Programmer/Analyst Most in Demand

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2002-06-10 Print this article Print

For the third month in a row, application programmer/analyst was the most popular job title posted last month on IT job board

For the third month in a row, application programmer/analyst was the most popular job title posted last month on IT job board There were 5,389 application programmer/analyst jobs listed as of May 31, according to Dice Inc.s monthly Dice Report. Top technical skills listed in ads were: C++, at 5,876 listings; Oracle, at 4,354; SQL software, at 4,171; Java, at 3,518; and Windows NT, at 3,188.
Offsetting the good news for programmer/analysts was bad news for hardware engineers, as job postings dipped 9 percent below the April level for this position.
The top metropolitan areas in which to search for technical positions were Silicon Valley, with 6,403 listings; New York, with 4,724; Los Angeles, with 2,668; Washington, with 2,001; and Philadelphia, with 1,308. Washingtons May number reflects an 18 percent increase over that areas number of listings for the month of April. Dice listed a total of 31,245 technical jobs. The average salary listed was $65,700, with con-tractor worker positions listing an average salary of $95,300 and permanent positions listing sala-ries that averaged $61,800. There were 21,528 permanent positions listed and 12,969 contract posi-tions. The gender gap in salaries reported by respondents to a Dice survey was $8,600, with men reporting an average salary of $67,300 and women reporting an average salary of $58,700. Finally, the award for the sleeper position of the month goes to technical jobs in the phar-maceutical industry, which accounted for 1,210 job listings in May.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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