Top 10 Most Always-On IT Jobs

No. 7: Engineering

According to Emerson's Business-Critical Continuity report, more than 80 percent of engineers surveyed said they agree or strongly agree others are dependent upon their work, with 91 percent saying they read messages right away, and 86 percent saying they "quickly" respond to those messages. In addition to a quick message turnaround time, the job demands cited by engineer respondents included perfection, good management and communication skills, and the ability to work on design and structure, according to the report. One consulting engineer gave an example in which he "received a sudden call from one of our corporate customers to solve their software and networking problem instantly, as their national conference was adjourned for one hour due to the problems. They were using at least 80 computers," he wrote. "I received the call at around 11 a.m., and the problem had to be solved by 1 p.m."

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