The number of information technology jobs advertised across North Carolina fell 5.4 percent in November.

The new “IT Job Trends” report from the N.C. Technology Association, SkillProof and Tek Systems says an average of 4,010 jobs were advertised last month compared to 4,240 in both October and September.

IT job openings increased steadily this year, hitting a peak of some 4,500 in July.

However, the November openings total is still more than double the 1,770 advertised in November of last year. In November 2008, an average of 2,010 jobs were posted.

Job openings actually increased in the Raleigh metro area by 9.4 percent last month, but that increase was offset by a 17.2 percent drop in Charlotte.

Nationally, IT openings increased by 1.9 percent.

The most needed skill set in November was in systems engineering and support with 1,090 openings, up from 530 a year ago.

Openings by category (2009 total in parenthesis):

  • IT architects/consultants: 670 (280)
  • Software development: 610 (380)
  • IT management: 540 (190)
  • IT sales and marketing: 480 (110)
  • Systems administration: 180 (80)
  • Hardware engineering: 150 (60)
  • Business/process design: 140 (40)
  • Training/tech writing: 130 (30)
  • Misc. categories: 40 (80)

Job categories by demand with 2009 total in parenthesis:Job categories by demand with 2009 total in parenthesis:

  • Windows OS: 750 (290)
  • Oracle DBMS: 670 (250)
  • C++/V++: 500 (200)
  • Java: 480 (260)
  • SQL: 460 (300)
  • Unix: 440 (200)
  • Linux: 420 (170)
  • Business Analysis: 420 (130)
  • Large systems tech: 370 (150)
  • SAP: 290 (100)
  • Virtualization: 290 (40)
  • Perl: 280 (100)
  • Information assurance: 260 (60)
  • Microsoft SQL Server: 220 (140)

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