Finally, after months of dismal news the job picture is brightening in the high tech sector.

More information technology jobs were available in April across North Carolina – and that’s no joke.

The new IT Job Trends report from the North Carolina Technology Association shows that the daily advertised average of IT jobs increased 2.6 percent. Says the report: “Labor demand bottom out earlier this year.”

And if the canary-in-the-coal-mine indicator of more sales jobs indicating confidence that companies are going to be selling more, then that bird sang a bit louder last month.

The daily average of sales and marketing jobs increased to 250 from 230, according to data provided by talent management firm SkillProof.

Demand for programmers with Java skills also improved.

Unfortunately, so did the number of “offshore coordination” of jobs companies maintain or are moving away from the U.S.

And the future is looking more promising for job seekers.

“The next months could bring more positive change as the IT job market begins to catch up with the general job market,” the report says. “General labor demand in North Carolina has improved faster than the IT job market over the past three months and already exceeds the level of last year.”

Here are the openings by category and skillset:

  • IT Job Opening Estimates by Category (average daily job postings)

Apr 14 (Apr 13 in parenthesis) 

  • Total IT Job Market 3,110 (3,960)
  • Systems Eng./Support 820 (950)
  • IT Management 620 (780)
  • IT Architects/Consultants 410 (720)
  • Software Development 390 (680)
  • IT Sales and Marketing 250 (230)
  • Hardware Engineering 230 (270)
  • Systems Administration 160 (110)
  • Business/Process Design 150 (110)
  • Training/Tech Writing 40 (30)
  • Misc.IT Job Categories 40 (80)
  • Top 15 Needed Skills Job Openings

Average daily job postings Apr 14 (Apr 13 in parenthesis) 

  • SQL 450 (600)
  • Java 410 (540)
  • Windows OS 400 (470)
  • Business Analysis 330 (530)
  • Large system technologies 290 (380)
  • Linux 280 (440)
  • JavaScript 280 (130)
  • Unix 270 (370)
  • Oracle DBMS 260 (490)
  • C++/VC++ 240 (530)
  • ITIL 210 (150)
  • PMP Certification 200 (110)
  • Offshore team coordination 200 (140)
  • Web Services 200 (250)
  • XML 200 (210)

Unfortunately, North Carolina’s improvement lagged the national improvement of 7.3 percent.

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December 2007
year with IT job openings now on the rise. The next months could
bring more positive change as the IT job market begins to catch up
with the general job market. General labor demand in North
Carolina has improved faster than the IT job market over the past
three months and already exceeds the level of last year.

Labor demand from important technology sectors improved.
Employers in HiTech, IT Services and Defense increased their
number of posted job opportunities. Only in the Banking and
Financial Services sector the job openings declined slightly. The
need for professionals in Systems Engineering / Support as well as
IT Sales and Marketing contributed most to the gains in April.

The national IT job market grew 7.3% in April.

Table 1: IT Job Openings, North Carolina (average daily job postings)
Apr 14 Mar 14 Feb 14 Apr 13 Apr 12
3,110 3,030 2,980 3,960 5,510