By Noah Garrett, Innovation Exchange

Editor’s note: The "Innovation Exchange," a regular feature in Local Tech Wire, is written by Noah Garrett, former director of communications for the North Carolina Technology Association, a creative spirit, from writing music to news stories, and now owner and operator of NGC Communications. The focus of the Innovation Exchange is just that – creating a Web community through which people can exchange ideas and foster creativity. You can reach Noah directly at

CHARLESTON, S.C. – True or false: The top 10 in-demand jobs expected in 2010 did not exist in 2004?

Please continue reading to find the answer.

The Web has changed the way we do things. It’s also has changed the way we work.

The economic downturn we’ve all suffered over this last year or so has taught us to be a little more frugal, a little more savvy, a little more attentive, and a little more inventive in how we operate our businesses and our lives.

These cultural and fiscal changes also have helped produce some interesting new careers that are beginning to surface – and surprise, surprise; the majority is Web-based and/or involves Web work.

Not to be Johnny Raincloud, but the new IT Job Trends Report released by the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) this week states that IT job seekers in North Carolina are waiting for jobs to return. According to the report release Thursday afternoon, the daily average number of posted IT job vacancies in August increased only by 0.9 percent, a signal that employers in the state are not ready yet for more staff.

But, for our purposes, we are not talking about current job vacancies. We’re talking about the new, new jobs.

The Web continues to generate an explosion tools that need practitioners and experts in how to use, manage, and develop them. This changing landscape means businesses will need people with unique skills – maybe not yet, but they will.

Did you know there currently are more than one billion computer users in the world with predictions of two billion by 2015? Did you know the fastest growing computer segment in the United States is the 5-to 7-year-old segment?

Technology is evolving with amazing speed as well as the jobs and skills needed to support it. Companies and job seekers should be thinking about the skills that they will need and start planning to acquire them now.

New, in-demand jobs such as social media gurus, community managers, infrastructure engineers, systems administrators, data analysts, network administrators, security administrators, health-care technology, green/clean technology … this list goes on and on.

Many of these jobs didn’t exist five years ago. Just imagine the jobs that will be available five years from now.

What’s likely to be hot in the tech job market of tomorrow? We would love to hear what you think.

We have moved from a world of stand-alone personal computers to networks of computers. And, even with all this technology, cloud computing, vitualization, real-time collaboration, and social networking, we still must have qualified people to run and manage these operations.

We are not in the Terminator movies. Robots are not running the world. People still make the difference. And, if you prepare now, the market will rebound (it always does) and you’ll be ready.

Oh, and in case you couldn’t figure out the answer to the true/false question: The answer is true.