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Where is Today’s Money in the IT Profession?

By Barbara Assadi, Contributing Writer

IT pros are in demand. As a result, salaries are on the rise.

The staffing firm Robert Half recently released a report showing anticipated increases in the average starting salary for IT workers in a wide range of roles.

Year-over-year salary growth for 2016 will be:


  • +1.2% for computer operators
  • +8.9% for big data engineers and data scientists in the US

In Canada:


  • +1.6% increase for mainframe systems programmers
  • +8.5% for data scientists

On top of those solid paycheck figures, IT workers with specialized skills are likely to see an additional salary jump, between 4% and 9%.

Topping the list of salary-boosting specialized skills: Java development, web services, and network administration.

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Some positions are faring exceptionally well: Robert Half states that salaries for database administration positions will rise by 4% to 9% next year, with pay ranging from about US$100,000 to a whopping $200,000. 

As salaries increase, the number of available IT jobs is running at steady pace. CareerBuilder’s U.S. Job Forecast finds that 36% of surveyed companies plan to add full-time, permanent employees in 2016, the same as in 2015.

The report also says that 29% of companies surveyed indicate they will be hiring IT professionals.

More good news: in an effort to retain and attract talent, 83% of employers plan to increase pay for existing employees. And 66% plan to offer higher starting salaries for new employees in 2016, up from 64% last year.

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The global consulting firm Mercer reports promotional increases are on the rise as employers focus on retaining and engaging critical talent. While overall US salary budgets will increase by an average of 2.9% in 2016, top-performing workers can expect almost twice the increase of average workers.

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Comments ( 8 )
  • Rajkumar Tyata Sunday, March 13, 2016

    I want to get oracle certification for programmer, what should I do? I am in training for Java programming. And i am from B. Sc.physics background. Please mail me.

  • Adriana Tuesday, March 15, 2016

    Thanks for reaching out, Rajkumar !

    Getting trained is a very good step in the right direction. Make sure you also take a thorough look at the exam topics for the Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE certification: https://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=653&get_params=p_id:154&sc=WWOUSOCIALSCS031516#tabs-1-2

    The Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) is a prerequisite certification for those pursuing the more advanced levels of certification.

    Do let us know if you have any further questions.

  • Shivank Sharma Monday, March 21, 2016

    Kindly inform about the differences among Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) SE 5,6,7 and 8 Program certifications and which one is recommended.I am currently an undergraduate student of Btech in Computer Science.

  • Adriana Tuesday, March 22, 2016

    @ Shivank Sharma (March 21, 2016)

    Java SE 5/6/7/8 are different versions of the product. It is up to you what version you prefer to get certified in depending on the version you are using already. Once you move up from one version to another you have the option the earn a certification that reflects the product features.

    Candidates who earn the Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) level are in a great position to earn the Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) certification, as OCA is a prerequisite certification for those pursuing the more advanced OCP.

    Please let us know if you need any further info.

  • guest Tuesday, March 29, 2016


    I completed B.Sc Graduation in 2014 and i want to know about the Oracle Database Administration. Suggest me which course i need to do get DBA job.

  • Adriana Tuesday, March 29, 2016

    @ guest (March 28, 2016)

    Please access the page below to view all the training courses on DBA topics:


  • guest Wednesday, March 30, 2016


    Please advise- I would like to obtain Oracle Certification in Warehouse Management. My background is Industrial Engineering with no programming experience. Please advise of an education path.


  • Adriana Friday, April 1, 2016

    @ guest (March 30, 2016)

    Unfortunately there is no certification exam available specifically for Warehouse Management.

    However, you might want to throw an eye over the "Oracle EBS 12 Supply Chain Certified Implementation Specialist: Oracle Inventory Certification" below:


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