A survey conducted by Informa Engage and Data Center Knowledge finds data center workers overall are content with their job, so much so they would encourage their children to go into that line of work despite the heavy demands on time and their brain.\nOverall satisfaction is pretty good, with 72% of respondents generally agreeing with the statement \u201cI love my current job,\u201d while a third strongly agreed. And 75% agreed with the statement, \u201cIf my child, niece or nephew asked, I\u2019d recommend getting into IT.\u201d\n\nAnd there is a feeling of significance among data center workers, with 88% saying they feel they are very important to the success of their employer.\nThat\u2019s despite some challenges, not the least of which is a skills and certification shortage. Survey respondents cite a lack of skills as the biggest area of concern. Only 56% felt they had the training necessary to do their job, and 74% said they had been in the IT industry for more than a decade.\nThe industry offers certification programs, every major IT hardware provider has them, but 61% said they have not completed or renewed certificates in the past 12 months. There are several reasons why.\nA third (34%) said it was due to a lack of a training budget at their organization, while 24% cited a lack of time, 16% said management doesn\u2019t see a need for training, and 16% cited no training plans within their workplace.\nThat doesn\u2019t surprise me, since tech is one of the most open industries in the world where you can find training or educational materials and teach yourself. It\u2019s already established that many coders are self-taught, including industry giants Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, John Carmack, and Jack Dorsey.\nData center workers' salaries\nData center workers can\u2019t complain about the pay. Well, most can\u2019t, as 50% make $100,000 per year or more, but 11% make less than $40,000. Two-thirds of those surveyed are in the U.S., so those on the low end might be outside the country.\nThere was one notable discrepancy. Steve Brown, managing director of London-based Datacenter People, noted that software engineers get paid a lot better than the hardware people.\n\u201cThe software engineering side of the data center is comparable to the highest-earning professions,\u201d Brown said in the report. \u201cOn the physical infrastructure \u2014 the mechanical\/electrical side \u2014 it\u2019s not quite the case. It\u2019s more equivalent to mid-level management.\u201d\nData center professionals still predominantly male\nThe least surprising finding? Nine out of 10 survey respondents were male. The industry is bending over backwards to fix the gender imbalance, but so far nothing has changed.\nThe conclusion of the report is a bit ominous, but I also think is wrong:\n\n\u201cAs data center infrastructure completes its transition to a cloud computing model, and software moves into containers and microservices, the remaining, treasured leaders of the data center workforce \u2014 people who acquired their skills in the 20th century \u2014 may find themselves with nothing recognizable they can manage and no-one to lead. We may be shocked when the crisis finally hits, but we won\u2019t be able to say we weren\u2019t warned.\u201d\n\nHow many times do I have to say it, the data center is not going away.