Improving economy means opportunities in IT

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According to the recently released Robert Half Technology Salary Guide 2011, IT hiring may be poised for a rebound in the coming year. In the wake of the recession, business leaders will continue to approach their personnel investments cautiously, but opportunities -- and compensation -- should increase for job seekers who have the right skills. People who can help companies grow while becoming more efficient are likely to be in highest demand.

The annual guide outlines the roles and capabilities that will be in greatest demand in the coming year, as well as salary ranges for a wide variety of IT positions. It's based on exclusive research on hiring trends, as well as the thousands of project and full-time placements made by Robert Half Technology professionals across the U.S.

Skills in high demand

The hard-learned lessons of the downturn have compelled companies to focus on projects that deliver a high return on investment, as well as those that help them better manage their assets.

The resumption of postponed projects, combined with the need to execute new initiatives, will drive demand for application developers, .Net developers, systems administrators, database administrators and desktop support professionals.

Hot jobs will vary across regions and industries, but demand for the following skills is projected to be high in 2011:

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