Tech Job Trends 2014: Region, Skill Sets, Social Profile Spell Success or Failure

Susan Nunziata, Director of Editorial | 1/28/2014 | 94 comments

Susan Nunziata
If you're looking to fill information technology jobs in 2014, or if you're looking to make a career change yourself, there are several tech hiring trends that you need to know about.

For starters, depending upon your region and your skill set, this year may prove to favor certain IT job-seekers.

This is good news for IT workers, though it could mean challenging times for CIOs and other IT hiring managers who are looking to fill key roles, particularly in areas such as mobile apps development, software engineering, and business intelligence analysis.

Technology hiring managers and IT recruiters, meanwhile, are going to be stepping up their use of social media to find the right job candidates. So if your social media profile isn't up to snuff, and you're hoping to make a career move this year, it's time to get busy.

According to CompTIA's "IT Industry Outlook 2014," the top five US states for IT jobs are:

  • California
  • Texas
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • New York

The report from CompTIA, a non-profit association that serves the IT channel, also includes statistics on the IT jobs market, as well as an in-depth analysis of the broader IT industry. The report is based on a survey of 525 tech companies that was fielded in December 2013, along with additional data from a variety of sources, including IDC, EMSI, Burning Glass Technologies, Labor Insights, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the US Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The report identifies two distinct groups of IT jobs, each of which employs millions of workers:

  • Those employed with information technology companies, such as software and hardware vendors, service providers, and infrastructure providers (including telecommunications). This group employs approximately 5.73 million US workers in technical and non-technical positions.

  • Tech workers in IT departments across businesses in every industry vertical in the economy. This group employs approximately 4.74 million US workers in technical divisions, and does not include what CompTIA identifies as the "millions of additional technology-intense knowledge workers on the periphery that comprise the information technology universe."

According to CompTIA, the top five IT occupations in 2013 were:

  • Web developers
  • Software developers/system software
  • Software developers/applications
  • Database administrators
  • Network and computer system administrators

Meanwhile, IT recruitment firm Robert Half Technology identifies the top five positions that tech departments are adding to their teams in 2014:

  • Mobile apps developer
  • Software developer/software engineer
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Data architect
  • Developer/programmer analyst

CIOs and other IT leaders also have reason to look forward to new opportunities in 2014, according to EnterpriseEfficiency's sister publication InformationWeek. Debra Germaine, managing partner at executive recruiting firm CTPartners, told InformationWeek that the CIO role is undergoing an evolution that positions it as more critical to most organizations than ever before.

"The CIO of the coming years is at the forefront of many trends associated with other hot jobs: data, mobile, digital, and analytics," she said. "The CIO's focus has migrated from the back office to the boardroom, making the role more visible, in greater demand, and hotter than ever."

No matter where you are on the career ladder, social media are going to play a growing role in hiring decisions. With that in mind, has the following tips for polishing your social media profile:

  • Make sure to use industry-specific keywords in your social media profiles so that recruiters can find you.

  • HR departments may take a gander at your social media pages, so make sure you don't have anything on your Facebook page that could make an employer turn away.

  • Be prepared to participate in video interviews and use electronic application processes. As someone applying for a technical position, you don't want your lack of familiarity with something like videoconferencing to give the wrong impression about your tech skills.

What are your company's hiring plans for 2014? Are you looking to make a career move? Tell us about your experiences in the comments section below, and share your tips for IT hiring (and job-hunting).

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MDMConsult   Tech Job Trends 2014: Region, Skill Sets, Social Profile Spell Success or Failure   2/16/2014 2:53:40 PM
Re: Not to be naive but

BYOD definitely delivers efficiency. Management that can put trust in telecommuting will make the best culture. Soft skills, Embracing change benefits companies. Looking into creating an ideal work environment that cultivates such skills would be beneficial.


batye   Tech Job Trends 2014: Region, Skill Sets, Social Profile Spell Success or Failure   2/6/2014 2:59:26 PM
Re: Not to be naive but
could not agree more, but it more scarry reality... Nothing is secret anymore....
Susan Nunziata   Tech Job Trends 2014: Region, Skill Sets, Social Profile Spell Success or Failure   2/3/2014 7:07:05 PM
Re: Not to be naive but
@ProgMan: Pretty scary stuff, right? I suspect, though I have no proof of this, that the younger the job candidate is the more likely a company might want to know about their social media behavior. That said, I'm really giving into gross generalizaions and stereotypes by saying that, as people of all ages now maintain social media profiles (my 80something Aunt Mary is on FB).

