2016 Most In-Demand IT Positions

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West South Central

The fastest-growing industries in the West South Central region include health care, manufacturing, financial service, oil & gas/energy and technology. This region includes Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Texas in particular has seen rapid development in technology-related jobs over recent years. Hot jobs in the West South Central region for 2016 are expected to include .NET developers, systems engineers, network engineers, database administrators and help desk specialists.

Robert Half Technology recently released data on expected 2016 technology hiring and compensation trends. With numerous jobs remaining unfilled, IT hiring in 2016 is expected to continue to be a relatively fierce market, favoring employees looking for new positions to further their technology careers. This follows the trend set over the past few years, with demand far outweighing supply.

Compensation is expected to increase in 2016, especially for specialized skills such as SharePoint, virtualization, Microsoft SQL Server and Cisco network administration, which are expected to increase between 8 and 9 percent. Development skills, such as .NET, PHP, Java and C# are expected to increase 8 to 9 percent next year. IT certifications that are expected to be hot in 2016 include Cisco – CCNA, CCNP, Microsoft – MCP, MCITP, project management – PMP, security – CISSP, and virtualization – VCP.

Another long-term trend that will continue in 2016 is the demand for IT candidates to have more than just technology skills. IT departments are no longer isolated and must position themselves as a vital, integrated unit within the business. As such, employers are looking for candidates who have good communication skills – technical and non-technical, strong problem-solving abilities, a collaborative mindset, a team-oriented approach, and solid creative-thinking capabilities.

In this slideshow, we've featured the top technology positions Robert Half Technologies has identified as being most in-demand for each region of the U.S in 2016.


Related Topics : A Big Market for Big Data Jobs, Midmarket CIO, IT Management Automation, SharePoint, Technology Markets

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