More than halfway through 2007, the demand for IT managers of all kinds continues to exceed supply. And this trend figures to persist well into 2008.
Not surprisingly, managers with extensive experience implementing and maintaining vendor-specific applications and operating systems such as Microsoft .NET, and pretty much anything related to SAP, are seeing their salaries rise well above the industry average, employment industry experts say.
And while there are plenty of jobs out there for experienced techies, CIOs today are most enamored of IT managers who also appreciate and understand the bottom-line dynamics that drive any and all IT decisions.
"Unlike two or three years ago, the market is much more employee-driven," says Jon Estes, vice president at Robert Half Technology, an IT staffing and recruiting firm. "But employers are asking for technologists who have good business ideas and understand how what they're doing affects the bottom line."
In consultation with Robert Half Technology and IT workforce research firm Foote Partners, Baseline has compiled a list of the 8 Hottest IT Management Jobs today and into 2008. Salary figures were primarily provided by Foote Partners, with contributions from Salary.com.
For the purposes of this list, "hot" IT management jobs are defined by how in-demand these positions are today and for 2008 at large and midsize companies. It's important to note that technology management titles vary considerably from company to company and region to region. One organization's administrator might be another's director or vice president.
The compilation is also a reflection of how large enterprise customers are dealing with the emergence of Web-based applications and security issues as well as the age-old problem of effectively gathering, integrating and managing disparate systems across multiple platforms.
Here's the list: