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Download TechRepublic's 2008 IT Skills and Salary Report

TechRepublic has published jointly with Global Knowledge the 2008 IT Skills and Salary report. The survey encompasses a total of 7,193 responses from IT folks.

TechRepublic has published jointly with Global Knowledge the 2008 IT Skills and Salary Report. The survey encompasses a total of 7,193 responses from IT folks.

This report is the place to go if you're looking for information on any of these topics:

  • Job Satisfaction
  • What Concerns Are on the Minds of IT Professionals?
  • Who Is Making the Money?
  • Where Is the Money Being Made?
  • Age vs. Experience
  • Training & Certification
  • Education Pays
  • Highest Paying Certifications
  • Training and Your Employer: Who Pays and Who Benefits?
  • Summary: For the Industry
  • Summary: For IT Pros
  • Summary: For IT Managers

What concerns are on the minds of IT pros?

The survey asked the respondents about what is important to them in considering a new job or staying with their current employer. While there were, naturally, some concerns about the economy, the number one concern was keeping up with skills.

The report acknowledges those concerns and includes research on what counts more: certs or degrees. It also offers a list of 10 certifications that actually mean something.

I think this is what separates this report from others you may come across. Not only does it speak to what you and your peers are thinking, but it addresses the concerns they express with solid research and direction.

For example, are you looking for a change in specializations? The report covers the top-paying roles, industries, and geographical locations.

If you want to see how you compare, or use the information to guide your future career strategies, download the full 2008 IT Skills and Salary Report.

 

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17 comments
The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

Global Knowledge? US Knowledge would be more accurate here. Mind you - if I just about double those $'s I get ??'s I guess but the circumstance is different! Any chance of addressing the wider community with a world report regarding IT salaries sometime?

sashevade
sashevade

The section related to certifications does not mention about the Sun Certifications like SCJP, SCWCD . Are they not in the top 10 certifications ? Or are they not lucrative enough to get a good job ?

mrjay67
mrjay67

Id like to know who actually makes that much. Then again I work in education where you don't get paid what you're worth. But help deskers making $48,000? Perhaps in the $30ks around my area. But I haven't really looked into it lately Must be nice to be in Oil and Gas and think people are making butloads of cash. Wanna know how much more pissed I am about the gas prices now? If I made as much as these figures said I am supposed to I'd be doing OK and not worried how I am going to put gas in the car each week. OK before I go on a long rant. Simply put these incomes seem a bit inflated. Although it was pointed out the more secure the job the less the pay appears to be. Perhaps regular industry is kinder in paying but lousy in keeping good techs?

tim uk
tim uk

Those US salaries are high, I'm from UK & the average IT salary here is somewhat lower than $73k. IT would be interesting to see a global version of the survey too. Meanwhile, please send me a green card!

rjmahoney
rjmahoney

Too US centric, Could use some Canadian content. Not sure of the validity of some results (e.g. ITIL v2 Foundation making more than an ITIL V3 Master?!!? or CISSP??? in todays age of security concerns)!

Tech D
Tech D

There was a ample amount of stats in the report. Enjoyed the report reading. I'm not too suprised though, respectfully if you show your worth on paper and better in an interview, and of course provide work results your value will increase. Your salary can be increased exponentially! Whether it be certifications, or degrees I agree it depends on alot of variables. Your work experience when proven by results on the job, you unequivocally need to communicate your need for contributions rendered, politely but with business tact. Begin at once journalizing your accomplishments on your resume and use your lead, or someone that is not a peer who sees your work and be accountable to your work. These are your tools for advancing in pay and securing a better job platform. I'm sure to get some linear comments, or polynomial comments, it doesn't matter, what matter is your own experience.

star_topology
star_topology

Very detailed report. Very informative. Sadly, the industry with arguably the highest job security is the lowest paid. Hooray Education!

jasonb
jasonb

Thanks for the report. Does anyone know of a similar report for Web professionals (Webmasters, Designers Developers, SEM etc.)?

toni.bowers_b
toni.bowers_b

I'd be interested to know how you guys compare to the data in this survey. Were you surprised by any of it?

Captain Slog
Captain Slog

Mr Jay The petrol price is high in the US because the multinational oil companies and your government are greedy, not because I am greedy (although i must admit i am a wee bit). You probably get to go home every night and have most weekends off. I have to live in a country far from home and work most of my life. Still, i would not get out of my bed for $30k!

Captain Slog
Captain Slog

Don't tell them there are more of us than them - they will become paranoid - oh merde, too late!

Captain Slog
Captain Slog

Actually, surprise, surprise, there is a whole world out here that is not based on the North American continent at all!!

Captain Slog
Captain Slog

I wish I could give a polynomial comment but I have no idea what one is.

Captain Slog
Captain Slog

I work as an Instrument engineer in the Oil and Gas industry and am VERY surprised how low the salaries are in this report. I would expect to earn at the very least $200 000 plus perks.

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

Also eye opening. Is there a comparison report from previous years?

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