Industry analysts continue to assert that as the year winds down, IT employment is doing fairly well, adding about 7,100 jobs in November and approaching the all-time high of 4.088 million jobs reached in June 2008. One result of this good news: demand for talent in several tech categories. Recruiter Keith Cline, the founder of Dissero, tells Inc magazine that there are five areas where talent is in especially high demand:
  • Software Engineering and Web Development “The demand for top-tier engineering talent sharply outweighs the supply in almost every market, especially in San Francisco, New York, and Boston.”
  • Creative Design and User Experience “Since almost every company is trying to create a highly compelling user experience that keeps people engaged with their product, it is tough to find people who have this type of experience.”
  • Product Management “It’s a challenge to find people with experience in these high-growth industries: consumer Web, e-commerce, mobile, software as a service, and cloud computing.”
  • Marketing “Companies are looking for expert online marketers who know how to create a buzz of inbound marketing or viral traffic through the Web, social media, and content discovery.”
  • Analytics “Analytics is becoming a central hub across companies where everything (Web, marketing, sales, operations) is being measured and each decision is supported by data.”
There you have it. Your first hints on where to steer your career in 2012.