IT Jobs on Track for Major Growth in 2017

With 2017 just around the corner the question on every job seeker and soon-to-be-college-grad’s mind is what do my job prospects look like for the New Year? As expected, IT careers will continue to fuel growth in the employment market with specific fields leading the way.

Overall the IT sector is predicted to grow at a rate of 22% through 2020. But certain jobs continue to be the front-runners for above average growth. If you’re still in college or thinking about a career change, these are the positions to prepare for.

IT Job Growth

Some of the hot IT jobs you can expect to see in droves next year are:

  • Web Developer 27%
  • Computer Systems Analyst 21%
  • Information Security Analyst 18%
  • Software Developer 17%

Growth Averages via BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook (2014-2024)

Web Developer

Extensive coding experience continues to be a highly sought-after skill set with all kinds of companies looking to employ their own in-house tech teams. From Google to Yahoo and corporations large and small, as a Web Developer, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding open positions.

Web Developer salaries start around $40,000 on the low end and can easily exceed $100,000 with the right combination of education and experience. The median pay rate is $87,000.

Computer Systems Analyst

As a Computer Systems Analyst, your skills at designing systems to improve efficiency and streamline processes will only continue to grow in value as competition among businesses heats up. Salaries are expected to increase

Computer Systems Analyst salaries range from approximately $55,000 to more than $165,000. The median pay rate is $69,000.

Information Security Analyst

We’re well into the digital age and the demand for comprehensive security technology and practices only continues to grow. Protecting networks and systems is an ongoing job with organizations of all sizes under the constant threat of cyber attacks.

As an Information Security Analyst, you can expect to earn between $45,000 and $135,000. The median pay rate is $69,000.

Software Developer

In the IT Field, few positions are as versatile as software development. With your skills in software design, integration, testing, and maintenance, you’ll be much in demand. As a Software Developer, you can expect to earn between $45,000 and $135,000. The median pay rate is $95,000.

Other fields with expected job growth include cloud technologies, unified communications, and online advertising technology (AdTech). Browse open IT positions or contact us to streamline your next career move.

7 Tips to Help You Land the Job of Your Dreams

Entering the job market can be intimidating at any stage of your career. Thanks to technological advancements in communication it’s now easier than ever to find the jobs you’re interested in and apply, without ever leaving the house.

How to stand out and get the job of your dreams
How to stand out and get the job of your dreams

But technology hasn’t just revolutionized the job market for the workforce; it’s also impacted companies and the hiring process as a whole. Employers have higher expectations now than ever for incoming candidates.

Whether you are working with a recruiter, or hunting on your own, follow these seven job search tips to prepare for your entry into the job market and ace your next interview:

1.) Refresh your resume
2.) Get clear on your deal breakers
3.) Know your worth
4.) Automate your job search
5.) Brush up on your interview skills
6.) Use keywords in your application
7.) Always research the company

Shake the Dust Off Your Resume
Whatever you do, don’t forget to update your resume with your latest skills, awards, and proficiencies. It’s also a good idea to check all the dates listed and revisit your formatting and font choice if you haven’t used your resume in a few years.

Ideally, once you’re done updating it your resume will look clean and organized, and dates will appear in chronological order. Make sure your contact information is current and easy to find. Bonus points for using a sans serif font that’s easy on the eyes.

The top half of the first page of your resume be enough to stand on it’s own – objective, contact info, certifications, accomplishment highlights.  When hiring managers are under the gun, sometimes that is all they can look at before deciding to put the resume aside, or read in depth.

Know Your Deal Breakers
Everyone has their own set of deal breakers when it comes to job opportunities. Some of the most common are salary, benefits, schedule, commuting distance and title. What’s important is that you know not only what you’re looking for but also what you aren’t looking for. That way you can more quickly decide which opportunities are worth pursuing and which you should probably avoid.

Research Your Value to Employers
Knowing what your skills are worth to employers is invaluable in assessing job postings (and later down the line, job offers). Identify titles you’re interested in and qualified for and then do a little research to determine average compensation and how your experience level and education stack up.

A recruiter in your field can go a long way in letting you know what the current market is for your skills, and typical recent offers.

Set Up Automatic Alerts for New Jobs
While it’s best to remain active in your job search, no matter how long it takes, it’s also handy to use the tools available. If you’re using platforms like Indeed or Monster, you can save your searches and set alerts, so you’ll be notified when a new job that matches your criteria is posted.

Practice Your Interview Skills
Of course, research most common interview questions for candidates in your field and practice your responses to both generic and technical questions. But don’t forget to also brush up on reading body language (and how mirroring it can benefit you).

Become an Application Jedi
Every resume and cover letter you send should be tweaked to fit the position you’re applying for as well as the particular company. By learning to pay attention to keywords in job postings, you can add an extra layer of customization and stand out to potential employers.  Job titles in IT can vary quite a bit for the same function, so it is important to relate your past experience to the current opportunity as closely as possible.

Prep for the Interview Every Time
Being contacted for an interview can be exciting, but don’t get so caught up in the moment that you under prepare. Even if you’re more than qualified, remember the interview is like a sales call. You’re selling this company on why they should hire you and not someone else. And like a great sales person, you have to understand what they need before you can convince them you are the solution, so ask good questions.

Make sure that you research the position, the company, and if possible, the interviewer before you meet them. LinkedIn is great for finding out about both the company and the interviewer.

That way you can clearly articulate how you meet not only the job qualifications but also fit with their company culture and already understand their brand and values.

For the most streamlined job search, work with the professionals like the team at CopperTree Staffing. Get more job search tips, info on employment trends, and find out what employers are looking for on our blog.