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.
Quality Assurance Engineer
What it pays: $100,000 to $120,000
Quality control testing is crucial to ensure speed-to-market and security of software solutions and applications. Cirri says Mondo’s clients are most interested in candidates with experience in Selenium, QuickTest Pro (QTP) or Cucumber solutions, but that any candidate with QA experience is in great demand.
What it pays: $100,000 to $125,000
Systems engineers used to be restricted to administration and management of systems and server operating systems, but Cirri says Mondo’s clients are increasingly looking for programming and scripting experience, as well.
“It used to be that systems engineers would only administer an OS and maybe have some role in disaster recovery,” Cirri says. “But now, individuals with stronger coding and/or scripting experience are commanding salaries toward the higher end of this range,” he says. In addition to standard administration skills, Cirri says a knowledge of Linux, UNIX, virtualization tools like VMware and Citrix as well as scripting languages are mandatory.
C# / .Net Developer
What it pays: $90,000 to $125,000
There’s still a huge demand for developers with C# and .Net experience, Cirri says. “Our clients are still looking for folks with this kind of experience, but those candidates that also have Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) or Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) experience can go even higher; to the tune of between $130,000 and $150,000,” Cirri says.
User Experience/User Interface Developer
What it pays: $110,000 to $130,000
User experience and user interface design are hot areas for both software companies and those in marketing and retail, says Cirri. While any experience with UX or UI is valuable, he says mobile device experiences can push candidates to the higher end of this salary range.
What it pays: $100,000 to $130,000
Drupal developers were all the rage in 2013, says Cirri, and while demand has slowed somewhat in 2014, Mondo’s government clients are increasingly demanding developers with Drupal skills.
“Our clients are asking for developers with both PHP language experience and specific APIs within the Drupal platform,” Cirri says. “The federal government is one of the clients that’s increasing its demand for Drupal, and that’s where a lot of the demand is coming from,” Cirri says.
What it pays: $90,000 to $125,000
PHP developers are still needed, Cirri says, especially as the IT industry focuses on open source solutions as well as scripting of applications and sites. PHP developers can command salaries in the range of $90,000 to $125,000 in the New York region, Cirri says.
Big Data Engineer
What it pays: $125,000 to $145,000
Another big data role that’s gaining traction is big data engineer, says Cirri. These roles build on candidates’ experience with data warehousing, and Cirri says the most common platforms clients want are Hadoop, Netezza and Cloudera. “This is a great role for current data warehousing pros who are building their skills to incorporate big data,” Cirri says. “This is a case where the skills needed are not necessarily new, but the ways those skills are applied certainly is.”
What it pays: $135,000 to $170,000
Walking the fine line between IT and business is what DevOps is all about, says Cirri, and developing open and productive communication between technical and line-of-business departments is a critical skill. DevOps professionals can have a variety of skills, both technical — programming, networking, software development — and soft — communication, marketing, sales, negation — and the more experience these pros have in either or both areas, the higher salary they can expect.
What it pays: $110,000 to $150,000
There’s no shortage of demand for project managers, and the number of skilled PMs in the market just isn’t sufficient, says Cirri. “Project managers are in short supply and high demand, and they always will be,” he says. “With the need to understand and implement the latest and greatest technology like Salesforce, new security platforms, mobile applications – we don’t think PMs will ever lack for high-paying positions.”
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