Hot Jobs for 2011 Bring Further Merging of IT and Business

Susan Hall

Tech positions figured strongly in a projection by Robert Half of the hottest jobs for 2011. The list includes positions that shouldn't surprise any of us, including business intelligence analysts, business systems analysts and mobile developers.


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Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International, is quoted of saying of these "most promising" positions:

The common thread among the jobs highlighted in our research is that they help businesses improve efficiency and profits, and foster a more positive customer experience. The most successful job candidates bring multiple skill sets, a track record of success and a strong sense of accountability to their roles.

So here are some of those tech-related jobs, with their base salaries:


  • Senior business systems analyst-Expect pay to rise 5 percent to the range of $66,500 to $85,500.
  • ERP technical developer-Salaries will increase 5.2 percent next year, to a range of $79,250 to $109,500.
  • Business intelligence analyst -This position will also pay about 5 percent more, to between $82,500 and $116,250.
  • Data modeler- Expect a range of $80,750 to $111,250, a gain of 4.5 percent.
  • Mobile applications designer/developer-Starting salaries will be $73,250 to $102,500, but with strong demand, could go far higher.
  • User experience (UX) designer-This job posted one of the biggest increases, 7.8 percent, to a range of $67,500 and $98,000.


We've also just posted an updated slideshow of the hottest skills, based on job postings on


Here's a tip for job-seekers, and not just these types of positions: Our Knowledge Network is loaded with job descriptions-there are around 100-detailing the required skills, experience and responsibilities for various IT positions. You can use them to help match your resume to the position you seek.


Yet, Kevin Fogarty at ITWorld laments that IT hiring remains painfully slow and will have to pick up to reach Robert Half's projected 3 percent increase in IT hiring for this year. The word he'd whisper in job-seekers' ears: virtualization. He writes:

It's pretty clear anything virtual is going to get you a gig. Learn to build, configure and manage virtual servers, desktops, streaming and remote-access apps. Figure out ways to connect the security, identity management and data-access tracking and auditing software to any of the above and they will staple your feet to the floor and feed you pizza with a silver fork.


You won't get a raise, because they spent the budget on pizza and forks, but they'll be really nice to you.

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