10 Hot IT Jobs for 2013

Gartner says worldwide IT spending will increase 3.8 percent in 2013 to reach $3.7 trillion, and that excitement for big data is leading the way. By 2015, the analyst and market research firm says, 4.4 million jobs will be created to support big data. And beyond big data the demand for IT employees keeps growing as well. According to Robert Half Technology, the pool of available talent continues to shrink, driving average salaries up as much as 9 percent from 2012. Here are 10 hot IT jobs predicted for 2013 and beyond.

Data Scientist

Data Scientist: Deemed “the sexiest job of the 21st century” by Harvard Business Review, data scientists bridge the gap between the skills of a statistician, a computer scientist and an MBA. Salaries vary from $110,000 to $140,000. Source: Network World

Database Administrator

Database Administrator: From 2010 to 2020, employment of database administrators is anticipated to grow by 31 percent. In 2013, salaries are expected to increase, on average, by 5.1 percent, topping out at $119,500. Source: Robert Half Technology

Network Architect

Network Architect: During this decade, the employment of network architects is expected to increase 22 percent, faster than the average for all occupations. In 2013, salary increases are predicted to be 7 percent higher than last year, topping out at $146,500. Source: Robert Half Technology

Application Developer

Application Developer: With an expected 6.5-percent increase next year, the salary of application developers can top out at around $114,500. Source: Robert Half Technology

Business Intelligence Analyst

Business Intelligence Analyst: With an expected 7.3 increase in salary in 2013, a business intelligence analyst could see his salary increase up to $132,500. Source: Robert Half Technology

Mobile Application Developer

Mobile Application Developer: With the largest expected increase in the technology field, mobile application developers could see their salaries increase up to $133,500 next year, an increase of 9 percent from 2012. Source: Robert Half Technology

Database Portal Administrator

Database Portal Administrator: Database portal administrators can expect a 7.5 percent increase on their salary in 2013, topping out at $114,500. Source: Robert Half Technology

Data Security Analyst

Data Security Analyst: With salaries capping out at $129,750, data security analysts can expect to see their salaries increase by 6.8 percent, on average over the next year. Source: Robert Half Technology

Software Engineer

Software Engineer: Software engineers could see their salaries grow by 6.8 percent in 2013, topping out at $127,750. Source: Robert Half Technology

Systems Analyst

Systems Analyst: Systems analysts could see their salaries increase by 5.9 percent, capping out at $103,500. Source: Robert Half Technology

With IT further infiltrating the enterprise, here are 10 positions that are growing in stature—and pay.

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