The modern profile of the IT pro

Despite the popular image represented in “Dilbert,” IT professionals are likely to be multilingual, live and work in diverse cultures and eschew white shirts with pocket protectors for black turtlenecks worn on gym-toned bodies.

Unfortunately, the public’s perception of the IT geek as a passive worker drone has done more harm to the industry’s self-esteem than the collapse of IT budgets and technology stocks.

An antidote would be meeting Janelle Jimenez, 23, of Atlanta.

Her parents are from the Dominican Republic, she speaks three languages, and she grew up on Staten Island, N.Y. Returning from a visit to her fianc