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Career Watch: In IT, you don't have to be a star

Jamie Eckle | Nov. 5, 2013
If you're studying computer science or a related discipline, we hope it's because you love working with technology. But it's always good to know that the field you've decided on will be rewarding in monetary as well as emotional terms.

Information technology (30)
Average starting salary: $49,900
Average midcareer salary: $84,100

Source: PayScale survey of 1.4 million U.S. workers with bachelor's degrees and at least 10 years of experience in their field

Contractors: Partying Like It's 1998
The ratio of IT contract workers at large organizations spiked last year and remains high in 2013, at a level not surpassed since 1998. That was the height of the Y2K contracting boom and the first big Web development push. Today's boomlet is probably fueled in large part by initiatives revolving around big data and mobile apps.

Median Percentage of IT Workforce at Large Organizations Who Are Contractors
" 2009: 10%

" 2010: 5.5%

" 2011: 6%

" 2012: 17%

" 2013: 15%

Source: Computer Economics survey of 200 IT organizations with operational budgets of at least $20 million, October 2013

In-Demand Linux Skills did an analysis of job postings to determine which Linux skills are most sought by employers right now. Here are the results:

" MySQL: 35%

" PHP: 15%

" Java: 10%

" Apache: 8%

" Tomcat: 8%

" C/C++/C#: 7%

" Perl: 5%

" Python: 5%

" Bash: 4%

" Other: 3%


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