But this need for tech talent also contributes to the industry's hiring struggles. IT's low unemployment rate, which Reed placed between 3 and 3.5 percent, indicates that a majority of IT workers have jobs since hiring professionals view 2 percent unemployment as full employment. By comparison, the overall U.S. unemployment rate for December was 6.7 percent.
"There is always 2 percent that's in transition [between jobs], that can't work or that don't want to work. Holistically there just aren't a lot of people out there to do those jobs."
In fact, Reed is seeing signs that the demand for tech workers may grow stronger in 2014. Salaries are rising "which is always a reflection of the supply and demand in the marketplace," he said. "The tighter the supply, the [more] compensation creeps up."
Although IT workers are needed, the demand for some positions isn't as strong.
Embedded systems development roles are starting to wane, said Schade, who attributes the decline to the rise of Web and mobile development.
Cloud computing, another trendy technology, is behind a decline in network telecommunication jobs, said Cullen. As more companies move some or all of their application to a cloud environment, positions that involve working on internal data and computer networks are decreasing.