Economic vitality bodes well for IT employment

March 9, 2015

The healthy state of the U.S. economy and the proliferation of digital technologies in workplaces around the globe have created a wide range of employment opportunities for tech workers. The advent of cloud computing, BYOD and a host of other innovations has boosted the demand for tech-savvy employees with a strong work ethic, a creative way of thinking and the ability to seamlessly transition a business into the new age of operations.

Healthcare facilities, educational institutions, political organizations and business entities of all kinds are in the market for IT managers. Meanwhile, the vast majority of economists and analysts project the U.S. economy to sustain its growth trajectory over the course of 2015. This should uphold the current strength of the IT field.

Tech sector employment on the rise
During the economic recession a few years back, James Jones of Portland, Oregon, had a hard time finding work, Marketplace reported. In 2009, he graduated from the prestigious Northwestern University with a degree in psychology and computer science. But the economy made it much more difficult to find a good job.

Yet as the country’s financial condition improved, he eventually landed a job as a technical solutions engineer at tech firm Puppet Labs.

“I was very satisfied [with the Puppet Labs offer],” Jones told the news outlet. “They were willing to work with me and make sure I was happy. Because I’m kind of a hobbyist; I actually like managing servers and getting a little nerdy at home – working in the field I love for a company I respect was the bigger focus for me than money alone.”

Jones’ story mirrors that of many others in the U.S. The news outlet noted that the employment market has recently improved for skilled IT worker and mid-career salaries can easily get to six figures.

Tech firm to add 100 jobs in Detroit
Tech employment opportunities are popping up in cities across the U.S. Now in the aftermath of its bankruptcy, Detroit is picking up some of the slack. CDK Global, a marketer for auto dealers and manufacturers, plans to bring on more than 100 tech workers in the city, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The publication noted that CDK embodies a hybrid of the auto industry and tech, two of downtown Detroit’s top sectors.

“We are the business behind the business for the automotive industry,” Jessica Steinberg, the director of employment brand and recruitment marketing for CDK, told the publication. “Detroit is the Motor City and we are the technology that drives the automotive industry.”