What Does the Job Market Have in Store for 2010?

Everyone knows that 2009 was challenging for workers. And despite some initial signs that the economy may be turning around, 2010 looks to be another difficult year. But not everything is doom and gloom. Research conducted for the “Robert Half Technology 2010 Salary Guide” suggests that bright spots do exist for IT professionals. Here’s a look at the IT job market for the coming year.

While starting salaries for most positions within IT will stay at current levels or dip slightly, some will see modest gains in 2010. Networking- and security-related jobs, in particular, remain in demand. Here are some of the most promising roles:

•    Information systems security manager: With new threats continually emerging, every company needs to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of its information, both from internal and external breaches. As a result, security professionals are highly sought out by organizations in a variety of industries. According to CIOs surveyed by Robert Half Technology, information security topped the list of IT projects executives expect their firms to invest in during the next 12 months. Starting salaries for information systems security managers will range from $96,500 to $130,750 in 2010.

•    Network administrator: The complexity of networks and the requirements placed on them have increased due to technologies such as cloud computing, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and software as a service (SaaS). In addition, 69 percent of CIOs surveyed for the fourth-quarter “Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report” said network administration is the…


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