Microsoft .NET Developers in Short Supply: Dice Report
Dice research indicates tech professionals who regularly develop for .NET earn about $83,000 a year.According to research from Web-based IT hiring specialist Dice.com, there's a shortage of talent for a particular skill in every geographic section of the United States and if novices are looking to break into the tech industry, it's also an accessible entry point. It's the technology that the site's Managing Director Alice Hill said developers "love to hate"-Microsoft's .NET. Part of the gap between supply and demand is that technology workers are concerned that if they specialize in .NET application development, they will not be able to easily branch out to other platforms, Hill said. Another worry among technology professionals is the money gap. Dice research indicates tech professionals who regularly develop for .NET earn about $83,000 a year, compared with more than $91,000 for those specializing in Java.
"More than 10 years into .NET, it's safe to say tech professionals will not be pigeonholed. Likewise, demand is there-one of the most frequent refrains we hear from clients is distress in trying to find .NET talent and they've posted more than 10,000 positions requesting .NET experience," Hill wrote on the company's blog. "That job count is up more than 25 percent as compared to last year, faster growth than total jobs posted on Dice. If demand continues to outstrip supply, wages will adjust."