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Technology Degrees Offers High Job Potential

Degrees in technology fields captured seven of the Top 10 positions in a recent study by The Best Degrees. An MBA degree with a concentration in technology management offered the best overall job potential in the current economic environment, followed by a PhD in computer science, and a BS in software engineering.

Fourth and fifth in the rankings were an MA in education administration and a MS in geoscience. Bachelor's degrees in computer science, databases, and computer networks occupied sixth, seventh, and ninth place, respectively. Rounding out the Top 10 were a master's degree in operations research and a bachelor's degree in nursing.

The study set out to identify the best degrees for students seeking both strong job opportunities and high earnings. While most studies have concentrated solely on wage potential, this research also evaluated the volume of job seeker competition within each field along with a candidate's probability of securing a job offer following graduation.

"We found a strong demand for degrees in technology, computers, and healthcare," said Dee Barizo, editor of The Best Degrees. "We're excited to provide the information students need to make more informed choices in light of our shifting domestic and global economy."

Austin Scouts for Talent in Silicon Valley

Technology leaders from Austin, Texas, will be heading to California later this month to convince some of the region's top tech talent to make the journey from the Golden State to the Lone Star State.

The Austin Technology Council will hold two Top Talent events in San Francisco and Sunnyvale on 13-14 September. More than 30 Austin area technology CEOs will represent their companies live, talk with candidates, and ideally fill some of the many technology jobs currently open.

The events will be held Tuesday, 13 September from 6-8 p.m. at The Mighty in San Francisco, and Wednesday, 14 September from 6-8 p.m. at Plug & Play in Sunnyvale.

“These events are about Austin making a pretty loud statement in the Bay Area,” said Julie Huls, president of the Austin Technology Council. “Texas is a New Economy State, and we have a killer combination to support it: high-paying tech jobs, fast-growing companies, a low cost of living, and a relaxed way of life.”

Austin’s technology industry particularly has many job opportunities for programmers, developers, coders, and engineers. The community has many new startups and growing businesses. According to Audtin, the city attracts entrepreneurs and business leaders who want to start and grow their businesses. But there are not enough technical resources to build out the solutions these companies envision, and commercialize products.

In a recent survey of Austin area technology CEOs, 71 percent of respondents stated there is a shortage of technically skilled talent at the present time in Austin. And more than 50 percent believe these talent issues have limited their organization’s productivity and efficiency. Of respondent’s plans for 2011 and 2012, the number one ranked activity was adding jobs.

Austin currently has several dozen technology companies hiring 40 or more new programmers each. Of over 30 CEOs representing their companies at the Top Talent Roadshow, current job openings include roles like: Data Engineer, Front End Software Engineer, Information Architect, UX Designer.

At present, companies confirmed for the events include: Affinegy, Bancvue, Bazaarvoice, CacheIQ, Catapult, Calxeda, Collider Media,, Gazzang, Gowalla, Homeaway, Ihiji, Less Networks, Mutual Mobile, Phunware, Ravel, SailPoint, Spredfast, Vast, and Whaleshark.

“In Austin, we’ve fallen into a trap of fighting over existing talent, especially in engineering, programming, and software development roles,” said Rod Favaron, CEO of social CRM company Spredfast.

Increase in Computer Systems Design Jobs

Janco reports that the US Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows a slight increase (1.16 percent) in the number of IT-related jobs in April. Total employment for telecommunications, data processing, information services, and system design sectors has risen by 18,700 jobs (seasonally adjusted) since January 2011 and by 31,700 in the last 12 months.

The job picture is mixed for technology professionals, notes Janco CEO Victor Janulaitis. The data shows that telecommunications is still a depressed market with a loss of 34,600 jobs since May 2010 while there has been a compensating increase of 59,700 jobs in the computer systems design and related services sector.

Janco feels that the recovery has not taken hold and the IT job market will be soft for at least one more quarter. Janco predicts there will be more churn in IT staff as CIOs accelerate their move to more flexible staffing models. CIOs are outsourcing more technical work, including managed IP services such as VoIP and VPNs. They are hiring more contractors for desktop and security services, and they are putting more applications such as remote backup in the cloud.

At the same time, they are looking to hire IT people with business and analytical skills, such as risk management and project management. CIOs report that they're having trouble hiring IT people because either they can't find IT professionals with the right business skills or they can't afford them. All of this means more turnover in IT departments.

Siemens Launches Campaign to Spread Word That It's Hiring

Siemens Corp. has launched a public relations initiative entitled "Where the Jobs Are" to draw attention to the more than 3,000 open positions it is looking to fill across the US. Each month, Siemens will highlight open positions in one of its business units and its investments and partnerships with universities, community colleges, technical and trade schools to alert potential employees that job training is available for many of these high-skill, high-wage openings.

The first site to be featured is Charlotte, North Carolina, where the company has been working closely with local universities and community colleges to develop training programs and curriculum for potential employees who want to work in the energy business.

"It has become commonplace in America to read about companies moving their jobs and operations overseas, in search of less expensive pastures, but Siemens recently spent nearly $200 million to build a world-class facility, to produce gas turbines in Charlotte, North Carolina," said Eric Spiegel, president and CEO of Siemens. "This new site will create nearly 1,000 new jobs and more than 2,000 indirect ones. We are now looking for highly motivated and skilled individuals who want to work for an innovation and technology leader and we will train them for these jobs of the future by partnering with local educational institutions to create programs designed specifically for these open positions."

The company is currently seeking engineers as well as employees with strong skills in machinery, welding, mechanical assembly, procurement, quality inspection and project management. The Charlotte site will be one of the global manufacturing hubs for the company's gas turbines, steam turbines, generators and related service work.

Earlier this year, Siemens pledged $4.3 million to the engineering college at the University of North Carolina to support the new Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) program that will provide engineering scholarships and advance research capabilities in Smart Grid and precision manufacturing. Graduates from this program soon will fill many of the open positions at the Charlotte plant. Additionally, more than 200 of the new Charlotte hires will have been trained through the local community college system.

Siemens Corp. is a US subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of US $19.9 billion and employs approximately 62,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. 

Software Company to Add Jobs in Indiana

SS&C Technologies plans to open a new service and technology center in Evanston, Indiana, creating up to 500 new jobs by 2014. SS&C provides software and software-enabled services for trading, accounting, reporting, risk management and fund administration to hedge fund clients, insurance companies and institutional asset managers, among other finance industry clients. The company will invest about $3.9 million to lease and equip space at a to-be-determined site in Indiana's third largest city.

The company plans to open the new center in the second quarter, and will be looking for sales and operations support people as well as fund accountants and account managers. SS&C employs more than 1,400 people at its offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered SS&C Technologies up to $8.3 million in performance-based tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants based on the company's job-creation plans. The city was up against Louisville, Ky., Oklahoma City, Okla. and Springfield, Ill., for the highly-competitive project.

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