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IT Jobs Hard to Fill as Unemployment Rates Drop for Most Occupations

Sunday, August 26, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: TechServe Alliance

A recent post on TechRepublic discussed the challenges that organizations are having filling jobs requiring a variety of IT skills. The common theme in the blog post was that IT executives and managers are challenged to find IT professionals with the right experience to staff openings at the higher end of the skills spectrum. Although real-world demand and job descriptions often do not align perfectly with government defined occupational titles, federal data seem to support developments reported by IT industry observers.


Q1 2012

Q2 2012

Computer and information systems managers 3.1 3.1
Computer hardware engineers 4.4 0.5
Computer network architects 2.5 0.8
Computer programmers 4.3 3.7
Computer support specialists 7.1 8.2
Computer systems analysts 4.2 2.9
Database administrators 5.2 5.7
Network and computer systems administrators 5.5 4.7
Software developers, applications and systems software 3.6 2.5
Web developers 5.9 3.0
Source: unpublished tabulations of Current Population Survey data furnished by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The extreme low unemployment rates for most IT occupations were for IT and computer-related jobs requiring a high level of expertise and skills in the second quarter. For ten major IT occupations examined by TechServe Alliance, seven experienced lower or significantly lower rates of unemployment in Q2 2012 compared to Q1 2012.

TechServe Alliance estimates that in Q2 2012, the number of IT jobs reached almost 4.2 million, which was a 1.1% increase from the previous period and a 2.8% rise from Q2 2011. (Chart on page one.)

According to a survey of IT professionals that plan to add IT staff in the next six months, 57% expect looking for programmers, developers, and engineers, 55% want analysts and technical specialists, 49% foresee hiring more network, systems or database administrators, 40% will need project leaders and projects managers, 39% anticipate needing more help desk and technical support, and only 18% will be looking for more senior management.

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