IT jobs at a new high for recent years, though limitations remain

April 11, 2014

For the past few years, IT jobs have been one of the strongest sectors of the overall economy, employing millions of people. The latest results further back up that information, though there are still limitations in the market.

According to ZDNet, a recent release from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that unemployment in the IT industry has dropped to a lowly 2.7 percent, which is four full points below the current average of 6.7 percent. This information, from the first quarter of 2014, shows a drop of nearly one percent from the previous year. However, it still has a ways to go before it achieves the all-time low from the second quarter of 2007, which stood at only 1.8 percent.

Consulting has been noted to be one of the strongest ways for IT professionals to find work. Tech consulting has been setting records in workforce size, weekly hours worked and hourly earnings, and even then may have more demand than they can reasonably fill. In the first quarter of the year, tech consulting alone led to the addition of more than 17,000 new jobs. Other strong corners of growth were in computer systems design. Data centers and computer manufacturing have lost jobs in respect. 

Still problems with cloud
Cloud Computing News added that despite this growth, there are still major problems in some corners of the IT market. In the UK, it was noted that nearly 90 percent of government workers needed training before they could properly harness cloud computing, while 75 percent believed the cloud's benefits were a mystery completely. This means there's work left to do and new potential positions left over for cloud experts.

Another 51 percent of those surveyed said they didn't think their respective departments had enough technical skills to move to the cloud in full, while another 54 percent thought they'd only need project management skills to do so.

This comes after cloud computing has been seen as one of the most lucrative skills in today's IT job market. Multiple surveys have found it has recently become the main priority for increasing IT investment.

As many as 1.7 million cloud-related jobs weren't filled as of January 2013 as well. While some of these jobs have undoubtedly been filled in the meantime, there's still a notable gap in the industry. More concerns for cloud figures are only expected to further increase spending in the near future.