By Eric Presley, chief technology officer, CareerBuilder
With nearly 14 million unemployed workers and about five applicants for every job opening in the U.S., job seekers can't help but feel they're in an employer's market. While the job market is definitely competitive, one industry continues to be the exception to the rule.
You might be surprised to learn that despite the high unemployment rate, many employers are still finding it difficult to recruit skilled workers. According to CareerBuilder's 2011 midyear hiring forecast, 50 percent of employers reported concerns about the shortage of skills at their organizations, up from 48 percent who reported the same in 2010.
The functional area where employers continuously see the largest skills gap is information technology, which is a testament to the field's rapid growth as well as the shortage of workers qualified for these highly specialized positions.
For those who do have the right skills set, though, information technology can provide great career opportunities. Here's a look at seven IT jobs that employers need to fill now.
This technology serves as the basis for mobile applications, so as mobile adoption continues to surge, workers with C++ and Linux skills will be in high demand.
Active job seekers per opening: 1.35*
Most consumers will only scroll through a page or two of search results when looking for a product or service on the Internet, so if a company doesn't appear at the top of the list, it can miss out on potential customers. Web designers who can create sites that are both consumer and search engine friendly will be most desirable to employers.
Active job seekers per opening: 0.97
Good software developers are among the most sought-after workers in IT. Companies are willing to shell out for employees who know what they're doing, too. In the past year the average annual salary for software engineers has increased by 6 percent nationwide.
Active job seekers per opening: 0.89
According to InformationWeek's 2011 "State of Storage" survey, the amount of data companies produce grows by about 20 percent each year, with larger companies seeing annual data growth of up to 50 percent. More data means higher demand for those who know how to build, maintain and back up database systems.
Active job seekers per opening: 0.6
Infrastructure engineers build and operate the technical framework of a company based around its business needs. They design and implement hardware, software, databases and computer networks. As companies continue to rely more heavily on technology, they'll increase reliance on the people who can build it.
Active job seekers per opening: 0.5 (meaning there are two job openings for every active job seeker)
On top of the already specialized skillset required for IT workers, those who work on government projects surrounding classified or restricted information must also have federal security clearance. Because it costs government employers time and money to get security clearance for an employee, workers who are already cleared (i.e. military veterans) when they apply for government jobs will be attractive candidates.
Active job seekers per opening: 0.42
Like database administrators, the need for cloud developers stems from companies increasing their digital data output.
Active job seekers per opening: 0.29
*Based on internal CareerBuilder data
Eric Presley is the chief technology officer at CareerBuilder.com, where he is responsible for overseeing strategic technology initiatives and the execution of technology infrastructure.
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