Daniel Greenspan is an enterprise training consultant and the founder of ITCareerFinder. Over fifteen years of collaboration with IT professionals, world-class trainers and technology executives has given him a unique perspective into the IT job market and the skills and credentials that technologists need to succeed.

Escalating Cyber Attacks Spark IT Security Job Growth

An increase in high-profile cyber security breaches is driving new and emerging opportunities in the IT job market. This article presents a look at noteworthy attacks and the in-demand skills and cyber security job roles employers must fill to combat future threats.

Cyber Security Job Market

Despite recent advancements in cyber security infrastructure and technologies, the frequency and severity of high-profile attacks is on the rise. A January 2013 attack on the U.S. Energy Department is the latest in a string of malicious technological assaults targeting The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and social media giant, Twitter. During the last several years, governments and corporations alike have seen critical digital defenses circumvented by sport-hackers, political dissidents and technologically-inclined malcontents. These attacks and thousands of others have reinforced the demand for a competent cadre of next-generation IT security specialists.

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Highest Paying IT College Majors

New workforce studies indicate the best computer majors by salary.

Best Computer College Majors 2013

I'm always analyzing employment studies and talking with technology executives about the IT skills and certifications they’re looking for in new hires. In addition to experience and credentials, education is a key factor in landing your dream job. In this article we’re going back to school for a look at the best paying IT majors of study.

The January 2013 salary survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), which tracks college graduates’ job offers, and a recent Georgetown University study based on employment data from the U.S. Census Bureau, independently verified that Computer Science (CS), Computer Engineering (CE) and Computer Information Systems (CIS) graduates earn the highest starting salaries of all technology majors.

Here's a breakdown of the top 3 best paying IT majors:

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IT Salaries 2013: Top 10 Jobs Earning the Biggest Raises

The new IT Salary Guide from technical staffing leader Robert Half Technology indicates the IT professionals who will enjoy the biggest pay raises in 2013.

IT Salaries 2013

The information technology job market will experience a 5.3% uptick in starting IT salaries in 2013, dwarfing the 2.9% average raise for all American workers. A clear skills gap in high-demand positions is the driving factor in IT salary hikes; cutting-edge fields like mobile app development, wireless networking and big data analytics currently have more job openings than qualified professionals to fill them.

Android and iOS application developers will score the biggest raise from 2012 to 2013, with a 9% increase in starting salaries, followed closely by network engineers and data scientists.

Here are the 10 IT job roles getting the biggest pay hikes in 2013:

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IT Positions Getting the Biggest Raises in 2014

These IT careers will score the biggest year-over-year pay bump from 2013 to 2014.

IT Pay Raises 2014

Technical staffing firm, Robert Half Technology, just released its 2014 Salary Guide, featuring historical and projected earnings for this year’s hottest IT job roles. The average raise for all IT professionals in 2014 is 5.6%, up slightly from 5.3% last year. Information technology wage hikes will once again trump all other employment sectors, which clock in at a 3.7% average raise.

Here are the IT jobs that will get the biggest raises in 2014:

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Top 10 IT Skills In Demand for 2013

Tech executives identify the hottest IT skill sets for 2013 in a new Computerworld survey.

Hot IT Skills 2013

IT executives share their hiring plans for 2013 in Computerworld's annual IT Forecast. Over 33% of the 334 IT decision-makers surveyed plan to take on new talent in 2013 - up from 29% in last year's survey and 23% in 2010. 2013 heralds an exciting time in IT employment, as the skill sets in the greatest demand are those that focus on the development, integration and management of new technologies and innovations to grow the business.

Here are this year's most sought-after IT skill sets:

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Infographic: 2012 IT Salary Survey & Jobs Report

Earlier this week, Global Knowledge and TechRepublic published their highly anticipated 2012 IT Salary and Skills Report. Over 9,500 IT professionals completed this year's salary survey and questionnaire. Explore this infographic for the 2012 salary report's key findings, including wage comparisons by IT certification, job function, education, industry and geographic region.

2012 IT Salaries Infographic

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Infographic: PHP vs. Python vs. Ruby | Programming Language Wars

PHP, Python and Ruby are three of today's most popular, versatile & marketable computer programming languages, powering mega-sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google.

Which language should you learn to land your next job? Which code is the best fit for your next project? Determine which of these red-hot programming languages reigns supreme in this comprehensive side-by-side comparison from acclaimed video education portal, Udemy.com.

computer programming infographic

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Did You Know? Video Edition 3.0 (Official)

Takeaway: This video provides an eye-opening look at the rapid progression of technology and social media in the global Age of Information.

Some of you will already be familiar with the "Did You Know?" video. The video - which you can watch right now below - began as a PowerPoint slideshow by Colorado middle school math teacher, Karl Fisch. Karl debuted the original presentation at a 2006 faculty meeting to fuel discussion with fellow teachers on how to prepare students for success in the technology-driven 21st century. This is the latest version, updated most recently in 2018.

If video does not load above, watch it on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwtS6Jy3ll8.

I'm a huge fan of this video. I even used Did You Know? in a corporate seminar series about the speed of technology and the value of lifelong learning for a popular computer training firm. From executives and department heads to apprentice technicians and civilians, this thought-provoking video never failed to elicit ideas and interesting discussion. I hope it does the same for you. Enjoy!

Bonus: Did You Know? is the most comprehensive video, however there are some specialized versions, such as Did You Know? 4.0 which was created for The Economist magazine and highlights media convergence trends. Explore more releases on YouTube by searching "did you know" and "shift happens."

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