Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Computerworld Reports Strong Outlook for Entry-level IT Hiring

Computerworld offers a good report for college seniors and other IT students ready to tackle an IT job search: the outlook for entry-level IT hiring is bright. While the US economy overall still suffers a high unemployment rate, the IT industry is experiencing healthy growth and demand, especially for entry-level IT workers.

In fact, according to Dice.com, in 18 states and Washington, D.C., there is even a shortage of IT workers, leading to higher entry-level salaries expected in 2012. California, New Jersey, Texas, and New York are the states with the biggest shortages of IT talent.

Starting as an intern while in school or right after graduation can be a great lead-in to a career. Computerworld reports that many companies are hiring interns as a strategy to find their full-time IT staff. Louis Trebino, CIO and senior vice president at the Harry Fox Agency in New York City, explained, "Last year, we had an intern who was stellar. We hired her after graduation.”

What skills are companies looking for in new IT grads? Many of the skills students are developing through training with TestOut’s LabSim courses for A+, Network+, and Security+ are exactly what companies need. Help desk and desktop support job openings are “holding steady,” Computerworld reports, and certifications from CompTIA will support IT grads in finding good positions more easily.

Computer support jobs aren’t the only openings in entry-level IT; new grads will also find many positions available for application developers, particularly for social media and smartphones. And because the demand is so strong and the technologies are new, employers are considering new IT grads whose experience may come simply from a hobby.

No matter what your students’ interests in IT are, they’re coming out of school at a time when the options are plentiful. Training with TestOut’s LabSim courses and gaining TestOut Pro certification will prepare them for their career path and allow them to hit the ground running in their career.

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