Application Development Boosts IT Job Market: Dice Report
Jobs connected to mobile applications is one of the fastest growing hiring requests on Dice.While the employment opportunities for technology professionals are certainly rosier than the overall job market for Americans, there are still certain skills higher in demand-particularly when it comes to mobile application development. A report from Dice.com, a career Website for technology and engineering professionals, found the overall available technology jobs as of Sept. 1 to number 82,836, with 50,659 full-time positions, 35,378 contract positions and 1,565 part-time positions. Alice Hill, managing director of Dice, said jobs connected to mobile applications is one of the fastest growing hiring requests on Dice, has the attention of every tech-hungry consumer in the country and, according to IT research firm Gartner, are projected to generate more than $15 billion in revenue this year. "Mobile applications are ubiquitous," Hill explained.
She said despite the industry's explosive growth, less than one-in-five (17 percent) technology professionals have published a mobile app. Of that group, just more than a quarter (27 percent) work on mobile initiatives full-time. And, interestingly there are definitive splits between those who live and breathe mobile development, as opposed to part-timers or hobbyist.
Dice is also going mobile, offering a job search application for the iPhone and for Android-based smartphones. With the Dice app, technology professionals can search more than 80,000 technology jobs using keywords and GPS location, apply to jobs by accessing resumes and cover letters from Dice accounts, share job opportunities with colleagues via email or save postings on the app, and learn about hiring trends and technology news.