Bright Spots in the IT Job Market

Despite bad news in the labor market, there is reason for experienced IT workers to stay positive. A smaller pool of highly skilled candidates, the increasing complexity of the IT field and reluctant-to-leave senior professionals are keeping unemployment levels lower for this group relative to many other occupations.

Positions in Greatest Demand

Overall, IT starting salaries in the United States are expected to increase an average of 3.7 percent for the year, according to the “Robert Half Technology 2009 Salary Guide.” The following are three positions for which jobs are being created:

1. Web developer: The rise of social media and the expansion of companies’ online presences, Web 2.0 initiatives and interactive Web functionality have fueled further growth in Web technologies, creating a strong demand for Web developers. The average starting-salary increase for Web developers in the U.S. is expected to be 4.4 percent, to the range of $60,000 to $89,750, in the coming year.

2. Developer/programmer analyst: IT professionals with skills such as .NET, SharePoint, Java and PHP are at a premium across companies in all industries, including health care, finance and manufacturing. These workers are needed to write code, test and debug software applications, and analyze business application requirements for functional areas across the organization. The estimated increase in U.S. starting salary is 4.2 percent, bringing the average range for a developer/programmer analyst to between $60,000 and $100,750.

3. Help desk: Companies are implementing a wider range of technologies, migrating from older operating systems and launching…


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