6 Hot IT Jobs That Will Pay Well in 2012

By Meridith Levinson, CIO    Dec 2, 2011 6:33 am

Here are the six IT jobs that staffing experts say will be in greatest demand and will command the highest salaries in 2012. The best part: Many of these jobs are also serious fun.

1. Mobile Application Developers

IT professionals who can develop applications for mobile devices are hands down the hottest commodity in IT these days. IT staffing experts agree that this group will remain in this enviable position through 2012, as companies race to adapt their Websites and apps for smartphones and tablets.

Demand for mobile application developers is obvious on Dice.com, where job postings for Android and iPhone developers are up 129 and 190 percent, respectively, over last year, according to Hill.

The technology division of staffing firm Robert Half International projects starting salaries for mobile application developers to increase 9.1 percent in 2012, to a range of $85,000 to $122,500 per year.

Yoh’s Browning says salaries for mobile game developers range from $110,000 to $140,000 per year, but she notes, they tend to prefer to work as free agents. “On average, an Android developer can demand $70 per hour to $100 per hour on a contract,” she says.

Adds Hill, “It’s never a bad time to be a software developer, especially right now, and if you’re a mobile software developer, it’s your year.” Read more of this post

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