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debra_chrapatyIt’s a tough job market out there but some IT professionals are navigating these troubled times just fine. Better than fine, actually. They are rocketing up the org chart and landing high profile positions at big tech companies. What sets them apart? Green IT.

Among the handful of data center executives making big job moves recently is former Microsoft (s MSFT) data center guru Debra Chrapaty. While Microsoft added thousands of servers a month to meet demand for its online services, she was at the helm, growing data center capacity and driving energy efficiency. More recently computer networking giant Cisco (s CSCO) snatched her away to head up its collaboration software group. Cisco will need her skills to cost effectively meet the increasing demand for cloud-based computing and keep energy consumption in check as the company builds up its own online services platforms.

Cisco isn’t the only company discovering the strategic value of attracting green data center talent. Apple (s APPL) and eBay (s EBAY) have made similar hires in the past few months. Even institutions of higher learning are getting in on the act by offering courses on efficient IT management.

Career-wise, this is an encouraging sign for IT managers that make energy management and efficiency a priority. As data center demand rises, displaying a knack for energy efficient data center planning and operations will be a distinct advantage for techies that are aiming for a higher rung on the corporate ladder.

For more insight into the green data center jobs trend, check out our latest GigaOM Pro Green IT Weekly Update (subscription required).