Randstad recently released their top IT Jobs list for 2014 which included Big Data, Cloud, Mobile and Web positions based upon demand and compensation research.
#1 Mobile Application Developers
Mobile application development is an exploding hot job, earning it the top spot in Randstad’s 2014 IT Hot Jobs list. Downloads of applications to smart phones and tablets has grown 400 percent since 2009 to a total of 21 billion in 2013, making the demand for skilled mobile application development professionals skyrocket.
In a recent report, there were more than 80,000 mobile application development job openings, with nearly 13,000 job seekers. To put this in perspective that means there are more job openings for mobile app developers than there are people who live in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Mobile app developers generally have a degree in computer science and specialize in one or more programming languages, such as Java, Python, iOS, Google Android or Ruby on Rails. According to Randstad research, 93 percent of mobile application development candidates had at least a bachelor’s degree and over 40 percent have a post-graduate degree.
The median salary range for mobile application development jobs is estimated at $106,000, with the top quartile earning over $140,000 a year.
Strong demand from top employers coupled with a competitive salary make mobile application development the top IT job for 2014.
#2 Big Data and Cloud Computing Jobs
Big data and cloud computing also made this year’s hot job list. This IT career revolutionizing the way we do everything, from predicting the weather to buying airline tickets to listening to music on the go.
Cloud computing has also democratized big data. Now any enterprise can benefit from unstructured data—and on a huge scale. Gartner projects big data spending will more than double—to at least $55 billion—in the U.S. by 2016.The key feature of big data storage is that it can handle very large amounts of data, while scaling to keep up with growth.
The rush for cloud application developers has also caused a rush for cloud computing engineers. Currently, there are more than 100,000 of these IT jobs more available jobs than active candidates.
Median salaries for cloud computing and big data storage professionals are generally both over $100,000 depending on a variety of factors. Over 75 percent of candidates have at least a bachelor’s degree, most often in computer science or another technical field.
#3 Web Developer Jobs
Web development is an amazing IT job that allows professionals to be both creative and analytical. These developers get to build things that help other people consume content information. And, due to easy-to-use CMS systems, gone are the days when web developers spend most of their time updating static pages.
Today, web developers work complex internet applications, electronic businesses and social network services. They help integrate businesses’ properties and strategies across the internet and create great user experiences for prospects and customers.
There is a strong demand for web developers, with almost twice as many openings as there are candidates. With a strong median salary of about $80,000 a year and the top quartile reaching upwards of $120,000, web developers enjoy a rich career with good compensation.
The majority of web developers have at least a bachelor’s degree, with over 25 percent holding a master’s degree.