The best IT jobs in New England right now are in the industrial, medical, and education sectors. Though most of the region’s IT workers saw an uptick in opportunities, those in these industries enjoyed the most growth. The Federal Reserve says tech firms’ revenue rose from 3 to 25 percent in the most recent quarter, with most in the double digits. The most increased demand was for software and IT services in those same industrial, medical and education sectors. That’s led to plans to increase headcounts. Dice lists over 1,700 development jobs in and around Boston alone, ranging from Access to XML. I found nearly 200 tech jobs in manufacturing, 250 in medical, and 400 in education.
IT growth is most dramatic in developing countries where talent is at a premium and the challenges are exciting. In 2006, there were an estimated 23 million IT professionals in the world. Slightly less than a third lived in the United States. More recent estimates say that the share of IT pros in developing countries has increased by 100 percent – doubling from five years ago. As companies based in the developing world mature, they’ll turn to IT as a key ingredient of their evolution. Of course, you can’t gloss over the practical realities of an international career. It may work when you’re young and unattached, but if you own a home or have a family, you’ll have to make tough decisions before you simply pack up and fly off.
– Mark Feffer