Top IT hiring trends for recent grads

Curious if your STEM degree will keep you from having to move back home after college? Check out these hiring trends to find out how you stack up against the competition.

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TEKsystems, a provider of IT staffing services, released the results of a survey highlighting the best IT jobs and key hiring trends for recent graduates. The survey asked more than 250 IT hiring managers across the U.S. what they're looking for in entry-level IT candidates and what the best opportunities are for graduates.

"The industry is still a seller's market and provides a target-rich environment for recent graduates entering the landscape. However, new graduates should still expect to be offered the types of junior or entry-level roles where they're primarily being asked to maintain, update or fix currently deployed software programs," says Jason Hayman, TEKsystems Research Manager.

Developer Roles

STEM degrees are profitable right now -- with more companies scrambling to hire talented IT workers to manage the growing reliance on enterprise technology. The survey highlights specific roles that hiring managers cite as the best opportunities for recent graduates over other job openings.

Applications developer emerged as the best job for entry-level job seekers, according to 60 percent of hiring managers. It's followed closely by technical support (54 percent), business or systems analyst (52 percent) and web developer (48 percent).

"Developer roles are consistently difficult roles to fill, a result of the sky-high demand for qualified tech professionals across the industry. Digital transformation will continue to create a lot of opportunity for new IT professionals as organizations take on more and larger IT projects. These initiatives will require a small number of highly skilled and experienced individuals to design, but a larger number of junior- or entry-level workers to implement," says Hayman.

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IT Salary Survey: The results are in