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Nov 30 2011   4:21PM GMT

Robert Half Identifies 7 Potential 2012 Bright Spots for IT Jobs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

In preparing its 2012 Technology Salary Guide, employment specialist firm Robert Half recently identified some standout job areas in IT for the coming year. These make for some pretty interesting reading, so I’ll reproduce them here courtesy of a summary I found in the Vancouver Sun:

1. Mobile applications developer. Starting salaries are projected to increase 8.2 per cent to a range of $72,500 to $102,750.

2. Web designer. The starting pay is expected to rise 6.6 per cent to a range of $75,000 to $120,000.

3. Network engineer. Starting salaries for network engineers are expected to rise six per cent to a range of $75,000 to $98,250.

4. Data warehouse analyst. Anticipated base compensation is expected to climb 5.9 per cent to between $81,750 and $111,250 in 2012.

5. Web developer. Base compensation is projected to increase 5.3 per cent to between $58,750 and $85,000.

6. Data security analyst. Base compensation for these workers is expected to rise 4.9 per cent to between $83,250 and $124,500.

7. SEO/SEM specialist. Those with three or more years of experience are projected to see a starting salary range of $75,000 to $95,000.

Here’s what I find interesting about this list and its associated numbers. First, the clustering of raises at around six percent, give or take 1.1 percent on the low end, and 2.2 percent on the high side. This augurs reasonably well for IT job improvements in general, and easily doubles current inflation levels. Second, it’s nice to see several types of development jobs hit this list: developers build things to other people can sell them, and still other people can use them, all necessary ingredients for growth and economic improvement. I’m also glad to see my core area–networking–get some much-appreciated recognition, and not surprised to see data warehousing/analysis and security make appearances in this list, either. What surprises me by their absence, however, are positions related to data centers and cloud computing, which also include storage area networking stuff. To the best of my knowledge these all remain white-hot areas as well.

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