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15 Hottest IT Jobs for 2016

If you're thinking about switching jobs next year, here's a guide to the IT jobs that are poised to earn the biggest salary increases in 2016. If you're a CIO or an IT leader and you're planning on doing any IT hiring in 2016, you'll want to factor this information into your budget plans.
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Are you hoping to snag one of the hottest IT jobs in the US in 2016? You've come to the right place.

Salaries are rising throughout the US economy, but the biggest salary growth is in IT. While average annual salaries of all the professional fields Robert Half studied are expected to rise 4.1% in 2016 compared with 2015, Robert Half estimates that the average salaries for IT pros increase 5.3% in the same time period. A lot of IT jobs are going to do much better than that, with some poised to see average salary increases of as much as 9% next year.

So, which IT jobs are the hottest?

Using Robert Half Technology's 2016 Salary Guide, we've identified 15 IT jobs where the average salary increases in the US are poised to outpace the rest of the IT field. Robert Half gets its salary data from thousands of job searches, negotiations, and placements done by its recruiting and staffing offices, as well as from its local offices. The guide also included a survey of more than 1,000 professionals across multiple fields.

[Stop! Don't take that new job until you get these questions answered.]

Not surprisingly, some of the hottest IT jobs have to do with big data and analytics. What is surprising is that there's only one security job on the list. There are some surprises. Check out the list to see how your IT job stacks up. Even if you aren't worried about your raise for 2016, one of the best ways to stay employed is to stay employed in the hottest IT jobs.

We're counting these jobs down from warm (an average 6.1% salary increase) to smoking hot (a whopping 9% salary increase) Don't see your job on the list? Check out the full list here and see how you are doing. Then tell us if you agree with Robert Half Technology's hotlist in the comments section below.

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David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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10/12/2015 | 12:58:56 PM
Re: Why is it that the Jobs lowest on the list pay better than Wireless Engineering
@Ronj438- The data is in the report that was linked to. But basically it is based on survey data for rising salaries. Of course, rising salaries are only one way to look at hot jobs. it is possible wireless engineers were just vastly underpaid and there is a correction. 

Either way, gross pay is no correlation to "hot" either because CIOs are always paid the most, but it doesn't mean the job is growing or hot or any other adjective. It jsut makes them the boss.

I picked rising salary as one potential way to see something as growing in demand. Your metric may be just as good or better for your particular job search.
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David Wagner,
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10/12/2015 | 12:54:06 PM
Re: Again, QA is missing
@moarsauce- Well, not in terms of salary increases. That isn't the only way to see what a hot job is, of course. But yes, I think the truth is that we're not doing enough with QA anymore. i think the mobile app cycle has a lot to do with that. People are willing to accept constant updates to products these days and less than perfect products from the start. 

And personally, i'm OK with that except in mission critical apps and video games. I am annoyed with hot buggy new video games have been recently. 
moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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10/10/2015 | 7:57:59 AM
Re: The 15
Yes, CSO is up there, but most companies name a CSO and consider security to be done with. a CSO is often nothing more than just another figure head to take blame. Security and that being a subset of quality is something the entire organization needs to embrace and start favoring over features. Do companies really need a new manager for that?
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moarsauce123,
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10/10/2015 | 7:54:48 AM
Again, QA is missing
Does this list really mean that QA or related fields are not among the top 15 hottest jobs? With mediocre software and services, breaches all around there is nobody who sees quality as the key area to stem the tide? Alright, I guess we keep releasing untested stuff and have the junior developers deal with bug fixing later.
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10/9/2015 | 12:07:12 PM
Re: Why is it that the Jobs lowest on the list pay better than Wireless Engineering
I was surprise as a few of the other people here to see Wireless Engineering as the number one job for 2016. I would love to read the data that supports that conclusion. Also, if Wireless Engineering is indeed the hottest job for 2016 why is it that the salary range is not higher than those of the various developer jobs which have much higher salary ranges?
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Technocrati,
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10/6/2015 | 7:00:29 PM
Re: The 15

@jastroff   Great points, I agree it does seem like the "new frontier" is wireless but most companies from my view have not really upgraded in a significant way.  

Certainly not in the way it is  depicted in reports, to something so vital that it is the number one skill sought next year ?   

That is a pretty large claim, something that does not appear to be supported by real application.

 

But as you mention, who knows ?  Exactly. 

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jastroff,
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10/6/2015 | 5:58:51 PM
Re: The 15
@technocrati

>> I was really surprised to see what is considered the number one IT job for 2016.   Wireless Network Engineer ?  Really ?   Until that popped up, it was developing that was leading the way.

Funny, I thought the same thing -- Number 1 was out of place and a bit of a stumper. I considered it and concluded that they think that the Wireless world will win out over the corded world. True? Who knows.

I also didn't think that Mobile Applicatins Developer should be that high on the list, given the drop off in use of traditional apps and the increase in much more simple/cheaper text-based capabilities. 

 
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Technocrati,
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10/6/2015 | 4:55:08 PM
Re: The 15
@David   That's a good point, one would think if you were going to see a trend in job types/sectors then Security would have been the industry. This finding does not bode well for the ablity to thwart future of breeches in the world, but maybe the industry only intends to pay a select few on this front.

Either way it is a worrisome sign that businesses are still not serious about deterance and security overall.
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Technocrati,
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10/6/2015 | 4:45:03 PM
Re: The 15
I was really surprised to see what is considered the number one IT job for 2016.   Wireless Network Engineer ?  Really ?   Until that popped up, it was developing that was leading the way.
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jastroff,
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10/6/2015 | 1:43:27 PM
Re: The 15
>> True, but I'm surprised how few other security roles have made it in. 

Yes, I was going to comment on that. I guess they think that everyone works for the CSO...
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