Silicon Valley, Mobile Development Opportunities Keep Rising

Mobile application developers are in especially high demand. In fact, trying to find them is becoming a bottleneck for companies that want to gain traction in the mobile marketplace. The technologies are so new that few software engineers have mobile development experience, which requires new coding skills compared to desktop computers.

Dice News Weekly RoundupAn analysis from IT staffer Modis found that mobile app development is also of great interest to small and mid-sized businesses. As companies define and refine their mobile strategies — and as the economy continues to shake off the dust it collected during the downturn — the need for developers, security experts, business analysts and others with  mobility skill has increased at SMBs. Jack Cullen, president of Modis, says his firm is currently seeing post-recession IT hiring pick up in general at SMBs.

The revitalization of Silicon Valley that everyone seems to be perceiving is actually quite real, says the San Jose Mercury News. Last year was the most profitable year in history for the 150 biggest public companies there, and their combined stock value climbed to the highest level since the Internet boom of 2000. Revenue and profits have soared as consumers flock to buy new handheld gadgets, while corporations and public agencies have resumed buying hardware and software to handle a rising tide of digital data. Among the leaders: Apple, which this week posted stunning quarterly results, and Google, which is in hiring mode.

Additionally, SiliconValley’s tech renaissance is lifting the region’s entire economy. Every major industry except construction added jobs in March, according to a state report. San Mateo County maintained the third-lowest unemployment rate in California – 8.4 percent.

And more good news. USA Today reports that nearly 150,000 tech jobs will be added this year, according to Sophia Koropeckyj, an economist at Moody’s Analytics. “In February, there were about 6.1 million tech jobs in the U.S., up 2.4% from a year ago. Yet there’s a lot to make up for: From the second quarter of 2008 through the first quarter of 2010, during the economic swoon, 308,000 tech jobs were lost.”

But can you always trust statistics? David Foote, a leading IT employment analyst, contends that the government routinely publishes misleading IT employment data. Foote says that because the Labor Department still uses outmoded job classifications — developed back in the mainframe era — barely 20 percent of today’s IT workers can be easily counted in that framework. Nor does the government properly identify and track 16 million others who bring various blends of technology skills, subject matter expertise and business savvy to their jobs.

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