IT Jobs and Salaries on the Rise, According to Recent Reports

Posted May 14, 2013 by
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It’s a great time to be in IT, at least according to two recent reports. Growth of IT jobs in several sectors shot up 4.6 percent nationally in the last year, says a new report issued by TechServe Alliance, an IT and engineering staffing and solutions firms collaborative. The TechServe report reveals an all-time high of 16,500 IT jobs added in February 2013. The employment information was collected from three separate IT categories – data processing, hosting, and related services; computer systems and design services; and management and technical consulting services.

And the good news keeps coming. With demand for IT professionals actually surpassing supply, starting salaries are on the rise to lure more people to fill available jobs, according to the “Robert Half Technology 2013 Salary Guide.” It also reveals that starting pay rates for technology jobs are experiencing the largest increases out of all the industries studied — with an average growth of 5.3 percent compared to the previous year.

Based on the responses of surveyed chief information officers, Robert Half indicates that the jobs projected to have some of the largest average starting pay increases in 2013 are:

1. Mobile applications developer (9 percent average starting salary growth): The number of mobile Internet users will rise by 16.6 percent between 2010 and 2015 according to IDC, a market research company. The Bureau of Labor Statistics categorizes these professionals as software developers, and estimates that between 2010 and 2020, software developers as a whole will see 30 percent employment growth nationally, which is much faster than average.
2. Wireless network engineer (7.9 percent): At the end of 2012, the number of mobile devices actually surpassed the number of people on earth, according to Cisco Systems Inc. With that many devices in use, IT companies could be in dire need of network engineers (also called network architects) to ensure the growth and maintenance of wireless networks. The BLS reports that employment growth of network architects, Web developers and information security analysts, as a group, is projected to grow faster than the average between 2010 and 2020, at 22 percent nationally.
3. Business intelligence analyst (7.4 percent): As companies look to harvest increasing amounts of data — valuable insights into their customers and competitors — they could likely need professionals skilled at analyzing this large amount of complicated information, called “big data.” Though the BLS doesn’t collect data for this specific profession, its Occupational Outlook Handbook indicates that database administrators, in general, are projected to experience 31 percent national employment growth (much faster than average) in the 2010-2020 period.

The employment and salary increases in the tech industry are driven largely by many companies’ desire to edge out competition with technology upgrades.

By Jessica Santina

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