Job Openings in Technology Rose in September, Report Says
The economy is on a slow growth path in 2010, but online demand for technical workers saw a sharp increase in September. Systems engineering and Web development are hot fields right now, according to research by The Conference Board.Online job vacancies rose by nearly 60,000 open positions in September, according to data measured monthly by The Conference Board, a nonprofit business research organization. Since June 2009, online job vacancies have expanded by 1 million positions-an increase of 30 percent. In September, technology saw the most job-vacancy gain of any industry, with 15,200 newly advertised job opportunities. Technology workers have not seen this much demand since September 2008, said the report. Here are some of key details:
"Computer and Mathematical Science occupations posted the largest September increase, up 15,200 to 587,900, offsetting the 14,000 loss in August. The increase was largely due to rising demand for computer software engineers (systems software) and web developers. [...] Demand for workers in this occupational category exceeds the number of unemployed looking for work by just over 3 to 1."
"In August [...] advertised vacancies for healthcare practitioners or technical occupations outnumbered the unemployed looking for work in this field by over 2 to 1, and the average wage in these occupations is $33.51/hour. [...] In sharp contrast, the average wage for healthcare support occupations is $12.84/hour and there were nearly 3 unemployed looking for work in the field for every advertised vacancy."