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By: Meaghan M. Norman Email
By: Meaghan M. Norman Email

Sparrow Hospital is looking to add to its workforce for one of its biggest projects

"It's a system that will digitize and allow us to electronically capture our patients information in the hospital or physician's practice so we can provide the best care possible," said Thomas Bres, vice president and chief information officer for Sparrow.

In making the electronic switch, dozens of IT or information technology candidates are needed. And the industry is one that is constantly growing.

"At this point, there's just an imbalance between the supply and demand of the types of professionals that are needed," said Chris Knapp. He's the executive director of the Capital Area IT council, an arm of Michigan Works!

"There are a number of points of entry to get into the it industry. As simple as being passionate about technology and learning on your own."

Having the passion is just the start. Most IT jobs do require an educational background, and perhaps more important, a willingness and commitment to life-long learning.

"As soon as you stop investing in those skills, you have the potential of becoming obsolete," said Knapp.

It's an ever-evolving industry with a lot of local potential.

"There are a lot of different types of skills that are needed to make this successful," said Bres. "Someone shouldn't assume, maybe because they haven't been in IT before or an engineer major, that they're not necessarily a candidate."

It's just a matter of applying.

Sparrow is hiring close to 80 people for a variety of positions including applications systems analysts. The salary ranges from $50,000 to $70,000. For more information about the Capital Area IT Council or how to apply to any of the Sparrow opportunities, just click on the links below.

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