Must Read Books for IT Professionals
We all learned when we were kids that reading is fundamental. And continuing to learn new things through books is essential for your long term career development. If you’re an IT professional, what books are the best for you to check out? Before you head to the library, or the Amazon Kindle store, look at these options.
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. While not an exploration of IT specifically, this book talks about the psychology of introverts. Many IT professionals consider themselves part of this demographic, so it is rewarding to understand how that personality trait can be beneficial to a career.
- The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr. Another exploration into psychology that may interest IT professionals is this book about the influence of the internet. People have been wondering how access to immediate information is changing the way we think, so author Carr takes a historical and scientific look at the experience.
- The Innovators by Walter Isaacson. This epic look at the history of technology is a must read for anyone interested in the industry. It is educational and inspirational. He goes as far back as Ada Lovelace and continues through historical figures like Alan Turing up to modern day technological innovators like Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Bill Gates.
- Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcom Gladwell. In this book, instead of looking at the technology behind famous names, Gladwell reviews the concept of success. He looks at the sociological and cultural aspects that might influence whether or not someone is successful in their careers and their lives.
- Climb: Leading Women in Technology Share Their Journeys to Success by Sandra Coffey Hofmann and Bonnie Bajorek Daneker. In our research for books to share, we were struck by how little there was for women in Technology. Aside from Isaacson’s inclusion of Ada Lovelace in The Innovators, most other books about visionaries in the industry were about men. Climb is a great resource and inspirational read for women interested in a career in IT.