Enterprise Applications: Tech Pro Salaries Increase, Enterprise Java Demanded: Dice
If you're a technology professional with considerable experience, 2012 could be your year for a significant salary bump or even a hefty bonus, according to new survey data from Dice, a Website for technology and engineering career information. The Dice Salary Survey, administered to 18,325 employed technology professionals between September and November 2011, suggests that salaries are on the rise in certain areas (Silicon Valley and Portland, Ore., top that list) and for certain skill sets (including WebLogic and JBoss proficiency). On top of that, more technology professionals are receiving bonuses, and those bonuses are larger. Among job categories enjoying gains, "the biggest ones we've seen for over a year now are in mobile and cloud," Alice Hill, managing director of Dice.com, told eWEEK. Management of data was also a gaining category, with companies needing business architects and other professionals to "make sense of the data coming from all different directions." Skills related to enterprise Java (such as WebSphere, in addition to the previously mentioned WebLogic and JBoss) led to higher-paying jobs, as well. In terms of cities, Portland and Seattle have seen a rise in the number of cloud-related companies coming online, while Austin, Texas, and other locales are becoming hubs for games and mobile-tech development. The industry verticals most likely to pay out bonuses to their workers included telecom, hardware, banking, software and utilities/energy. The survey data wasn't fantastic for all tech professionals, however: Those at entry level saw their salaries actually decline, even as those with considerable experience (11 years or more) enjoyed a rise in pay.