Trends in the use of electronic data and technological devices can set the tone of hiring in this area. Consumer demand and use drives the development of the IT field. More devices are becoming mobile and agile as they become lighter and more powerful. Data is being transmitted now more than ever. Two occupations in demand reflect this.
IT professionals who can develop applications for mobile devices are among the most sought after candidates in IT. IT staffing experts state that this group will remain a strong position for hiring through 2012 as companies race to adapt their Websites and apps for smartphones and tablets.
According to the site Dice.com job postings for Android and iPhone developers are up 129 and 190 percent, respectively over last year. The technology division of staffing firm Robert Half International projects starting salaries for mobile application developers to increase 9.1 percent in 2012, to a range of $85,000 to $122,500 per year
Data warehouse analysts will also be a hot job. The ability to maintain data has become an increasingly complex task and companies need professionals who can collect, analyze and mine stored data, as well as offer effective storage strategies. A company needs to be able to extract information effectively from data streaming across platforms to stay competitive. Anticipated base compensation for these professionals is expected to climb 6.7 percent to between $88,000 and $119,000 in 2012