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Entry-Level It Jobs Will Be Plentiful in 2012, Experts Predict


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A shortage of IT workers is likely to drive up salaries for entry-level workers in 2012, experts say.

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There is a shortage of information technology (IT) workers in 18 states and Washington, DC, with the biggest gap between job postings and recent graduates in California, New Jersey, Texas, and New York, according to Dice.com. The shortage will probably drive entry-level IT salaries up in 2012, according to industry experts.

"Entry-level workers don't need previous experience because they'll be trained on-the-job in the first few weeks," says Randstad Technologies' Elizabeth Sias. She says there is a strong demand for application developers for smartphones and social media. "You don't have to have years and years of experience developing apps for smartphones or social media, because they've only been out and really popular for a few years," Sias notes.

CIOs also will be looking for entry-level workers with communications and business skills who can manage IT service providers and who can link the IT department and business operations. "We see organizations not just hiring computer science majors, but hiring people who have a business or even arts background who can work in these roles and can be trained in the tech aspects of the jobs," says Gartner's Lily Mok. Another field that holds opportunities for recent college graduates is business analytics.

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