Job Demand Strong in Computers, Health Care, Engineering

By Stouffer, Rick | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 7, 2009 | Go to article overview

Job Demand Strong in Computers, Health Care, Engineering


Stouffer, Rick, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Despite an economy that's measured by how many thousands of employees lose their jobs each month, people with the right skills in the right job field can find work plentiful and well-paying.

Experts said growing companies never have enough workers and pointed to specific jobs in health care, engineering and computer programming fields, to name a few.

"There are plenty of pockets of opportunity in various fields, and companies that are innovating still are hiring," said Robert Turtledove, spokesman for executive placement firm The Ladders, New York, which deals with positions paying in excess of $100,000 annually.

Computer programmer David Hoerster for eight years has worked with the Microsoft .net framework. "Dot-net" as it's known, is a software technology created by Microsoft Corp. for building, deploying and running computer applications and services.

"There are a lot of programming jobs still out there, perhaps not as many as nine months ago, but still available," said Hoerster, director of development at a unit of Resources Global Professionals in Cranberry. "I've noticed in just the last week that the number of job posting on our site has picked up.

"Someone just writing computer code, with five years of experience, can make probably between $70,000 and $90,000 a year, someone designing sites probably $80,000 to $110,000 a year."

Health care-related positions continue to be a strong part of the weakened economy, experts said. Positions available range from non- clinical positions working with health insurers and making between $10 and $13 an hour, to top-end, care-giver positions, including various physician types.

"Biotechnology and pharmaceutical jobs remain strong," Turtledove said. "Those positions include research scientists and clinical trials people."

Companies including Bayer Corp. in Robinson constantly are in the market for specific new hires, as the $12-billion-a-year company flexes with the economy. …

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