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Molly predicts that despite the recent dotcom downturn, e-commerce jobs will be valuable. Here are some sites for background information. May 2, 2001 E-commerce still hot Molly predicts that despite the recent dotcom downturn, e-commerce jobs will be plentiful. Here are some sites for background information.

Dear Molly: I am a single parent looking for both financial and career satisfaction. I am very interested in a job in the e-commerce field, but I can’t seem to find much on the topic. The college I am getting ready to attend will have an online curriculum on the topic soon, but in the meantime, what can you tell me about it?

Molly says: With the bottom dropping out of the dotcom rush in the last few months, not many people have been asking about e-commerce jobs lately. I think that’s a mistake, however, because the Web is going to be with us for a long time, and it holds so much potential.

I define e-commerce as any and all things that concern the buying and selling of goods and services via the Web. I also include information on a Web page that later facilitates a sale at a store or through a print catalog. Because my definition spreads over so many areas, it’s difficult for me to come up with specific prospective job figures for you. The potential, I believe, is hundreds of thousands of new and revamped jobs over the next decade.

While the technology underlying the Web continues to evolve, companies need help incorporating the Web into their overall marketing and sales strategy. Not only do they have to make strategic decisions, they have to turn those decisions into reality, and then evaluate their efforts. I see many companies struggling with every aspect of this process–they need help on an ongoing basis.

CompTIA, the IT certification organization, agrees with the need for professional e-commerce guides and has recently launched the e-biz+ certification for IT management folks who want to display their knowledge of how e-commerce affects the business side of business. Visit the CompTIA Web site and read about the certification. Pay particular attention to the information on what the exam covers and on related training resources.

UCLA offers an e-commerce program geared toward the techie side of e-commerce that covers topics such as selection of front-end systems and security. You can look at the program materials on the Web site and compare them to e-commerce programs in your area.

Also, the Information Technology Association of America Web site has a lot of background information on e-commerce and e-commerce related jobs.

Molly Joss also writes the monthly Career Advisor column for ComputerUser magazine. Ask a career-related question at [email protected]

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