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15 Hottest IT Jobs for 2016

If you're thinking about switching jobs next year, here's a guide to the IT jobs that are poised to earn the biggest salary increases in 2016. If you're a CIO or an IT leader and you're planning on doing any IT hiring in 2016, you'll want to factor this information into your budget plans.
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Are you hoping to snag one of the hottest IT jobs in the US in 2016? You've come to the right place.

Salaries are rising throughout the US economy, but the biggest salary growth is in IT. While average annual salaries of all the professional fields Robert Half studied are expected to rise 4.1% in 2016 compared with 2015, Robert Half estimates that the average salaries for IT pros increase 5.3% in the same time period. A lot of IT jobs are going to do much better than that, with some poised to see average salary increases of as much as 9% next year.

So, which IT jobs are the hottest?

Using Robert Half Technology's 2016 Salary Guide, we've identified 15 IT jobs where the average salary increases in the US are poised to outpace the rest of the IT field. Robert Half gets its salary data from thousands of job searches, negotiations, and placements done by its recruiting and staffing offices, as well as from its local offices. The guide also included a survey of more than 1,000 professionals across multiple fields.

[Stop! Don't take that new job until you get these questions answered.]

Not surprisingly, some of the hottest IT jobs have to do with big data and analytics. What is surprising is that there's only one security job on the list. There are some surprises. Check out the list to see how your IT job stacks up. Even if you aren't worried about your raise for 2016, one of the best ways to stay employed is to stay employed in the hottest IT jobs.

We're counting these jobs down from warm (an average 6.1% salary increase) to smoking hot (a whopping 9% salary increase) Don't see your job on the list? Check out the full list here and see how you are doing. Then tell us if you agree with Robert Half Technology's hotlist in the comments section below.

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10/12/2015 | 12:58:56 PM
Re: Why is it that the Jobs lowest on the list pay better than Wireless Engineering
@Ronj438- The data is in the report that was linked to. But basically it is based on survey data for rising salaries. Of course, rising salaries are only one way to look at hot jobs. it is possible wireless engineers were just vastly underpaid and there is a correction. 

Either way, gross pay is no correlation to "hot" either because CIOs are always paid the most, but it doesn't mean the job is growing or hot or any other adjective. It jsut makes them the boss.

I picked rising salary as one potential way to see something as growing in demand. Your metric may be just as good or better for your particular job search.
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David Wagner,
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10/12/2015 | 12:54:06 PM
Re: Again, QA is missing
@moarsauce- Well, not in terms of salary increases. That isn't the only way to see what a hot job is, of course. But yes, I think the truth is that we're not doing enough with QA anymore. i think the mobile app cycle has a lot to do with that. People are willing to accept constant updates to products these days and less than perfect products from the start. 

And personally, i'm OK with that except in mission critical apps and video games. I am annoyed with hot buggy new video games have been recently. 
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David Wagner,
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10/6/2015 | 1:40:43 PM
Re: The 15
@jastroff- True, but I'm surprised how few other security roles have made it in. Gartner predicted this week at the CIO symposium that IT spending on security would go from 10% of budget to 20% in the next 5 years.

the money is clearly not goign to people, at least not people inside the enterprise.
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