Starting Pay for IT Jobs Expected to Increase in 2013

A new report revealed that the starting salary for people pursuing a career in information technology will show a large increase in 2013, reflective of the growing importance of IT professionals in supporting the needs of businesses around the world.

According to the Robert Half Technology 2013 Salary Guide, entry-level wages for IT professionals will increase by 5.3 percent this year - more than any other field researched in the report.

"A supply and demand imbalance exists for specialized talent within many professional occupations, including information technology," Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International, said in a statement. "To attract the best employees, companies must stay up-to-date on compensation levels, including trends affecting their regions and industries."

According to the report, mobile applications developers showed the largest projected increase in base compensation, at nine percent. Overall, there is a clear demand for people who hold IT degrees, as companies want to ensure that they can operate effectively and efficiently in an increasingly digitized world.

"Salaries are rising for candidates who can help organizations leverage new technologies to increase efficiencies, gain business insights and produce superior customer experiences," John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group, said in a statement. "In some cases, there's a shortage of individuals available to fill these highly specialized positions, which is driving up starting compensation levels."

This means that even in the midst of an uncertain economy and relatively high unemployment numbers, anyone pursuing a career in information technology is likely to find a job after earning their IT degree, and be well compensated.

This article is sponsored by Western Governors University, a nonprofit, accredited, online university. WGU offers online bachelor's and master's degree programs in IT. To find out more, please visit our website at www.wgu.edu.

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