October 25, 2011, 12:37 PM — Seasoned networking pros are in an enviable position, according to Robert Half Technology. The tech staffing firm includes systems and networking engineers among the top five tech professionals that companies are currently looking to hire.
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In particular, companies are searching for network and systems pros who are experts in cloud computing, software as a service and virtualization. People with combined skills in server, software and networking are the most sought after, Robert Half Technology explains in its newly published Salary Guide 2012.
Specifically, the five tech professionals firms want now are:
1. Systems and networking engineers
3. Quality assurance professionals and business analysts
4. Data warehousing and business intelligence professionals
5. Security professionals
A desire for more accurate project requirements is driving demand for quality assurance pros who can assume those tasks and allow developers to focus on coding. Business analysts, meanwhile, are needed to build trust among stakeholders and serve as go-betweens for IT and the business as the pace of IT projects picks up, Robert Half Technology says.
The need for data warehousing and business intelligence professionals is clear: Enterprises are drowning in data and need people who can manage it all and extract meaningful intelligence from it.
Unsurprisingly, security remains a paramount concern of IT executives, with 24% of CIOs polled citing security as their top professional concern.
In addition to naming the top five in-demand professionals, Robert Half Technology also listed sought-after credentials.
Credentials in greatest demand:
*Cisco certifications, including Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE);