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IT Jobs Will Grow 22% Through 2020, Says U.S.

Computerworld (03/29/12) Patrick Thibodeau

The expansion of healthcare technology and mobile networks in the U.S. will increase demand for software developers, support technicians, and systems analysts so much so that by 2020, employment in all computer occupations is expected to increase by 22 percent, according to the biennial update of employment projections by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Demand for software developers will be the strongest during this period, with increases reaching as high as 32 percent, depending on the type of software developed.  Demand for database administrators is expected to increase 31 percent, while employment for information technology (IT) managers is projected to increase 18 percent by 2020.  Growth in the healthcare industry and the need for more IT security may spur an increase in the number IT management jobs, and "cloud computing may shift some IT services to computer systems design and related services firms, concentrating job…

Cloud to Generate 14 Million Jobs by 2015

Datamation, March 5 According to a study conducted by IDC, cloud computing will generate nearly 14 million jobs worldwide by 2015. This jobs momentum is being driven by the estimated $1.1 trillion dollars in revenues that the cloud stands to generate within this time period. A common misperception is that cloud computing is a job eliminator, but in truth it will be a major job creator. Job growth will be widespread and will occur across continents and throughout organizations of all sizes because emerging markets, small cities and small businesses have the same access to cloud benefits as large enterprises or developed nations. Most of that job growth from cloud computing will hail from emerging markets -- China and India in particular. It is estimated that these countries will generate 6.75 million cloud-related jobs versus an estimated 2.8 million jobs in the Asia Pacific region, 2.07 million in Europe, Middle East and Africa and 1.17 million in North America. China and India will t…

Big Data Creating Big Career Opportunities for IT Pros

CIO.com (via Network World), March 6 
New job opportunities are emerging for IT professionals in the field of "big data," as corporations continue to gather vast amounts of real-time data about their customers. As a result, data scientists find themselves in sudden demand. A data scientist typically has a background in computer science or mathematics as well as the analytical skills necessary to deliver the right insights. As an example of the job title's popularity, the number of Google searches of "data scientist" hit peaks 20 times higher than normal in the last quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012. Data scientist is a popular search term in high-tech hotspots such as San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and New York. Among the U.S. companies looking to hire data scientists are PayPal, Amazon and HP. Indeed, the term "data scientist" is mentioned in 195 job listings on Dice.com. IT departments also are adding data-centric developers and system…

Study: Salaries Poised to Rise for Workers With Mobile, Cloud, UI Skills

IDG News Service (03/06/12) Fred O'Connor

Information technology (IT) workers who have experience with popular technologies may see significant salary increases this year, according to a Bluewolf survey.  Companies may boost wages from 2011 levels for workers with backgrounds in mobile application and software development, cloud computing, data analysis, and user interface design, according to the survey, which covered several IT positions, including executives, software developers, and system administrators, and provided job salary data in six U.S. markets.  The survey also found that workers with skills such as iPhone app development, Web site coding in HTML5, and database construction with MySQL are in high demand.  Developers with experience on mobile operating systems from Google and Apple should expect average salaries of $98,000, while the top salary range for business intelligence developers will increase nationally to the $88,000 to $110,000 bracket, according to the surve…

Cloud Will Create 14 Million Jobs, Study Says

InformationWeek (03/05/12) Paul McDougall

Cloud computing technologies will help create nearly 14 million technology-related jobs worldwide by 2015, resulting in $1.1 trillion in revenue annually, according to a Microsoft and IDC report. "For most organizations, cloud computing should be a no-brainer, given its ability to increase [information technology (IT)] innovation and flexibility, lower capital costs, and help generate revenues that are multiples of spending," says IDC's John Gantz. The report says cloud technologies are creating jobs through direct hiring by IT vendors and organizations as they build out cloud technologies and infrastructures, and by simplifying IT, which enables companies to dedicate more resources to strategic projects that can grow their businesses. "Enterprises that embrace cloud computing reduce the amount of IT time and budget devoted to legacy systems and routine upgrades, which then increases the time and budget they have for more inn…

The End of the Full-Time Salaried Job

TIME, February 17 As the number of "free agents" - contractors, freelancers, and consultants - in America continues to rise, the workplace environment is rapidly evolving to offer more freedom and flexibility. Companies are hiring more free agents than ever before because they save money and acquire niche expertise to solve specific business problems. In 2009, companies hired 28% more freelancers, and now in 2012, they are hiring 36% more. In the current economy, this means that there is less job security. In response, IT professionals need to understand the resources and tools for remaining relevant to their organizations. As Dan Schawbel points out, the biggest challenge you will have is to build a pipeline of client projects to survive and thrive on. There can be periods of time when you're looking for the next project, unlike a full-time gig where your manager delivers the next project right to you. You have to be a good salesperson and be able to develop relationshi…

Colleges Are Urged to Cooperate to Bring More Women and Minorities Into Science

Chronicle of Higher Education (02/27/12) Paul Basken

EducationCounsel and the American Association for the Advancement of Science recently offered a plan for producing more science and engineering graduates by bringing research universities into student-centered alliances with two-year, liberal arts, and minority-serving institutions.  The plan calls on colleges from all sectors to work harder at making sure that students at institutions with few or no science offerings have many more options for getting science and engineering training at nearby campuses.  EducationCounsel's Arthur L. Coleman says the plan reflects a realization that existing efforts to improve the nation's output of science and engineering graduates have focused to narrowly on helping the students, not paying sufficient attention to the institutional structures surrounding them.  A recent U.S. Department of Education report cites the Georgia Institute of Technology, which has an engineering transfer program w…