5 In-Demand Tech Specialties with Rising Salaries

5 In-Demand Tech Specialties with Rising Salaries

New Season New Start

Leaves have changed colors, school is back, college football is in full force and everything has pumpkin spice in it. It’s a psychological start to a new year and also the perfect time for a fresh start and a new job search.

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that IT employment grew 3.1% in 2015, and 44% of IT managers who participated in Computerworld’s 2016 IT Salary Survey said they expect to expand their IT staffs this year.

According to the survey here are the top five IT specialties seeing the biggest jumps in salary.

  1. ERP Enterprise resource planning reported a 5% year-over-year compensation gain, the biggest gain of any area of IT among survey respondents.
  2. Cloud computing Coming in a close second is cloud experts. Pay is up 4.8% this year and as more organizations do more in the cloud, competition for cloud experience is heating up.
  3. Security  According the Computerworld survey, IT managers who plan to expand their staffs this year cited security as an area in which they will be adding personnel. Those in this field can expect an average pay gain of 4.6% over 2015.
  4. Web design/development Job seekers with strong portfolios and broad sets of web design and development skills can get multiple offers and command $70,000 to $9000 or more annually, according to experts. Overall, the survey showed that pay was up 4.6% for these workers in 2016.
  5. Business intelligence/analytics  The push to put data into the hands of workers at every level is driving demand for business intelligence and analytics systems — and IT professionals who support those systems and their users. Survey respondents who work in those areas reported an average pay bump of 4.2% in 2016.

You can view the full report here.