I've been thinking recently of a career shift from my present position as a Tech Analyst to a position in the Web area. What apps should I become proficient in? Since there are several tools that write about 90% of HTML, do I really need to know that much HTML, or should I move right into DHTML/XML? Are there a lot of entry-level positions in this field? Where's the best place to look? Do certifications help?
Internet skills are definitely still a hot area of expertise. In RHI Consulting's biannual Hot Jobs Report -- which gauges the IT specialties most in demand by CIOs -- Internet/intranet development is consistently near the top.
Once you've developed a solid skill set and are ready to test the job market, there are several venues to seek employment. The IT-specific job boards/career sites are very helpful and offer additional career resources. IT staffing firms also offer a myriad of career resources and have well-developed relationships with employers across the country.