Unemployment rates in the IT industry remain low. That’s good news for you because it means to compete for top tech talent, companies are offering higher salaries.
Unemployment in the IT industry remains staggeringly low. To compete for top talent, companies are offering higher salaries to attract candidates with must-have skills.
“Our clients are increasing salaries across the board, but with higher pay rates comes the expectation that job-seekers will not only have these core skills, but have added knowledge of and experience with newer technologies,” says Tom Cirri, regional director of recruitment, Mondo.
To help you know your value, here are 20 of the hottest new skillsets, and what hiring companies are willing to pay for those, according to Mondo. (The ranges are based on the New York region, which includes parts of New Jersey and Connecticut.)
Augmented Reality Developer
What it pays: $115,000 to $130,000
Augmented reality is making a huge impact on the marketing and sales industries and in retail, says Cirri. For candidates looking to land a job in this area, the most popular tools Mondo’s clients demand are ARToolKit, Unity3D, Vuforia and Metaio, Cirri says.
What it pays: $140,000 to $150,000
Network or Systems Security Engineer
What it pays: $110,000 to $125,000
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and mobile device management (MDM) are driving much of the demand for these skills, says Cirri, and recent high-profile data breaches in retail are forcing companies to take a harder look at their network and systems security protocols and the people in charge of those. Within this role, job seekers experienced with NitroSecurity, Palo Alto Software and FireEye intrusion detection and prevention suites will have an edge over the competition, Cirri says.
What it pays: $150,000 to $175,000
Designing and building secure systems has never been more important, which explains why these positions are in huge demand, Cirri says. And security architect positions cross all domains and all industries, making it a wide-open field for job-seeking candidates, he says.
What it pays: $125,000 to $155,000
Data Scientists with experience in any “big data” platform and/or with machine learning experience can command salaries as high as $155,000, says Cirri. “There’s been a huge increase in client demand for these skills so far this year; our clients want and need professionals who can use data analytics tools to dive into data and make decisions based on what the data’s telling them,” he says.
What it pays: $90,000 to $110,000
Java’s still a hot skill, Cirri says, but engineers with experience in Java-specific application servers are the most in-demand. Most of the demand is for Java professionals with lots of troubleshooting experience, and those with added focus on security can boost salaries even more.
“Troubleshooting is hot. Because of the need to develop and maintain connections between legacy systems and new security solutions, new Web servers and data center consolidation, these skills are seeing a resurgence,” Cirri says.
What it pays: $180,000 to $200,000
Salesforce.com, the ubiquitous customer relationship management (CRM) application, continues to dominate organizations IT skills demand, says Cirri. But the difference here is a focus on the application exchange within Salesforce, including Financialforce, Marketo and the integration tool Cast Iron, he says. Any job-seeker with these skills will be in high demand, he says.
What it pays: $110,000 to $150,000
Big data skills continue to demand a premium, especially if job seekers can point to experience with Hadoop, Cloudera, Hive and MongoDB, specifically, says Cirri. “Clients looking for data architects are focused on integration and data governance, and they want to know if candidates can perform large-scale platform consolidation and data integration,” he says.
What it pays: $120,000 to $150,000
In an application-centric economy, iOS developers continue to be in high demand, says Cirri. “Have you built and released a successful application? Have you worked on an application for a previous employer? Then your skills are much-needed and salary won’t disappoint,” he says.
What it pays: $135,000 to $165,000
Android developers command higher salaries than their iOS counterparts, says Cirri, mainly because of the more complex platforms and toolkits involved in developing and integrating apps for the Android operating system. “The more high-end brand experience you have, the more money you can make, especially if you’ve had applications published and used by large companies in the enterprise,” he says.
What it pays: $90,000 to $110,000
This role is in high demand for companies in the retail sector, as well as those who dabble in social media, Cirri says. “We’re seeing our marketing, retail and social media clients very interested in developers for interactive displays, applications and other interactive marketing campaign technologies,” Cirri says, and Facebook’s recent Oculus purchase will drive the demand even higher.