2014 Hot Jobs: Information Technology

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  • February 11, 2014

2014 Hot Jobs: IT Jobs

While the average unemployment rate in the U.S. in 2013 was about 7.3 percent, the demand for technology professionals in mobile application development, big data, cloud computing and web development is far higher than the number of qualified professionals. The career prospects of these IT jobs are extremely promising, yet they go unfilled.

Technology professionals are increasingly becoming the backbone to many organizations. They’re moving into senior management positions and focusing on make-or-break projects rather than supporting back-office operations. The median salaries for IT jobs can range anywhere between $80,000–110,000 depending on various factors like location, experience and company. High demand and promising career paths are what make this year's IT Hot Jobs very exciting.

#1 Mobile Application Development Jobs

Mobile application development is an exploding hot job, earning it the top spot in our 2014 IT Hot Jobs list. Downloads of applications to smart phones and tablets has grown 400 percent since 2009 to a total of 21 billion in 2013, making the demand for skilled mobile application development professionals skyrocket. 

In a recent CareerBuilder Supply and Demand report, there were more than 80,000 mobile application development job openings, with nearly 13,000 job seekers. To put this in perspective that means there are more job openings for mobile app developers than there are people who live in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Mobile app developers generally have a degree in computer science and specialize in one or more programming languages, such as Java, Python, iOS, Google Android or Ruby on Rails. According to Randstad research, 93 percent of mobile application development candidates had at least a bachelor’s degree and over 40 percent have a post-graduate degree. 

The median salary range for mobile application development jobs is estimated at $106,000, with the top quartile earning over $140,000 a year.

Strong demand from top employers coupled with a competitive salary make mobile application development the top IT job for 2014. 

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#2 Big Data and Cloud Computing Jobs

Big data and cloud computing also made this year’s hot job list. This IT career revolutionizing the way we do everything, from predicting the weather to buying airline tickets to listening to music on the go.

Cloud computing has also democratized big data. Now any enterprise can benefit from unstructured data—and on a huge scale. Gartner projects big data spending will more than double—to at least $55 billion—in the U.S. by 2016.The key feature of big data storage is that it can handle very large amounts of data, while scaling to keep up with growth.

The rush for cloud application developers has also caused a rush for cloud computing engineers. Currently, there are more than 100,000 of these IT jobs more available jobs than active candidates. 

Median salaries for cloud computing and big data storage professionals are generally both over $100,000 depending on a variety of factors. Over 75 percent of candidates have at least a bachelor’s degree, most often in computer science or another technical field. 

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#3 Web Developer Jobs

Web development is an amazing IT job that allows professionals to be both creative and analytical. These developers get to build things that help other people consume content information. And, due to easy-to-use CMS systems, gone are the days when web developers spend most of their time updating static pages. 

Today, web developers work complex internet applications, electronic businesses and social network services. They help integrate businesses' properties and strategies across the internet and create great user experiences for prospects and customers.

There is a strong demand for web developers, with almost twice as many openings as there are candidates. With a strong median salary of about $80,000 a year and the top quartile reaching upwards of $120,000, web developers enjoy a rich career with good compensation. 

The majority of web developers have at least a bachelor’s degree, with over 25 percent holding a master’s degree.

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How to be Successful in Information Technology in 2014

“Globalization and managing the complexities of virtual environments has made the need for well-rounded technology candidates for IT jobs more important than ever,” said Bob Dickey, Randstad Group President for Technologies and Engineering. “Experience working with teams across various departments and even geographies is growing increasingly more vital to employers as well. But, in an ever-changing field like information technology, it’s always important to nail down the basics—the right business acumen, an ability to adapt to the unique company environment, as well as strong soft skills and experience with today's cutting-edge technologies.” 

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