IT salaries expected to increase dramatically in 2012

Mobile media is creating a demand for professionals who can help companies beef up their mobile presence.

That’s creating more information technology jobs, according to a 2012 salary guide from Robert Half Technology.

Companies also want access to increasing amounts of data, more secure networks and ways to grow online collaboration, the report said.

“The demand for professionals who can help companies take advantage of new technologies, such as mobile media or popular collaboration tools, is outpacing the supply in some cases,” said John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology. “This has resulted in higher starting salaries within certain specialty areas.”

Salaries are higher for these positions, Reed said.

Continued growth of smartphones and tablets is heightening the demand for individuals with experience creating and organizing content for the small screen. Starting salaries for mobile app developers are expected to rise 9.1 percent above 1010 levels to a range of $85,000 to $122,500.

Business intelligence analysts – people who can gather information and highlight what’s relevant to company’s goals – will see a 6.3 percent increase in starting salaries to a range of $87,750 to $123,500.

Cyber security is of growing importance to companies – particularly the banking and health care industries. Data security analysts are expected to see an increase of 6 percent in their salaries to a range of $89,000 to $121,500.

Software developers, especially those with SharePoint and NET experience will be in high demand as companies increase their use of social media to facilitate collaboration and online learning. Salary ranges for developers is expected to be $70,000 to $111,000,