IT job market is tops with high pay, low unemployment

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Information Technology jobs continue to be among the hottest career fields in the state and in the Springs.

People who love creating software, managing information systems and keeping hackers away from invading computer systems, have one of the lowest unemployment rates of any profession, said a local high tech jobs expert.

“It’s definitely a growing field,” said Jason Moyes, Colorado Springs division director at Robert Half Technology, a national staffing agency focused on IT professionals. “IT came back quicker after the downturn. Right now, we are seeing as low as 3.6 percent unemployment for some of these professionals.”

The Colorado Workforce Center lists computer software engineers and systems software among its top jobs in the state with reported annual wage of $81,470. Computer science and computer and network systems analysts top every major list from fastest growing occupation to best jobs in America, according to the University of Colorado.

While the national unemployment rate stands at roughly 8.5 percent, the unemployment rate for many of the IT positions is less than half the national average. For example, the unemployment rate for computer network architects is 0.5 percent and 3.6 percent for web developers.

Already, demand for IT jobs is up in the first quarter of 2012 over the last quarter of 2011, Moyes said.

“Areas we see growth in are, software programmers, website programmers and network specialists,” he said. “We are constantly recruiting for these skills sets.”

His advice to job seekers is to network to find the jobs that might not be listed on job boards. For employers seeking IT professionals, Moyes said, they ought to have an accurate, detailed and compelling job description.

“Why would a candidate want to work for this company?” Moyes said.

With IT jobs in hot demand, the jobs are for the job seekers’ taking, he said.

“What we are seeing is the unemployment of these highly skilled professionals, the numbers are very low,” he said. “It’s still a good career field to get into – your chances of being unemployed are slim.”