RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Information technology job seekers have plenty of opportunities to get hired, according to a new IT job trends report from the North Carolina Technology Association.

Despite the weakening economy, N.C.-based firms had 3,970 IT job openings in December. Positions range from systems engineering and software development to training and technical writers.

The data, which was compiled by SkillPROOF, is part of a new monthly data offering NCTA will make available to its more than 400 members.

December’s job total rose slightly from the 3,910 and 3,840 openings in November and October respectively. However, the economy has slowed enough that the job market is down from 4,410 openings in December of 2006.

Here are the hottest job categories and openings:

• Systems engineers/support: 1,180

• Software development: 630

• IT architects/consultants: 580

• IT management: 570

• IT sales and marketing: 310

• Systems administration: 240

• Hardware engineering: 220

• Business/process design: 110

• Training/Tech writing: 70

If you have SQL skills, that’s the highest demand by specialty. Next are Unix, Windows, Java, business analysis, Linux and C++/VC++.

For more information, check out NCTA’s Web site.

Happy hunting!