By hamsun-Oracle on Jan 26, 2015
Show Me the Money
IT salaries are on the rise. The staffing firm Robert Half recently completed a survey showing an anticipated 5.7% overall increase in the average starting salary for newly hired IT workers, versus a 3.8% average increase for other workers.
As salaries increase, so does the number of available IT jobs. CareerBuilder reports that 54 percent of companies surveyed expect to hire new IT employees, specifically those who are versant with cloud, mobile technology, security and big data.
Other publications are enthusiastic about opportunities in IT.
The article pays special attention to the growth in demand for Java skills, and notes that a recent search on the job site Dice revealed 443 Java-related jobs in the San Francisco area alone!
InfoWorld's list of hot IT jobs for the year includes Java programmers, security experts, enterprise architects and data architects.
Top 10 IT Skills for 2015
If you're going for a promotion or a new job this year, you might as well brush up on the skills in highest demand.
Here's what 194 IT executives said they are looking for in 2015:
1. Programming/app development: 48% plan to fill slots in this area in 2015. The highest demand will be for programmers versed in the Java programming language.
2. Project management: 35% plan to hire project managers in the coming year who can work with solutions, such as Oracle Agile, that help them successfully manage projects.
3. Help desk/technical support: 30% of respondents will be looking to fill help desk or tech support positions to keep systems and applications running smoothly in 2015.
4. Security/compliance governance: 28% of IT execs plan to hire staff who able to keep data and systems safe - and to reduce vulnerabilities - in an increasingly complex world.
5. Web development: 28% want to hire web development professionals to support the growth in e-commerce and the ongoing need for businesses of all sizes to have a web presence.
7. Business intelligence/analytics: 24% are aiming to hire specialists in business intelligence and/or analytics for 2015. In a separate survey by Talent International, over 95% of respondents said that business intelligence is gaining importance.
8. Mobile apps/device management: 24% of the responding IT execs plan to hire specialists in this category and report having difficulty finding enough people with these skills.
9. Networking: 22% hope to hire additional networking professionals this year, especially those who can work on wireless networks.
10. Big data: 20% of execs, in a wide range of industries, will be filling positions in this category.
What's Your Training Plan?
Whether you're hoping to progress in your current position or move into a new one, we think that 2015 is a great year to be an IT professional.
Let us know if you agree that this year is a fine time to be in IT. We'd love to hear from you!