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By Linda Gail Christie, M.A.
Networking tied with Internet/intranet development as the job category most in demand according to 1400 chief information officers surveyed for the semiannual RHI Consulting Hot Jobs Report.
"As firms develop and implement new online applications, they must ensure the security and stability of the networks on which information and data reside," said Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of RHI Consulting, a leading staffing service. "Therefore, as traffic on public networks increases, demand for both Internet development and networking experts will continue to grow."
According to the RHI "2001 Salary Guide," networking remains critical in company IT departments that continue to upgrade their infrastructures and expand bandwidth to meet internal and external communication requirements. "As voice and data communications converge, systems engineers, network architects, and telecommunications analysts will be highly marketable," Lee said.
Experienced help desk support professionals are also highly sought after. "As companies shift business processes online, technology is moving closer to the end user," Lee added. "This is fueling demand for those skilled in supporting and training internal and external customers. The hottest job titles in the technical support category include help desk analyst and manager, systems administrator, and technical trainer."
The study showed that the transportation (39%) and retail industries (29%) are seeing the greatest expansion within the networking category. In addition, it revealed that average starting salaries in the U.S. are expected to increase 8.4 percent over 2000 levels, in Canada 8.2 percent.
You can download a complete copy of the RHI "2001 Salary Guide" that provides salary ranges and other useful recruiting information-for both job seekers and employers--at http://www.rhic.com/, if you don't mind registering.