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100,000 New Jobs for Tech Industry Through Midyear 2012, Report Says

Network World (10/25/12) Ann Bednarz

The TechAmerica Foundation analyzed four high-tech job sectors, including software services, engineering and tech services, technology manufacturing, and communications services, and found positive job growth in three of them for the first six months of 2012.  The only field that lost jobs during that time was communications services.  Overall, the study found 99,300 new jobs, increasing the industry's job count by 1.7 percent to 5.99 million at the end of June 2012.  "America can only realize the full promise of an innovation economy with smarter public policies focused on developing and attracting the best talent, investing in research and development, and growing and securing our information infrastructure," says TechAmerica Foundation president Jennifer Kerber.  The study also found that the technology industry had monthly job gains in 16 of the 18 months between January 2011 and June 2012, yielding an increase of 3.3 percent and…

Think Outside the Box to Get Your Resume Noticed

Lifehacker, October 17 If you want to get hired in today's job market, you have to stand out from the crowd, and that usually starts with a resume that gains attention. According to career experts, there are several different ways to think outside of the box to get your resume noticed. For one, you might want to consider re-writing your resume from zero, so that you can include as many of the key phrases and requirements that are mentioned in each job listing. By understanding how the social Web works, you can work to get your resume into the hands of influencers, or take advantage of other paid tools to promote your resume across popular Web sites visited by recruiters and hiring managers. The first way to think outside the box is to "reverse write" your resume. Forget everything you already have on your resume. Open a new blank document, check the job description of the job you're seeking, and then write your resume in reverse chronological order. Focus exclusively…

Demand for Software Engineers Keeps Climbing--and So Do the Salaries

InfoWorld (10/18/12) Ted Samson

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 30 percent job growth for software engineers in the next few years, and notes that increased demand will lead to increased salaries.  The national average for a software engineer's base salary currently is $92,648, a 2.5 percent increase over 2011, according to Glassdoor.  Google, Facebook, and Apple, all of which offer software engineers an average salary of at least $114,413, currently offer the highest average salaries among 15 major tech companies.  Other companies offering more than $100,000 on average for software engineers include Zynga, Microsoft, Intuit, Amazon, Oracle, Cisco, and Yahoo!, according to Glassdoor.  Companies in the San Francisco Bay area and Seattle offer the highest average salaries for software engineers, at $107,798 and $102,403, respectively, while Minneapolis-based companies offer the lowest average salaries at $75,032.  Glassdoor calculated average salaries based on 50 enginee…

Big Data, Big Jobs

Computerworld, September 20 Companies are looking for IT employees with a complex set of skills to tap the promise of Big Data, which could transform the enterprise by bringing data analytics to bear on almost every area of business. As a result, Big Data-related jobs are rapidly becoming some of the most sought-after job openings by employees. According to a recent McKinsey report, the U.S. could face a shortage by 2018 of 140,000 to 190,000 people with "deep analytical talent" and of 1.5 million people capable of analyzing data in ways that enable business decisions. With this in mind, the article takes a closer look at the most popular Big Data jobs as well as the types of skills, qualifications and experience that they now require. The general consensus appears to be that Big Data will require a wide range of different types of skills. Big data is all about using analytics to understand customers, develop new products and cut operational costs. Additionally, some big dat…

In Tech Jobs Market, Data Analysis Is Tops

USA Today (10/02/12) Jon Swartz

Data scientists are in high demand as companies scramble to manage the more than 250 billion publicly available data points that are available on today's social networks.  A recent McKinsey Global Institute study called data analytics the next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity.  "It's never been a better time to be a data scientist," says 140 Proof co-founder John Manoogian.  "Companies want to turn this data into insights about what people like and what might be relevant to them, but they need very specialized analytical talent to do this."  However, there is a lack of talent because the jobs often require math skills that many college graduates lack, forcing companies to train their own workers.  The Glassdoor site lists 17,699 openings for jobs in big data, and the average salary starts at $74,000, according to Simply Hired.  Meanwhile, strong demand for computer scientists across the board has made it …