The rebounding auto industry led to job gains in Detroit: "We've been watching Detroit for a long time. It's still under the national average in terms of compensation level, but the job count is up 23%," Silver says. "A lot of the other smaller firms that supply the auto industry are starting to pick up business, and they need tech professionals."
One area where the job count is down significantly is the Washington, D.C./Baltimore region, which was one of the fastest growing job markets in 2011 but has suffered due to uncertain government spending. While it remains the second-largest market, with more than 7,400 jobs listed on Dice, the number of open jobs is down 17% compared to a year ago.
"Salaries [in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore region] were $94,300, which is far above the national average and also up 5.8% vs. a year ago," Silver points out. "The demand for tech professionals is still pretty high, it's just not what it was a year ago."
On the skills front, Dice identified eight skills that commanded six-figure salaries and had above average year-over-year growth in 2011. They are: SAP's ABAP programming language ($109,157 average salary, up 3% compared to 2010); SOA skills ($108,210, up 6%); ETL, or extract, transform and load skills ($106,521, up 6%); Weblogic ($103,702, up 5%); Java Database Connectivity ($102,630, up 5%); Unified Modeling Language ($102,579, up 6%); JBoss ($102,184, up 5%); and WebSphere ($100,348, up 7%).
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