“Technology professionals have the power to negotiate and also be selective about their opportunities," Dice.com president Shravan Goli recently told Forbes. Take a look at these six IT hiring trends to gain insight into top talent within this sector.
1. Some IT Skills are Worth Even More
According to a survey from Dice.com, some IT skills pay even more than others. Those with average salaries of 130K a year or more are professionals who know PaaS, or Platform as a Service - a type of cloud computing that lets customers manage web applications.
According to the survey, the second most in demand IT skill is Cassandra - an open source database management system that handles large amounts of data. Those with this skill set earn an average of $128K annually. Third in place is knowing MapReduce, which processes and generates large data sets.
2. Tech Talent Wants to Be in These Cities
While Silicon Valley remains at the top of the list for cities that pay IT talent the most, Seattle is fast approaching, where tech salaries are up 4.6% this year, according to Forbes. The average technology professional in Seattle earns over $99K a year. This is due not only to Amazon and Microsoft having large hubs in the city, but Google, Facebook and Twitter have all opened up shop in Seattle in recent years.
Other cities that pay tech talent the most: Baltimore, Washington DC, St. Louis. Nationally, California employs the largest number of tech employees, followed by Texas and New York.
3. In Some Industries, a Major Talent Shortage
Health Care is seeing an increased need for technology professionals in roles such as clinical analyst and health informatics, but the heavy shift to electronic health records means that health care professionals now need to know complex coding instead of more rudimentary clerical skills. Additionally, many clinical analyst jobs require that the worker have IT knowledge and nursing certification, a combination not commonly found among applicants.
4. More Professionals Getting Certified
Tech certification has seen seven straight quarters of growth across the board, according to Willward-Powell. These candidates will receive more exposure as employers trend toward requiring certified skills moving forward. Of the highest-paying certified skills, Open Group Master Architect, Cisco Certification, and AWS Solutions Certification top the list. According to Foote Partners Data, cloud certifications market pay is up 2% into 2015.
5. Rise of the Chief Technology Officer
With an increased need to be tech-savvy for business to thrive, IT skills are canvassing every department within organizations, particularly Marketing and Human Resources. It's estimated that by 2017, Marketing Officers will spend more time with technology than the IT team. According to the report, 65% of businesses are increasing budgets for technology-related service providers to answer to this need.
This is leading to a shift in title and responsibility. The Chief Technology Officer, or Chief Marketing Technologist, will have a goal of "aligning marketing technology with business goals, serving as a liaison to IT and evaluating technology providers," according to the Harvard Business Review.
On the HR Tech side, Human Capital Management is expected to trend to the top, with many organizations swapping out old workforce technology to better manage their systems and people.
6. Demand for Cybersecurity Jobs will Continue
"Ethical hackers" — technology specialists with a deep grasp of network security issues — will continue to be needed in 2015, as more organizations are tightening security following national breaches such as Sony's attacks late last year. Auditing, hacking, and forensic analysts are all in demand in this sector.
Many universities are unveiling Cybersecurity advanced degrees and programs to answer to the increased need. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 37% increase in Information Security Analyst positions by 2022.