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For big raises in IT, look to mobile, security, big data

Fred O'Connor | Oct. 28, 2014
IT salaries will remain mostly stagnant in 2015, except for workers with highly coveted skill sets, according to a report tracking IT salaries and skills demand in the coming years.

Jobs at lower end of the skills chain, such as network administration technicians, may see a pay increase that is only slightly more than the rate of inflation, Cullen said. Although those workers may leave for larger paychecks, employers are willing to accept a high turnover rate since "the feeling is, we can always find those people," he said.

One market with both strong growth potential and compensation is health IT, which has a projected value of $56.7 billion by 2017. Jobs in that sector include clinical systems trainer (average base salary: $66,710), HIPAA security analyst ($72,414) and clinical systems architect ($141,371), according to the report.

"Health IT is one of the fastest, most in-demand sectors. Compliance is critical, and penalties associated with noncompliance are very substantial, so there is going to be a continued ramp up on spending for companies involved with health IT," Cullen said. Other growth markets for IT jobs include the finance sector and small and medium-size businesses, he said.

IT jobs with increasing growth rates over the next eight years include project managers (15 percent), systems analysts (25 percent) and software developers (22 percent).

Many of those project management and business analyst roles may be filled by women, who are already taking an interest in these positions, Cullen said.

"Women are recognizing that a path to success on the business side does come from knowledge in the IT area," said Cullen. "You are seeing a lot of cross over from CIO to CEO levels now. So if you follow that path, you're seeing a large number of women looking for career opportunities in the IT sector."

 

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