If you feel like your IT career is stuck in neutral, you’re not alone. Aside from receiving minuscule pay increases over the last couple of years, we still face a market where hiring is tight.
Move to a Large Company
On average, technology professionals earned
$88,075 working for companies with more than 5,000 employees. The smallest companies (with 50 or fewer employees) paid on average $69,658 to their technology workers, says the Dice survey.
Move to a Hot Industry
Healthcare, financial services and the U.S. government will do much of the tech hiring this year. Accept a lateral move – some say even take a step backward – to get your foot in the door, because insiders are usually given priority when higher level positions open up.
Boost Your Visibility
If you’re stuck in a low-profile assignment, you’ll be passed over when promotions and higher paying jobs do arise. Boost your visibility by transferring to a critical project or ask an influential manager to be your mentor.
Prepare for Your Next Job in Your Current Role
While salary increases may be limited, managers often have funds for employee training, certifications or business courses. Also, look into transferring into a business unit, working
with high-profile clients, serving on a cross-functional team or supervising interns and trainees.
Look Ahead When Bulking Up Your Skill Set
— Leslie Stevens-Huffman