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With 73% of respondents reporting they have five or fewer years of storage experience, storage is just starting to develop a distinct career path of its own. It certainly doesn't promise a fast route to a CIO position; 34% of the respondents reported they manage no storage budget, and another 18% manage storage budgets of $500,000 or less. This may change, however, as enterprise storage grows in importance. "The data center is the lifeblood of many organizations, and storage reports to the CIO," says Scott, of Evan Scott Group International. Whether that translates into higher visibility or a better career path for storage professionals remains to be seen.
Overall, the message about storage careers that emerges from these results is fairly upbeat. During a tough economic period, storage professionals continued to see salaries increase. Sure, the increases weren't as big as during the boom years, but there were increases nevertheless. Experience is rewarded; dedicated storage experience and work in dedicated storage groups are rewarded even more. For those who want to focus on storage as a career, that should be encouraging.
Associate Editor Shane O'Neill also contributed to this article.
This was first published in December 2003