IT employment is still soaring, and so are bonuses

With unemployment in the IT industry at historically low levels, bonuses are up as employers scramble to fill open positions

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The tech skills in highest demand
What are employers seeking in their tech openings? Open source programming skills are greatly desired. Python and Ruby have hit all-time peaks in six of the 10 months in 2012. JBoss is also on the list with nearly 2,000 job postings on any given day, up 10 percent year over year. Linux job postings reached their highest levels yet this month with 12,110.

Job listings for programmers who can develop for Android are up about one-third since last year, and jobs related to virtualization are up like never before. In fact, mobile skills as a whole are in high demand. But few, if any, areas are as hot as the cloud. As of August, there were 10,771 jobs in six categories that Dice deems cloud-related, compared to 8,217 the year before, an increase of 31 percent.

Several executives I spoke with also highlighted a demand for a relatively new skill called devops. Devops joins development and operations teams to shrink development time, save costs, and eliminate conflicts between developed projects and operational integration; it lets developers self-provision more, so IT setup doesn't become a barrier. In December 2011, there were 1,349 Dice postings for devops positions; by September 2012, there were 1,429.

At the same time, there appears to be some slippage in employment for traditional system administrators. In the second quarter, the unemployment rate for the category the Bureau of Labor Statistics calls network and computer systems administrators was 4.7 percent, compared to 3.6 percent for computer professionals as a whole at that time.

Murshed Chowdhury, CEO of staffing company Infusive Solutions, continues to have clients looking for sys admins and believes the position will remain relevant for the foreseeable future. But "once this transition [cloud migration] is solidified, it is likely that the number of open positions for systems admins will decrease. Any of these professionals who can successfully adapt to cloud technologies and virtualization will be the best positioned to thrive in future IT markets," he says.

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