Recruiting firms are also cautiously optimistic, expecting the IT labor market to remain strong over the next 12 to 18 months as companies seek to innovate and gain a competitive edge through technology. "They're not backing off their investments in technology, and that's why it will be a pretty solid [employment] picture," Reed says. "You have to have the people to execute it."
That means IT professionals have a chance to position themselves for big raises. "In my company, when they think of security, they think of me -- I'm their first call," Lorenc says. "Once you're in that position, it gives you a lot of opportunities."
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