IT pros like their jobs — despite poor work-life balance

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Long hours? Likely. A healthy work-life balance? Probably not.

Despite the challenges of working in tech, most IT pros are satisfied with their demanding jobs, according to new survey data. Ninety-five percent are proud they chose IT as a career, and 81 percent would do it all over again given the chance, reports TEKsystems, which offers IT staffing and talent management services.

On the topic of long hours, respondents tended to fall into one of two extremes when it comes to companies’ expectations for being able to reach IT pros during a normal work week. At one extreme, 41 percent said they’re expected to be available around the clock, while at the other extreme, 38 percent indicated typical workday hours (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.). The remainder said they’re expected to be accessible from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. (cited by 14 percent) or 6 a.m. – midnight (cited by 7 percent).


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