The process of search of a new first-class specialist is getting harder and harder. Especially, it is a case for the IT sphere.

There is quite an upsetting tendency for recruiters on the IT labor market. There are more vacant jobs than candidates available. This leads to many positions being slowly filled. Plus, candidates are rarely looking for the job. Instead, they are getting loads of invitation letters on LinkedIn. As a result, we can observe the increase of junior positions. It is quite logical as when you don’t have a person to fill in the position you need to grow one by yourself.

Plus it is much cheaper to hire junior and grow in-housely into senior than hire a senior specialist. Moreover, the lack of professionals on market make employers tolerate some skill gaps, as well as, relocation and remote work opportunities.

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Developing business processes, a company needs new technologies and updates. So, to conduct a successful migration, recruiters look for the specialists who are aware of both new and out-of-date systems.

In IT, there are spheres that hire more developers and who hire less. To the former group belong financial services providers, healthcare, managed services, telecommunications, and hospitality. The same can be stated about the reason for hiring an IT specialist, too. To the most frequent reason we can refer security, mobile technologies and big data. Wearable should be mentioned here as vacant positions driver, as well. 81% of CIOs regard wearable as major future attribute of any business office, according to Robert Half Technology survey.

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There are top six positions, according to their popularity: developer, business analyst, quality analyzer, systems administrators, database administrator, support.

The same list exists for the IT skills, as well: .NET/C#/Asp.Net, Java, PHP, Python, Ruby and Rails. UI and UX skills are important, too.

There are guys who get the highest salaries in IT. For instance, among Administration these guys are CIO, CTO, CSO, and Technology Director ($122,750 – $268,250). Leaders in Application Development: Applications Architect, mobile Applications Developer, Lead Applications Developer ($110,750 – $171,750). Senior IT Auditor and Practice Manager get the most in System Integration ($116,000 – $173,500). The most expensive in Database Administration Leaders: Big Data Engineer, Data Architect, Data Warehouse Manager ($123,750 – $183,500).

There is a group of lucky guys who got the most substantial salary increase that consists of Data Scientist, Wireless Network Engineer, Bug Data Engineer and Mobile Applications Developer – by more than 8%.

So, here is a nice picture of the IT labor market for those who are about to embark on it.

Hiring for IT Job Trends by Industries in United States