Careers Slideshow: Where the IT Jobs Are Now

By Thomas Hoffman  |  Posted 10-01-2009

Hot Skills: Data management, including business intelligence, data mining and data warehousing.

The IT discipline where demand and compensation have remained steadiest.

Hot Skills: Data management, including business intelligence, data mining and data warehousing.

Hot Skills: Security.

Demand for network security skills has risen as organizations conduct more business online, fueling additional investments to prevent breaches and exposure.

Hot Skills: Security.

Hot Skills: IT sourcing and vendor relationship management.

Still a specialized area, but, there's growing demand for people with a blend of procurement, billing, skills and IT services experience.

Hot Skills: IT sourcing and vendor relationship management.

Hot Skills: Networking and wireless.

As wireless networks become more pervasive in both public and corporate settings, that's driving heightened demand for technicians with experience in network throughput and performance.

Hot Skills: Networking and wireless.

Hot Skills: Web development.

Demand continues to remain steady for .Net and J2ee development experience as organizations attempt to steer more sales—and lower-cost customer service—online.

Hot Skills: Web development.

Hot Skills: Quality management.

Organizations continue to drive quality programs but there's a relatively short supply of people with ITIL, CMM, Lean and Six Sigma skills in the market.

Hot Skills: Quality management.

Hot Industries: Education.

Opportunities and pay are on the rise at U.S. colleges and universities as the economic downturn fuels an increase in enrollment and growing demand for IT support.

Hot Industries: Education.

Hot Industries: Healthcare.

This recession-resistant sector is hiring more non-managerial IT staff, especially help desk professionals, as hospitals and clinics pump money into automation, e.g. electronic medical records systems.

Hot Industries: Healthcare.

Hot Industries: Energy.

IT hiring is steady across the board among oil and gas companies as revenues remain strong and companies invest in alternative energy programs.

Hot Industries: Energy.

Hot Industries:

Federal government. Stimulus spending and national programs such as Department of Defense initiatives has kept IT employment stable.

Hot Industries: