Project management and database administration positions are two of the toughest positions to fill right now, according to the September 2006 report from Dice.com, a New York-based job site for IT professionals.
Fifty-six percent of respondents in the reports poll agreed that project management and database administrators were hard to come by, citing difficulties finding qualified people with enough experience.
Others noted that these jobs were "thankless" and offered few avenues for promotion.
The results were folded into Dices monthly snapshot of the technology job market based on listings on its site, released September 14.
The report also found that the Silicon Valley job market continued to heat up in August, when for the first time in over three years, it came in number two for the most available technology jobs.
Silicon Valley had 32.7 percent more available jobs listed in August 2006 than in the same period last year.
Only the Dallas metropolitan area showed stronger growth than Silicon Valley, with job postings for the area rising 33.3 percent from the year prior.
New York and New Jersey remained in first place with the most available IT jobs, where they have resided since May 2005, with 11,665 jobs open, followed by Silicon Valley (8,884 jobs), Washington D.C. (8,657), Los Angeles (5,629) and Chicago (3,878).
Among skills, demand for Linux skills showed the greatest growth over the year before (up 65.4 percent), C and C++ (up 56.8 percent) and SQL Server (up 48.1 percent).
Windows and Unix operating skills were neck and neck, with nearly 15,000 job listings requesting related experience.
The jobs most in demand for individuals with active U.S. government security clearances were systems engineers, security and network managers and Java/J2EE software knowledge.
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