

“Based on real job profiles, the Career Pathfinder resource was developed to provide information and awareness about career opportunities in the unseen world of data centers and to invite people from all backgrounds to consider entering the industry,” das said Uptime Institute in a statement.

The tool lists nine different areas in the data center industry where people could pursue careers, including business support, construction, control and monitoring, design, IT hardware, network and connectivity, operations, operational engineering, and strategy.

In all, there are listings for 230 different types of jobs in all of these fields, and users of the tool can search through them using skill-based search filters to drill down by role.

According to the Uptime Institute, Career Pathfinder is intended for people at all stages of their working life, including students who want to explore their career options, as well as those who are re-entering the workforce after some time or who are looking for a complete career change.

“Governments, educational institutions and industry groups can also use the Career Pathfinder to support efforts to expand curriculum, training and other programs specific to the data center industry,” the organization added.

skills crisis

As previously reported by Computer Weekly, the data center industry is in the midst of an ongoing and worsening skills crisis that market observers often attribute to the fact that the industry has relatively little visibility. That makes it difficult for outsiders to assess career opportunities in the data center industry, which the Uptime Institute hopes to address with the tool.

“The data center industry is one of the fastest growing markets in the world and offers a wide variety of jobs, yet far too many people are unaware of the career opportunities within it,” said Rhonda Ascierto, vice president of research at the Uptime Institute.

“Regardless of your background, there is likely to be a career path in the data center industry that fits your unique goals, and our new resource can help you find it.”

According to the Uptime Institute’s own research, by 2025 the data center industry will need 2.3 million full-time employees to stay operational, up from 2 million in 2019. This is in part due to growing demand for data center capacity from hyperscale internet and cloud service providers such as Microsoft, Google and Meta, all of which have released statements in support of Career Pathfinder.

On that point, Wendy Peterson, program manager at Google Datacenter Workforce Development, said the internet search giant will make the tool available to its network of community partners in every region where it operates data centers.

“We are often asked for suggestions on how we can bring more information to the attention of job seekers in our communities about potential career paths in data center support. As such, I am pleased that we can share the Uptime Institute Career Pathfinder to continue the mission of demystifying data center careers and driving more talent into the industry.”

Added Bob Reitinger, director of people development for the Microsoft Datacenter Community, “The Career Pathfinder will help job seekers from all parts of the region discover and build careers in the data center and empower them to explore new opportunities.”

Meanwhile, Darcy Nothnagle, director of community and economic development at Facebook-owner Meta, spoke about the tool’s potential to open up the data center industry to a much broader range of recruits.

“The data center industry offers many opportunities for a wide range of expertise and skills,” she said. “We hope that the Career Pathfinder will help us reach and attract new, diverse talent to this growing industry.”

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