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IT Job Market Continues to Grow

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The demand for IT workers continues to grow, and salaries are inching upalong with job demand, according to a new study.

And it's a dramatic change from the job market of just two years ago,according to Scott Melland, president and CEO of New York-based DiceInc., an online recruiting service for IT professionals.

''Two years or three years ago, there were a lot more technicalprofessionals looking for something different or they were unemployed andlooking for work,'' Melland told Datamation. ''Today, that is notthe case. Many companies are being forced to pull talented people fromother companies... They're luring them in with better salaries and theage-old attraction for tech professionals -- the opportunity to work onthe latest technologies or high-impact projects.''

Getting back into a strong job market where workers have the luxury ofbeing courted by other companies is a far cry from the long unemploymentlines where many IT professionals found themselves after the dot-combubble burst and the technology sector went into a steep slide. Two orthree years ago, companies found themselves flooded with resumes for anykind of IT job opening.

Now the tables are starting to turn again. And IT professionals may findthemselves in the driver's seat, according to Melland.

Dice's analysts report that job postings on their site increased 3.6percent over the past month, to 79,358. They also note that requests fortechnology professionals with J2EE/Java experience showed the greatestgain this past month, with postings rising 10.8 percent, to 10,357.

Dice also announced the quarterly update of its salary survey. As of Oct.10, the survey found the average salary for a technology professional was$69,700, an increase of 2.8 percent since December 2004. The averagesalary of a contract worker was $87,107, while the average salary forpermanent employees increased to $65,479 from $64,300 at the end of 2004.

''I think this is all part of a much larger movement out there, which isincreased technical spending by U.S. corporations and the Department ofDefense and the government,'' says Melland. ''That technical spendingreally is the result of a lot of companies and agencies upgrading theirtechnologies. We're still in the midst of a tech upgrade cycle that manycompanies are going through. They need more technical professionals tomake those upgrades and then manage the new systems they're putting inplace.

''In general, it has to do with catching up on projects andinfrastructure that they did not upgrade in the early part of 2001 to2003. In corporate America, there was Sarbanes-Oxley on top of this. Inthe financial services firms, there's a lot of technology being appliedon the customer side of the fence.''

Melland says these are the most sough-after positions:

  • Database administrators;
  • Application developers;
  • System administrators, preferably with Linux experience;
  • Network engineers;
  • Project managers, and
  • Security professionals.

    ''In terms of overall demand, in those five key areas, there are plentyof jobs available,'' says Melland. ''There is a large demand for networkpeople who have experience setting up secure networks.

    ''I think this is a great time to be a technology professional in theUnited States if you have some of these technical skills.''

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