Thursday, October 1, 2009

Who’s Hiring in Technology – September 2009

Consulting firms, Defense, and Health care top IT hiring, based on job advertisements open for 30 days from the top job boards.

In addition to IBM’s advertisements for Developers, Sales Professionals, Technology Architects, and Development Engineers, IBM recently announced they are opening a new Technology Delivery Services Center in Dubuque, IA and planning to hire 1,300 professionals to “support US Strategic outsourcing clients, providing server systems operations, security services, and end user services, including maintenance and monitoring of computer hardware and software systems.” This new facility was supported by about $50M of state and local government incentives. IBM also just announced hiring 240 manufacturing and maintenance workers for its Essex Junction, VT Microelectronics plant, to meet surging demand for components found in cell phones and DVDs.

With a strong winning streak in defense contracts offsetting its lagging Gulfstream division, General Dynamics has been hiring technologists to create and deploy military and police informatics. General Dynamics is building new technologies for government agencies, the military, police and firefighters – turning vehicles into communication command centers to track and transfer information to field personnel. In addition, "While other large contractors face possible cuts in many of their largest programs, the budget as proposed in April called for General Dynamics to build three new destroyers for roughly $2.5 billion apiece” wrote Steven Halpern in

Raytheon is hiring because they also are landing defense contracts. According to Motley Fool, “Raytheon hopes to sell billions of dollars worth of Patriot missiles to countries ranging from Turkey to Iraq to the UAE. Meanwhile, Raytheon looks poised to enter its recently licensed KillerBee into two of the Pentagon's largest UAV contests. Victory in either one could leapfrog Raytheon to the forefront of this nascent industry.”

It is interesting to see strong hiring activity by Comcast Cable. Barbara Hagen, market vice president and general manager for Comcast stated “With the incredible popularity of digital cable and HDTV, high-speed Internet service and Comcast Digital Voice, the demand for our products and services has never been greater.”

While AT&T is hiring heavily for retail sales and management, about 20% of AT&T’s ads are for developers, programmers, engineering and technology positions. "Despite these difficult economic times, our business continues to grow. These are good jobs with wages and benefits that are among the best in the nation." said Steve Krom, vice president and general manager, AT&T.

Based on reports by Wanted Technologies that forecast hiring demand, financial institutions that have begun repaying TARP funds are beginning expansion, including industry financial services giant JPMorgan Chase. But they aren’t just hiring tellers…they’re hiring developers, project managers, business analysts, QA, and applications support professionals.

Confused why Sun is posting so many ads, when they’re not doing so well and about to be acquired by Oracle? Don’t get too excited – These are all ads for Sun Certification training.

Top Technology Hiring Organizations – September 2009

• Deloitte
• General Dynamics - IT
• Raytheon
• Northrop Grumman
• UnitedHealth Group
• Lockheed Martin
• ITT Educational Services
• U.S. Army
• ManTech International Corporation
• Comcast Cable
• AT&T
• Universal Health Services
• Microsoft
• Siemens
• Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)
• Axelon Services
• Federal Government Jobs
• Affiliated Computer Services
• JPMorgan Chase
• U.S. Navy
• GE
• U.S. Army Medical Corps
• Sun Microsystems
• EMC Corp.
• Harris Corp.
• Yahoo! Inc
• Dell Computer Corp.

Sources: CareerBuilder, Dice, HotJobs, Indeed, SimplyHired. Monster does not list industry jobs by company. Excluded: Recruiters & Staffing firms.

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