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‘Large Project Experience’ Key to Many Mobile Jobs

Mobile Banking
Chris Luu is the chief technology officer at Fuzz, a design and development shop with offices in Brooklyn and Northampton, Mass. The company’s created mobile apps for the likes of AT&T, Hearst and GNC. We asked him for his insights into jobs in mobile development. Who’s most interested in mobile skills? Pretty much every industry is thinking about how they can leverage mobile. However, it does seem that many of these companies will simply outsource the development of their mobile… continue…

In Mass., Big Names’ Tech Hiring Puts Pressure on Small Companies

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Boston
The expansion of large tech companies in the Boston area is pressuring small businesses when it comes to hiring tech talent. Candidates attracted to the likes of Google and Facebook effectively remove themselves from what’s already a tight market, leaving lesser-known firms to scramble. “In the short run it hurts other companies to make it that much harder to hire these skilled coders,” Tim Rowe, CEO of the Cambridge Innovation Center, told the Boston Herald. “The reason they’re coming is… continue…

Online Gambling Providers Seek Range of Tech Skills

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Online Roulette
A number of technology and service providers are positioning themselves to take advantage of what seems to be imminent growth in online gambling, and that’s leading to the creation of tech jobs: Software providers, payment processors, mobile app developers, Location-as-a-Service (LaaS) providers and e-wallet companies are ramping up operations and adding developers, security experts and back-end support staff. “Development is key here,” says Seth Palansky, vice president of corporate communications for Las Vegas-based World Series of Poker. “You constantly have… continue…

California, New York Face Competition on Tech-Hiring Front

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Ask anyone to name the country’s hotbed of tech-hiring activity, and chances are good they’ll say “California” or “New York,” homes of, respectively, Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley. But according to a Dice analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, New York comes in sixth place, and California in eleventh, among the fastest-growing states for technology jobs. Texas comes in first, with a 5.99 percent increase in tech jobs since the beginning of the year, followed by… continue…

Don’t Mess With Tech

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Fastest Growing States
This year’s fastest growing state for technology jobs is built on two pillars: the highest percentage growth and the most new positions added in the first half of the year. In fact, this state has created so many new jobs, it now ranks as having the second largest workforce of technology professionals behind California, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics covering computer systems design and related services. Let’s do the two-step for Texas. The Lone Star state… continue…

Why Aren’t Graduates Using Their STEM Degrees?

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U.S. Census Bureau
Lots of people earn college degrees in STEM disciplines. But how many of them actually use those degrees for STEM-related work? According to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the answer is, “Not very many.” In a survey of 3.5 million homes, the agency found that almost 75 percent of those who held a bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline didn’t actually work a STEM job. In a series of interviews with the Washington Post, experts seemed divided about… continue…

Help Wanted Signs = Dollar Signs for Software Developers

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Employers are responding to the tight labor market for software developers with a new retention tool: a bonus plan designed specifically for them. Unique bonus programs for software developers have their roots in technology and gaming companies. Now, more employers, in more industries, are adopting targeted plans, according to a recent Dice survey of 700 employers with developers currently on staff. For those companies with bonus plans, one in 10 employers (11 percent) currently have programs tailored exclusively for software… continue…

C++, J2EE, Java Skills Needed in Houston

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Downtown Houston
The availability of candidates with the skills for the growing number of open technology jobs in Houston is becoming a worry for local employers, according to the Houston Business Journal. Citing a study from consulting firm CEB, the newspaper says the gap between open jobs and the tech professionals who can fill them has been widening. The greatest demand is for people skilled in C++, J2EE, Java, .NET and cloud computing. Click here to find a tech job in Houston.… continue…

Responding to Employers, Colleges Focus on Experience

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Some tech companies—Google notably among them—are de-emphasizing the use of test scores and GPAs in their hiring, and that’s causing colleges and universities to re-think their approach to technical education, says Tech Page One. One reason can be summed up in this quote Google’s senior vice president of people operations, Laszlo Bock, gave to New York Times columnist Tom Friedman: “When you look at people who don’t go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional… continue…

Samsung Plans Hiring for San Jose R&D Center

Samsung's San Jose R&D Center
Samsung’s planning to do a lot of hiring in Silicon Valley as it prepares to open its new $300 million R&D Center in San Jose, by the summer of 2015. Indeed, the local talent pool is one of the reasons the company decided to locate the center there. “Samsung strategically determined the best pool of talent in the U.S. would be in the Bay Area,” Bob Brennan, senior vice president of its Memory System Application Lab, told Business Insider. “We… continue…