Study Finds Two-Thirds of IT Administrators Have Considered Switching Careers Over Job Stress

Posted on April 28, 2012

GFI IT Stress Survey

GFI Software recently conducted an IT Admin Stress Survey, which found that 67% of IT administrators have considered switching careers due to job stress. Managers, users (employees), and tight deadlines were cited as the biggest job stressors. The survey results also revealed that IT professionals tend to work long overtime hours, with one third working the equivalent of 10 additional weeks per year.

The independent blind survey, which polled 204 IT administrators in U.S. organizations ranging from 10 to more than 500 employees, was conducted by Opinion Matters on behalf of GFI Software. Here are some highlights of the study:

Phil Bousfield, general manager of GFI Software's Infrastructure Business Unit, says in a statement, "IT is a critical component of a company's success, yet many SMBs, particularly those with between 50 and 100 employees, are not equipping IT managers with the budget, staffing and resources they need to be effective. Not only is this creating a high stress environment for IT admins to operate in, but as evidenced by the survey results, it's also resulting in long overtime hours and impacting their professional and personal lives. SMBs need to take these findings as a wake-up call, and ensure their IT staff is supported, productive and armed with the tools they need to be successful. Doing so will deliver business value and help IT admins have a better work-life balance."

It does seem like stress is definitely on the rise for people in many IT fields.

Photo: GFI Software

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