Skilled IT professionals top the list of candidates sought by corporations today, but it turns out they’re also some of the hardest positions to fill. According to the July 2012 Dice Report, hiring managers and recruiters cite certain positions twice or even triple the times of other positions as the toughest to fill with appropriate candidates. Java developer tops the list, followed by mobile developers, .NET developers and software developers.
In most cases, these jobs require a bachelor’s degree and in many cases even a master’s degree. Further, companies seek candidates with at least three years’ work experience along with a history of accomplishments and examples of how your knowledge and expertise has influenced your employer.
Life Moves Pretty Fast. So Does the Tech World.
The onus to stay informed is therefore firmly placed on the individual and in the rapidly changing market of IT, there is always more to learn. Technology evolves on a monthly, weekly basis. What you learned yesterday will have changed today.
Yet, if you can acquire the right skill set and expertise, there is no lack of job opportunities. Whereas the national U.S. unemployment rate is 8.2%, the unemployment rate for technology professionals hovers around just 3.5%. And the outlook is even brighter. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities in software development are growing twice as fast as the projected national growth rate of employment. Related positions in computer sciences and information technology have a similar projected rapid growth rate and will often pay a median salary anywhere from $90,000 to $100,000.
How Do You Crack the Market? Earn the Skills.
Some institutions are taking the time to investigate the need on the market and adapt their programs accordingly. At Regis University College for Professional Studies (CPS), we offer three undergraduate programs accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org: B.S. in Computer Information Systems, B.S. in Computer Networking and B.S. in Computer Science. ABET reviews the technical and professional skills taught through these academic programs to ensure they meet the standards required by employers in today’s marketplace.
On the graduate level, if you’re simply looking to update your current skill set, there are a number of graduate certificates available, including Enterprise Java Software Development and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) utilizing SAP software, the latter of which prepares you for the challenging TERP10 exam and provides access to the worldwide and exclusive SAP University Alliances Community Network.
The M.S. in Software Engineering teaches students Java, as well as other in-demand programming languages like C++ and C#. According to Dr. Douglas Hart, Professor and Chair of the Information Technology Department at CPS, “Many of my colleagues and I expect to see increased use of Java, Objective-C, and C# in the future. The reason is that these are the languages that are used to program Android phones and tablets, iOS/Apple iPhones and iPads, and the soon to released Windows mobile devices.”
In other words, these are the languages of the future.
Hiring Employers Await. Are You Ready?
Whether you are seeking a degree or a certificate, CPS offers opportunities for hands-on experience to simulate a real work environment, ensuring that students leave our programs with enough practical knowledge to fit right into this vibrate IT job market. In fact, Dr. Hart often receives requests from companies in the area to pluck students for a variety of projects while still in school.
Check out our video of Jesus Borrego, one of our affiliate faculty members. Jesus explains in more detail how he teaches and works with our students to provide them with the hands-on experience and skill set that they can then take into practice at their current or future employer; the perfect stepping-stone to lucrative career advancement.