Endangered IT species No. 8: The Purple-Tufted Programmer (Codus cobolus)
Developers who cut their teeth on Cobol or Fortran are a dying breed, but they're not the only ones. IT pros who only hack code may quickly wind up on the wrong side of the evolutionary divide.
"If you aspire to plan to write code for a living, you'd better be prepared to do it at the level of software engineer," says Peirce College's Finnegan.
How to avoid extinction: Coders who want to survive need to expand their expertise and align their skills with the needs of the business, says StorageIO Group senior adviser Greg Schulz.
"Coders and script junkies need to also be integrators of business logic, cloud tools, and more, or they'll join the ranks of mainframers who are becoming extinct," he says.