From what I can tell, it depends more on the company than the position. If the company is uber-sensitive about brand image (a retailer?) or in a highly regulated industry I would imagine they'd be more likely to want this level of intrusion to vet their job candidates.

I prefer to go with good old fashioned common sense when doing my hiring.
Qasim Bajwa   Tech Job Trends 2014: Region, Skill Sets, Social Profile Spell Success or Failure   2/2/2014 12:20:15 PM
Re: I'd also be curious to know
@ProgMan. I think there are always exceptions. But as far as I know, and for the region I speak of, four years college degree is the only answer. Especially if you want to progress in your career to mangement & excutives positions as you referred in your earlier posts.
MDMConsult   Tech Job Trends 2014: Region, Skill Sets, Social Profile Spell Success or Failure   2/2/2014 11:08:20 AM
Re: I'd also be curious to know
Android's growth in the job sector has been rapid. Smartphone manufacturers and application developers for Android have made Android a dominant platform for devices. Many key areas such as low cost entry point, speed of releases and competitive outlook create demand. Opportunities in device manufacturing are present. Traditional industries such as healthcare, automotive and manufacturing are adopting software to improve efficiency, reliability, performance, quality through mobile applications and innovations.
ProgMan   Tech Job Trends 2014: Region, Skill Sets, Social Profile Spell Success or Failure   2/2/2014 10:47:38 AM
Re: I'd also be curious to know
@Qasim, yes I definitely think you're right.  I just recently saw an advertisement for a technical school which offered certifications and they implied in their ad that a high percentage of their graduates are getting hired on the certification alone.  Or something like that.  Just made me wonder - I know when I went to college the IT curriculum was probably a far cry from what it must be today, but then again I'm old.
Qasim Bajwa   Tech Job Trends 2014: Region, Skill Sets, Social Profile Spell Success or Failure   2/2/2014 8:34:14 AM
Re: I'd also be curious to know
@ProgMan. I think the pace at which the IT industry is moving forward, Certification won't just do. IMHO.

I think saving money just to avoid getting Quality education is not a very justified reason, unless circumstances support and say otherwise. Even after a 4 year college degree, fresh graduates enter the market looking for entry level positions and they land it.Since, the competition in the market is so intense, certifications won't just do. As for the senior executive positions, I don't think any student who goes to College sees that far off in the future. Everyone just wants to land a decent job as soon as they get out. 
ProgMan   Tech Job Trends 2014: Region, Skill Sets, Social Profile Spell Success or Failure   2/1/2014 5:35:12 PM
Re: Not to be naive but
@Susan Wow, I'm floored.  I suppose I'm naive to say that, but cripes, who has the time to research that deep on a candidate?  Not to mention it sounds uber intrusive.  I would be curious to see what type of employee they do this on - do you bother doing a FB scrub when hiring an associate?  Then again, a VP might not even know how to use FB?  
ProgMan   Tech Job Trends 2014: Region, Skill Sets, Social Profile Spell Success or Failure   2/1/2014 5:29:21 PM
Re: I'd also be curious to know
Thanks @Qasim.


That also begs the question, are you better off going to 4 year college for an IT track, or just working in the field & getting certified.  Big picture you would want the 4yr degree if you were looking at management/CIO potential down the road, but I there is an argument to be made for saving the money on 4 years of tuition and enrolling in a certification program + starting entry level.
Qasim Bajwa   Tech Job Trends 2014: Region, Skill Sets, Social Profile Spell Success or Failure   2/1/2014 4:44:55 PM
Re: I'd also be curious to know
@ProgMan, I think that depends widely on the region, In South - Asia I'm certain its IT that forms a major portion of the students enrolling in College.When I generally search at Monster, Career builder even at Elance, the majority jobs are related to IT. 

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