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by Aman Singh | July 13, 2009


Tech sector job cuts fell by 60% in the second quarter. While the first half total remains high compared to last year, the quarterly drop suggests a rebound for an industry that has reported big cuts since the economy went recessionary.


Noting this, conducted a survey to see what technology experts felt were going to be some of the key emerging professions in the field. 87.5% of survey takers that included 50 of the nation’s top technology employers picked Security Specialist suggesting increasing need for specialized skills. At No. 2 came Systems Integrator. Not surprisingly, then, Security Specialist also came as the top choice for the roles that promise to remain in high demand through 2010. Tied in first place in this category was Database Administrator.

While most technology careers demand highly technical knowledge, these roles then, emphasize the skills and specialization required. Here are the Top Five lists in both categories:


Technology:  Professions that will remain in high demand through 2010

  1. Security Specialist
  2. Database Administrator
  3. Network Engineer
  4. Software Engineer
  5. Programmers

Technology: Top Emerging Professions

  1. Security Specialist
  2. Systems Integrator
  3. IT Project Manager
  4. Network Engineer
  5. Software Engineer

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