Results of latest ACIA IAsk survey: Short and Long Term Outlook for Information Architects

The ACIA received 149 responses to this survey, which ran from September 2 through September 6, 2001. Here are the survey hilights given by ACIA: Short Term Ambivalence: While the need for information architects should continue to grow, 39% of respondents believe the demand will actually decrease in the short term. This is most likely an expression of concern with the health of the IT industry in general. Long Term Optimism: In the long term, the percentage of those who feel demand will decrease drops to 11%; 47% expect demand to increase a little, and 32% expect it to increase a lot. And long term need will explode: 26% see it growing a little, and 62% see it growing a lot. Personal Optimism (or Hubris?): We are more optimistic about our own chances for success in the field relative to our colleagues. In the short term, only 25% of respondents felt they'd fare worse than colleagues; that number drops to 12% in the long term. Natural biasing, or perhaps we're an incredibly confident bunch?