The latest report from Dice reveals that 63 percent of technology workers would consider starting their own business if the economy doesn't improve soon. Take a look at this finding and the top tech skills that are most frequently seen in job postings.
The May issue of the Dice report reveals that a recent poll taken by Dice Holdings, a technology job board, suggests 63 percent of technology workers would consider starting their own business if they get laid off or if the economy does not improve soon.
Tom Silver, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Dice, offers some good advice for those considering that career move:
Where contracting requires a different mindset is in the realm of business, not technology. Success requires budding entrepreneurs to honestly examine what makes them tick. They need to decide not only whether their skills are marketable, but whether they're capable of doing the marketing. They have to be able to manage their time, because maintainin relationships and looking for the next assignment are as vital to their bottom line as are billable hours. They need to be self-disciplined - not only so they sit down and get their work done, but so they keep up with certifications and changes in technology.
Here are some other stats from the report:
Top tech skills based on number of jobs posted on Dice as of May 1, 2009:
1. Windows — 8,445
2. Unix — 6,997
1. Oracle — 9,119
2. SQL — 7,389
1. C, C++, C# — 9,354
2. J2EE/Java — 8,676
The top tech metro areas based on the number of jobs posted on Dice as of May 1, 2009:
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