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2009 IT Skills and Salary Report

In conjunction with Global Knowledge, TechRepublic presents this year's IT skills and salary report. Find out about IT employment trends, areas of growth and decline, skills that are in demand, highest-paying job roles, highest-paying certifications, and salary ranges broken down by region, job title, and industry.

For comparison, check out the TechRepublic 2009 IT skills and salary report. 

INFORMATION SYSTEMS (IS) specialists design computing solutions that provide companies, non-profit organizations and governments with the information they need to achieve their goals. IS employs computer systems to implement and improve the way organizations work. IS professionals combine their knowledge of computing and organizations to bridge the gap between technical and business specialists. Most IS programs are found in business schools, and may go by such names as management information systems, computer information systems, or business information systems. All IS degrees combine business and computing topics, but the emphasis between technical and organizational subjects varies.

Medical Imaging

Doctors today can clean the arteries of a patient’s heart, preventing a future heart attack. Modern medical imaging can reveal a detailed view of clogged problem areas – without any surgery. CAT scans, MRIs, and ultrasounds are all the products of computing professionals. 

     • Computer engineers design the hardware. 

     •  Computer scientists devise the algorithms to process images from electrical impulses.

    •   Software engineers write software and ensure that it meets medical quality standards. 

     • IT professionals connect the imaging equipment to the rest of the high-tech hospital gear.

     • Information systems specialists ensure that the right medical staff  gets the right information at the right time. 

In just a few years, doctors will be able to operate on patients half a world away using remote cameras and robotic arms. Computing professionals will continue to push the boundaries of medicine.

Finding Information on the Web

Most people use search engines such as Google and Yahoo every day. But search engines for the web could be much better than they are today. How about searching for objects in pictures? Or sounds? Scenes in movies? The web is constantly growing. Search engines need to learn what information means. 

       • Computer scientists devise the revolutionary approaches that  makes search possible. 

       • Software engineers develop the products that dig up results. 

       • Specialists in information systems design solutions that allow search companies to sell relevant advertisements.

        • Computer engineers design complex, high-performance networks to cope with immense quantities of data. 

Search technology has a long way to go, and it will take many computing professionals to make that happen.

Online Music & Movie Distribution

One day you might tell your grandchildren stories about what television was like. The future of music, movies, and all media is on the Internet. From iTunes to YouTube, commercial  entertainment is moving to the Web – fast. Most of the major studios plan to distribute films online. The entertainment industry is being shaken up and the whole revolution is powered by technology and computing professionals. 

          • Computer scientists design the huge databases that store music, TV shows, and movies. 

         •  Specialists in software engineering, IT, and computer science work with artists to create attractive, engaging interfaces for consumers.

          • Information systems professionals design the logic that keeps track of customers’ interests and provides recommendations. 

          • Computer engineers built the iPod and other portable media devices on which we play our downloads.

Mobile Devices

Soon, the idea of using your cell phone only for voice will seem old-fashioned. You already text your friends, but mobile phones are rapidly becoming much more. They can access the Web, play games, and even tell you where you are right now. Soon you’ll be able to press a key and instantly buy tickets to see your favorite band at a club you’re just walking by. Or pay bus fare just by hopping onto the bus you want to take. 

            • Computer engineers develop smaller, less power-hungry chips. 

            • Computer scientists create compression algorithms to transmit information more efficiently. 

            • Information systems specialists design the connections between businesses and mobile customers. 

            • IT specialists make sure that the hardware and software used behind the scenes is up-to-date.


The Microsoft Xbox 360. The Sony Playstation 3. The Nintendo Wii. They’re all great gaming machines, but the technology behind them isn’t a game at all – It’s seriously powerful stuff. And games aren’t just for kids anymore. Adults not only play today’s video games, they create hem, too. At the heart of these virtual reality platforms is utting edge computing.  

         • Computer engineers produce faster, more powerful chips capable of displaying ever more lifelike characters in 3-dimensional worlds.

         •CS and SE experts create the artificial intelligence that makes each game challenging, keeping players coming back for more. 

        • IT professionals support networks and infrastructure that enable game development. 

        • IS professionals create systems for keeping track of customer feedback,  behavior, and demand.