Demand for Technology Executives Rising


Job site JobFox.com is out with a new list of recession-proof jobs. The site says this is their first list since the financial bailout and "general consensus among companies and consumers that the economy is at or near a recessionary period."

The biggest mover in October from the previous month? Technology executives. JobFox lists IT leaders—defined as "management of the corporate IT function,including software managers for ISVs or consulting firms"—as the 16th most recession-proof job, up from 24th in September.

It also lists the median salary range for technology executives at $105K to $115K, with the desired salary range at $115K to $125K. (Research and consulting firm Foote Partners has more recent salary info here and Janco Associates has more on $100K+ IT jobs here.)

Other IT jobs making the cut: Network/system administration (No. 7, down one spot from September) and IT security (No. 20, a newcomer to the list).

Database administrators fell off the list, as did jobs in testing/quality assurance and business analysis.

Previously: Are IT Jobs Recession-Proof?

But is that what you're seeing out there? Are more companies looking for high-ranking technology pros?


8 Comments for "Demand for Technology Executives Rising"

  • Rosilda August 26, 2013 11:56 pm

    Derek,We often get that very same question when doing our geraentional workshops and webinars. You make some very accurate points . . .

  • Another CIO comments December 02, 2008 3:57 pm

    I also have a different point of view. I have rebuilt several IT organizations in the past six years, and as soon as they are operating at peak performance, I was downsized. Most recently, both the EVP of marketing and myself were let go, because we were two of the largest salaries in the company...regardless of how we performed -- they needed big dollar savings quickly, and we were the target. A clear case of short-term profit motivation, as there are no people ready to take our roles. I would say hands-on operations folks are the safest -- developers are at risk, as are mid- to senior-IT management. I was making 225K, so I was the equal of two director level positions. Simple economics; stupid management.

  • Don December 02, 2008 2:14 pm

    I'm not sure "technology executives" isn't a bit misleading. What I believe is that there is a cadre of senior technologists, many of whom you'll find in such jobs that are increasingly valuable. They represent the guys (and gals) that can actually DO things with technologies, especially at the fundamental level. They have a "gut" understanding of both business and technology because their careers have spanned the last 25 or 30 years and they've "lived" it, not just studied it. They resisted the Peter principle and stayed with their first love rather than being seduced into being the boss. They are the "Scotties" of the enterprise. It's called experience, and there is no 90-day wonder certification track. In any economy, those that can provide true value and something of value will have a place. Recessions weed out the bystanders.

  • A CIO November 26, 2008 10:42 am

    Don't know where you are looking. I was looking for an IT (networks) manager last year and I went through four different guys in nine months. I couldn't keep them. Salaries are right on target, because the competition was offering that to my guys they took.

  • Anne November 25, 2008 9:49 am

    Two reasons for the salaries appearing so low: 1. If included, government executives probably skewed the results. 2. The titles: "director," "manager," "VP," CIO and CTO are being given to hands-on technical people. Reason: In my opinion, in an HR effort to throw a bone where there is a lack of monetary rewards.

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