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Engineering jobs in Vegas in high demand?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Jobs that are in demand in engineering jobs in Vegas, and to fill them, companies are looking for college grads, according to a recent survey from Careerbuilder.

Demand for students with business and technical majors has typically been high among employers, and this year is no exception, with 38 percent of employers naming business as the most sought-after major. Other in-demand majors include:

Computer and Information Sciences – 27 percent
Engineering – 18 percent
Math and Statistics – 14 percent
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences – 14 percent
Communications Technologies – 12 percent
Engineering Technologies – 12 percent
Communication and Journalism – 10 percent
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities – 9 percent
Science Technologies – 8 percent
Education – 7 percent

According to the survey, 65 percent of employers say they plan to hire recent college graduates this year, up from 57 percent last year and the highest outlook since 2007. One third will offer higher pay than last year, and 1 in 4 will pay $50,000 or more.

Twenty-one percent do not feel academic institutions are adequately preparing students for roles needed within their organizations. When asked where academic institutions fall short, these employers cited the following concerns:

Too much emphasis on book learning instead of real world learning: 46 percent
I need workers with a blend of technical skills and soft skills gained from liberal arts: 38 percent
Entry-level roles within my organization are more complex today: 22 percent
Not enough focus on internships: 15 percent
Technology is changing too quickly for academics to keep up: 14 percent
Not enough students are graduating with the degrees my company needs: 10 percent

Are Vegas IT jobs getting a pay raise?

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

IT jobs in Vegas may be seeing a pay boost, according to a recent survey.

Technology pay in the United States saw another year of hikes with technology professionals earning $89,450 on average annually, up two percent from 2013, according to Dice’s annual salary survey.

More than half (61%) of technology professionals earned higher salaries in 2014, most frequently citing a merit raise as the reason for the increase. Another 25 percent say they received higher wages due to changing employers within the year.

Satisfaction with wages declined. Half (52%) of technology professionals were satisfied with their compensation in 2014, down from 54 percent in 2013. In fact, satisfaction with salaries has dipped each year since 2012, when it peaked at 57 percent and salaries saw the biggest year-over-year jump to 5.3 percent.

“As demand for technology professionals rises and highly-skilled talent is harder to find, the pressure is being reflected where it counts: paychecks,” said Shravan Goli, President of Dice.com. “Still, tech pros are less happy with their earnings, signaling to companies that in order to recruit and retain the best candidates, offering more will be necessary.”

With compensation rising, tech professionals are slightly less likely to relocate for a new job this year (30%) as compared to last year (28%).