The recovery has thelegs of a wounded duck, but Silicon Valley keeps looking like it’s making a comeback. The Business Forecasting Center at the University of the
Pacific says Valley’s likely to recover faster than the rest of Northern California. In fact, the center says the San Jose area is the only area in Northern California that’s clearly recovering.” It forecasts job growth of 3 percent next year and in 2012. Meanwhile, the UC San Diego extension says four of the top ten most promising fields for new graduates
are in IT. The four are healthcare IT, mobile media, data mining, and embedded engineering.
Let’s go north. To Seattle.The business community there is feeling pretty good about 2011.That seems to have surprised a few people at the area’s chamber of commerce, which conducted a survey of local businesses.But then some say Washington State has some reasons to be optimistic.For instance, while the state lost about 6 percent of its jobs during the recession, Idaho and Oregon lost 8.2 percent and California lost 9 percent. Forty one percent of Seattle’s businesses expect to add employees next year.Only about 8 percentexpect to let people go. And the new jobs – most of them will be with businesses with six to 100 employees. One of the most optimistic sectors is technology – in this case, IT and gaming. Others are human services, international trade, and food/beverage/retail.
If you’re one of the people who don’t really want the iPad in the enterprise – well, sorry. The mobile services company BoxTone surveyed IT executives at 800 companies, the Baltimore Sun tells us. Roughly 75 percent expect to deploy iPads or similar devices within the next year. About 25 percent expect to do it almost immediately. And more than half plan to deploy an iPad app of their own within 12 months. Two words: Mobile applications. I just checked and there’s 2000 jobs in that search result.