IT jobs will go up in number this year, but IT departments will have a harder time finding the right people with talent to fit those positions, according to the 2012 IT Salary Guide from sales and service cloud consulting firm Bluewolf.
The report pointedly reveals a widening talent gap as more baby boomers reach retirement age.
Specifically, the report also shows the biggest jumps in demand for mobile, data, cloud and user engagement technologists.
At the top of the employee food chain, CIOs and CSOs are seeing strong gains as well as business intelligence analysts, data architects, software and web developers, and security analysts.
Another handy feature that current and prospective IT employees might want to look over is the title subject matter of the report: average salaries depending on the job.
Most IT placements are in software development, and these employees earn $103,000 on average. IT technicians, executives, as well as security and quality assurance workers all find themselves with the smallest pieces of the pie at 5 percent each -- making between $68,000 and $155,000 annually.
The industries with the top IT placements are media/telecom, healthcare, retail, financial services, and high tech/software.
Issued annually for the past 11 years, Bluewolf asserts that its IT Salary Guide is used by companies and workers alike to identify emerging trends and opportunities in business and technology.
For a complete breakdown on salaries as well as advice about smarter staffing, the full report is available to download now.