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April, 2012

Good Job News for Information Technology Professionals

In this Issue:

Good Job News for IT Pros

IT maleThere is encouraging employment news in the area of information technology. February 2012 reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the IT market has recovered from the recession.

Recent surveys conducted within the IT industry also indicate that IT employment has surpassed all previous numbers. BLS and industry surveys predict high continued growth. Both employment figures and tax bases will be improved if companies choose to hire in-country.

The IT area expected to have the greatest growth is information security. Increased security is thought necessary due to cloud computing, mobile devises and off-shore hiring. Recent well-publicized data security breaches External link opens in a new window support this thinking. Information Security professionals can also expect salary increases External link opens in a new window.

Illinois is anticipating the May 2nd opening of 1871 Digital Technology Center External link opens in a new window on the 12th floor of Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Last month Governor Quinn announced External link opens in a new window that fifteen new digital oriented companies will launch from the Digital Technology Center. Illinois is an excellent location for these new companies. The Chicago area is considered to be among the hottest IT destinations External link opens in a new window. 1871 Digital Technology Center joins four other new Chicago area venues for tech entrepreneurs External link opens in a new window.

Illinois workNet Portal provides resources for individuals wishing to explore the key industry of Information Technology Link opens in a new window. Individuals can explore the following resources:

  • Cluster Inventory self-survey
  • Review IT programs of study and career pathways
  • Connect to employers
  • Review IT occupational outlook within Illinois areas


For Individuals:

For Businesses:

  • Read more about 1871 Tech Hub opportunities in a Tribune External link opens in a new window article.
  • The BrainYard External link opens in a new window provides and interesting thought about filing IT positions.

For Workforce Partners:

General Interest:

Illinois Pathways: Information Technology

Photobucket     Explore the Information Technology STEM Career Cluster Link opens in a new window! See each path highlighted and related courses and credentials. You can also search for a specific course or credential using the search tool.

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