Thursday, December 16, 2010

IT Hiring News Is Good News for IT Students published a new report this week about IT hiring in the United States and what is expected in 2011. IT students who are finishing their education and preparing to enter the job market will be glad to read that 60% of hiring managers and technology recruiters expect to do more hiring in the first six months of 2011 than in the last six months of 2010.

At the same time, students should also recognize that survey respondents emphasized the need for skilled IT professionals. On the whole, many companies and recruiters are struggling to find prospective IT employees that have the skill sets needed by the company. Thirty-eight percent of survey respondents said it is taking longer to fill positions now compared to this time last year, and 52% said the reason is that they can’t find professionals trained for the job. Not finding enough skilled IT workers to fill open positions is a better sign for the economy than having more skilled workers and not enough open positions, and it is a positive situation for your students who are developing their IT skills now.

Specific IT skills mentioned in the report include anything having to do with network or database security, development, cloud computing, and virtualization.

Even though the overall unemployment number in the U.S. is still high (9.8%), Dice reports that unemployment in the IT industry is far lower (5.2%), and the number of open IT jobs continues to rise.

Dice is advising employers to “up their game” to attract the skilled IT workers they need. And the advice to IT students, and others looking for a career in IT, is to be flexible about the location of your future job and to make IT training a priority to increase your marketability.

Emily Howard, TestOut

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