It has not been an easy year for IT pros, although they have done better than employees in other industries. Looking at the remainder of 2010 and 2011, it does not appear tech jobs will see significant growth. Overall, it seems more that they will stabilize and the job market will remain similar to what we’ve seen over the last year and a half. However, that doesn’t mean that IT professionals and those looking at making a career in the industry don’t have anything to look forward to in the future.
The few places where IT jobs will grow include the following: 1) Areas in which IT cuts went too far and with the increase in business demands, rehire must be done. 2) Many organizations have outsourced over the last year, so outsourcers will likely get many post recession hires.
Locations that are seeing more IT growth include Atlanta, Dallas, suburban New York, and Philadelphia. Pricier locations where growth is being seen include Boston, Chicago, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C. The industries that seem to be recovering more rapidly IT growth include electronics, telecom, and computer/high-tech. Specific jobs in demand include Java and .Net/C+ developers, IT Security engineers, software engineers, quality assurance professionals and project managers. Hot new skills for the next couple of years will be in virtualization, collaboration technologies, and security.
Overseas job growth is growing but not nearly as much as was seen prior to the recession. To some degree, off-shoring is losing its appeal. Organizations have realized “important” jobs are best staffed here at home. Additionally, developing countries need their own people as they advance.