Local Tech Wire

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The number of available information technology jobs in North Carolina continues to grow.

New figures from , and the show that the average number of daily job listings hit 2,740 in April.

That’s a jump of more than 500 from March and more than a thousand higher than in February.

A year ago, the daily average had shrunk to 1,140 from 3,690 in April 2008 before the recession took real hold on the nation’s economy.

The 23.4 percent surge in openings led the IT Job Trends report authors to declare “another strong month of growth.”

“With the most recent gain, the IT job market has returned to levels last seen in the fall of 2008,” they noted.

Some 600 jobs were available on average in Raleigh and 900 in Charlotte, the report said.

Nationally, IT openings climbed to 111,000, or 8.4 percent higher than March.

Financial services, high-tech and IT services all need more workers, the report said. The only sector to show a decline in April was defense.

Jobs in most demand were for systems engineering and support.

Job breakdown by category (April 2009 demand in parenthesis):

• Systems engineering/support, 740 (520)

• IT management, 550 (520)

• IT architects/consultants, 430 (80)

• Software development, 490 (150)

• IT sales and marketing, 190 (60)

• Systems administration, 150 (150)

• Business/process design, 70 (60)

• Hardware engineering, 40 (10)

• Training/tech writing, 20 (10)

• Misc., 60 (50)
 

Top 15 needed skills (April 2009 total in parenthesis):

• Java, 420 (110)

• Business analysis, 410 (110)

• Oracle DBMS, 380 (120)

• SQL, 340 (150)

• Unix, 340 (140)

• Large system technologies, 340 (70)

• Windows OS, 300 (350)

• Microsoft SQL Server, 240 (80)

• Linux, 240 (70)

• C++/VC++, 210 (120)

• SAP, 130 (50)

• A+, 130 (10)

• Web services, 130 940)

• Mainframe, 130 (30)

• XML, 120 (80)

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