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IT Job Growth Stalls

Author: Pete Langlois/Thursday, October 23, 2014/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Technology

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After almost two years of uninhibited growth, IT hiring is beginning to slow. Following six consecutive months of strong IT job growth, there was a dramatic dip in August 2014. Only 3,700 IT jobs were added to U.S. payrolls last month according to Foote Partners.

In addition to the drop in new jobs, IT firms also reported employment cuts. Job cuts in the technology industry were at 48,402 in July 2014, compared to 28,883 at the same time in 2013 reports Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Even more attention getting are predictions that IT job creation within the technology sector will continue to decline over the next four years.

What does this mean for IT professionals?

For many, future employment will not be in the technology sector, but in other areas that are experiencing growth. Over the next five years, manufacturing, automotive, healthcare, and retail will all expand their demand for IT professionals. For job candidates, this means making sure you have the IT skills which support business growth including:

  • Programming/application development
  • Networking
  • Mobile applications and device management
  • Database Administration
  • Security Compliance
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics

It also means making sure that you have the “soft skills” required to work outside of the technology sector including:

Communication skills: Active listening, delivering presentations, and excellent writing capabilities.

Interpersonal skills: The ability to work in teams, build positive relationships, and manage conflict.

Problem-solving skills: Using creativity, reasoning, past experience, information, and available resources to resolve issues.

Project management skills: Organization, planning, and effectively implementing projects and tasks.

The next few years will be an interesting and exciting time for IT professionals. Growth outside of the IT sector will bring new opportunities for professional growth and learning.

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Pete Langlois is the Chief Sales Officer at GEE Group. His blog leverages his decades of experience in hiring, training and retaining top talent and covers trends and issues of interest to employers and job candidates alike.

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