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Number of US IT professionals continues to grow

March 02, 2013

It may sound like the same story repeated, but the tech industry continues to experience positive success throughout the United States, producing tens of thousands of more IT jobs as a result. A recent Janco Associates report detailed the findings of its latest Business Labor Statistics study, which found that businesses nationwide hired 73,500 more IT professionals in January compared to December. In the past three months alone, more than 200,000 positions have been added.

Victor Janulaitis, CEO of Janco, indicated that the recent findings clearly show that IT employment can be "called a boom."

"When we looked at the number of IT pros employed and compared that with our own independent survey of 106 CIOs in North America we can only conclude that the hiring freezes of 2008 through 2012 have been lifted," Janulaitis said. "We are seeing greater demand for mid-level managers and technologist who can address demands placed on CIOs for more 'web-enabled' applications."

Although the IT industry is enjoying success at the moment, it could be altered in the near future, according to Janulaitis, who suggested that new taxes on companies and employees could slow hiring. Since 2008, labor participation levels have decreased 1.4 percent, which means that nearly 4 million people are not included in the workforce statistics.

"Until those percentages turn around, the overall recovery will be weak at best. If that is the case, then there is a strong possibility that IT demand will be dampened, and overall IT job market size could fall back to the levels of 2010 and 2011," Janulaitis asserted.

What may be job seekers' saving grace as they look to further their respective IT careers is the fact that companies worldwide are spending more for technology than last year. As a result, certain staff members can expect to have their names called when it comes to hiring.

Several IT jobs will be significant this year
A US News report suggested that several IT positions will be critical for companies in 2013. Computer systems analysts can expect to receive healthy compensation for their responsibilities, which include launching new IT systems, testing software updates and helping firms migrate from older platforms to new deployments.

Web developers
Businesses that rely heavily on multiple technologies likely need skilled web developers as well. According to the US News report, these staff members will be important for many companies this year. These workers often must understand a variety of computer languages and have a grasp on analytics.

Software developers
Software developers will be a crucial part of the IT industry's overall job growth moving forward. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the number of these developers to expand by 30 percent by 2020. These staff members are often highly skilled and put in more than 40 hours each week, according to the news source.

IT managers
Those in the IT industry looking to truly make the big bucks may want to set their sights on IT managers. The report indicated that these workers are important because they make sure computer systems are operating effectively at all times and can identify any issues that may impact this goal.

Hopefully businesses will continue to hire more IT personnel moving forward. Job seekers looking for ways to improve their chances of landing an open position can enlist the help of IT consultancy experts to ensure their unique skill sets are supported in the right working environment. 

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