Information technology professionals looking for a salary boost next year should think about finding a job as a mobile application developer, new research shows.
A study from staffing firm Robert Half Technology predicts mobile-app developer jobs will be the hottest for technology and design professionals in 2013. The average starting salary for these developers is expected to rise 9 percent, with overall compensation ranging from $92,750 to $133,500.
The research shows that as companies enhance their digital presence and boost investments in IT infrastructure, a number of other technology jobs will also likely see above-average salary gains in the coming year.
"Salaries are rising for candidates who can help organizations leverage new technologies to increase efficiencies, gain business insights and produce superior customer experiences," said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group. "In some cases, there's a shortage of individuals available to fill these highly specialized positions, which is driving up starting compensation levels."
Other positions expected to be in demand in 2013 are:
- Business intelligence analysts: They assist firms in making critical business decisions by gathering and analyzing data. These professionals should see a salary gain of 7.3 percent, with starting pay ranging from $94,250 to$132,500.
- Network architects: They provide the backbone of a company's communication infrastructure by assessing business and applications requirements for corporate data and voice networks. Network architectsare forecasted to receive a 7-percent starting salary boost, raising their incomes to between $102,250 and$146,500, on average.
- Interactive creative directors: As companies of all sizes add interactive roles, businesses seek professionals with superb leadership skills and digital expertise to manage these growing teams. Interactive creative directors can anticipate a 4.9 percent bump in base compensation, with average starting salaries ranging from $95,500 to$160,000.
- Interaction designers: These professionals understand the connections among people and products and are able to step into the shoes of a company's customers to help maximize users' online experiences. Designers with one to five years of experience should see salary gains of 4.9 percent, raising their incomes to between $52,250 and$77,500.
- User experience (UX) designers: Since so much customer interaction happens online, companies are looking for workers who can create positive digital experiences. UX designers can expect a 4.8 percent salary increase, with starting compensation ranging between $73,750 and$110,500.