IT Jobs in Massachusetts – Perspectives for 2012

Posted on April 17, 2012 by Greg Corson
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Technology continues to transform job development across the country, impacting the rapid growth of some industries and occupations and the decline in importance of others. Using Boston’s New England BLS Information Office’s report as a tell tale, we see that Massachusetts’ high tech industry, as well as the accompanying occupations, are significant contributors to the overall high tech recruitment market and the Massachusetts economy.

Recent research published by www.Boston.com in collaboration with Monster identified the top 10 in-demand jobs across Massachusetts. Among jobs in retail, marketing, wholesale and manufacturing occupations, salespeople, or registered nurses, half of the open positions are Information Technology related. The top four are:

  1. Information Technology Project Managers – Number of openings: 1,291. Average Massachusetts salary: $134,380 Employers continually seek seasoned professionals with a high level of business acumen for Project Managers and Technical and non-technical Solution Architects to fill mission critical, often client facing positions. Project management professional certifications are among the top five certifications in demand with the globally recognized Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) certificationone of the most valuable additions to a project manager’s credentials to increase their marketability and earning potential.
  2. Computer System AnalystsNumber of openings: 1,799. Average Massachusetts salary: $88,710 Increased demand for computer system analysts is largely being driven by the healthcare industries fast paced push into electronic medical record systems. Read more about careers in Healthcare IT in our recent article on how IT Professionals Are Writing History in Healthcare IT.
  3. Computer Programmers – Number of openings: 2,594. Average Massachusetts salary: $90,620
    Computer programmers are an essential part of today’s economy across all industries. Despite outsourcing, the demand for on-site professional programmers remains high in tech-heavy Massachusetts. In addition to two to four years of work-related skills, related industry knowledge, or comparable business experience is always a big plus to a hiring manager. Educational qualifications such as a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in Computer Science or Information Technology are typically required. Eligible candidates must also have working experience with operating systems like  Linux, Unix, Windows, Mac, Apache, or Azure, and Programming Languages like  COBOL, PASCLE, C, C++, Java, VB (Visual Basic), .Net, C#, VB.net, or C#.net. 
  4. Software Application Developers Number of openings: 3,662. Average Massachusetts salary: $98,400
    Whether it is Android, HTML, Java or iOS apps, developers are and will continue to be in high demand across the state, as the demandfor mobile solutions increases. Read our article “IT Careers: Mobile Application Developer” to learn more about what it takes to be a mobile developer in today’s IT employment marketplace. Are you a developer looking for a job in Massachusetts? Here is a fresh list of companies hiring developers.

You can search and apply directly for career changing IT positions in Massachusetts and across New England at www.RelationalIT.com. It’s simple to register your resume for current projects. Our staffing consultants will contact you right away to assist you with your next career opportunity