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:
- 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, Beyond.com 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).
— Susan Nunziata, , Director of Editorial, EnterpriseEfficiency.com