Developers Rule in 2012 Hiring Plans

Susan Hall

Java development was the top hiring priority for 2012 in a survey of nearly 1,200 tech-focused hiring managers and recruiters by IT job site Here's the full top 10:


  1. Java/J2EE developers
  2. Software developers/engineers
  3. Mobile developers
  4. .NET developers
  5. Project managers
  6. Web developers
  7. Systems engineers/administrators
  8. Network engineers/administrators
  9. SAP professionals
  10. Business analysts


Most of this is no surprise, but systems ( No. 7) and network (No. 8) engineers/administrators are new to the list this year. Managing Director Alice Hill says in the monthly report:

Their appearance may demonstrate companies have pushed the backbone of their organizations too far. Doing more with less has limits as these professionals maintain, operate and optimize entire communication channels and platforms.

The demand for SAP skills is worth noting, too. It's mostly in aerospace and defense, professional services, health care and financial services. And U.S. pros make 25 percent more than those in Europe, according to Dice's Cat Miller, even those with little experience. (Full disclosure: I blog for Dice, too.) Salaries for those with less than six years of experience earn a median salary of $76,375 a year.


The New York City area topped its list of hot job markets for tech pros, continuing the hiring frenzy in that area. Staffing firm CyberCoders recently released its own top 10 list of New York tech jobs and average salary. Here it is:


  1. PHP developer, $96,071
  2. Sales engineer, $106,500
  3. Java developer, $104,500
  4. Network engineer, $103,750
  5. Sales manager, $86,250
  6. Project manager, $78,333
  7. Ruby developer, $106,667
  8. Python developer, $103,333
  9. Mobile/Web engineer, $85,000
  10. Product manager, $97,500

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