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IT job market trends for application design and development pros

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Thinking of entering the exciting world of application development and design? Want to know if your salary is comparable to your peers? What does the job market really look like? TechTarget recently conducted a survey of roughly 1,200 IT professionals in North America to find out what IT job market trends are really taking place.

While a six-figure salary and a pretty sweet overall compensation package appeared to be the norm for most respondents, their outlook for the future wasn't all that optimistic. Despite the glum look toward the future, respondents also indicated they weren't eager to jump work and find a job elsewhere.

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I think what we are seeing now is a need for people to generalize more than in the past. The phrase I've heard (and like) around this is "build T-Shape people for you square shaped teams". We've heard for years that the real value is going deep on a specialty, and while that is true, there needs to be enough specific expertise that you can broadly apply to be an asset to the team. Case in point, while I consider the core of my T to be software testing, I also add programming, systems administration, virtualization management and build management to that list as well. I'm probably never going to be as much of a superstar as others on my team in those other areas, but I need to know enough of them to be effective within the broader team. Becoming T-shaped also makes us more marketable and have the ability to move into different disciplines if the need arises.
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I haven't heard that saying before, Michael, but I like it! It definitely speaks to the importance of being versatile. Bringing a range of skills to the table, I think, would make anyone a desirable hire.
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