Why IT Careers Are in Demand
Believe it or not, IT professionals are considered the folks with the cool jobs. In fact, the majority of non-tech employees said they'd consider a transition to an IT career, according to a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. Why? Well, in addition to the attractive salaries in technology, there's the promise of working on projects that invite innovation and intellectual stimulation, along with the tech industry culture. In the bigger-picture context, tech professions are growing increasingly popular because of the way they're influencing business on a global scale, as well as affecting the way we live our lives. Meanwhile, tech unemployment remains comparatively lower than the rates in other industries, and overall salary increases are projected to average 5.3 percent next year, according to the survey report. "The widening demand for technology talent makes now a great time for interested job seekers to find their place in the tech field," said John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Many tech jobs require a college degree and training, but some have fewer barriers to entry and can be attractive career paths for those who are looking to transition into the field." The research includes a sampling of tech positions with their salary ranges and certification requirements, in addition to transferable skills that make for good candidates. We've included some of that information here. More than 300 U.S. workers took part in the research.