These Tech Jobs Are Set To Get a Major Pay Bump

The latest release of recruiter Robert Half Technology~s annual salary guides surveys the tech jobs set to get the biggest pay bumps next year, and the results point to positions specializing in data. Big data engineers top the list with an estimated 5.8% pay increase predicted for 2017, for a salary that ranges from $135,000 to $196,000. Other high-paying data roles that could see a big jump in pay in 2017 include data architect and data warehouse manager. In fact, employers are so desperate for qualified data workers that some have created whole programs dedicated to creating qualified applicants.

Four Essential Tips for Professional Development Success

Faculty professional development should be a true learning experience that encourages growth and improvement. Too much, though, professional development is treated as simply another hoop to jump through for faculty members. What~s needed is a set of standards to evaluate and improve courses, in order to ensure that instructors receive the types of personalized professional development opportunities that they need in order to excel in teaching. The basic elements needed for effective course design include measurable outcomes, engaging content, and relevant assessment. It~s also important to include elements that will help faculty stay engaged throughout the professional development course and walk away with tools and tips that they can use in their future courses.

The Next Big Job in Tech: Robot Programmer

Despite all the talk about the fate of human jobs in the age of automation, there is one job certain to be in-demand: Robot programmers. There is growing demand for people who are skilled in this area and who understand the types of tasks these robots will be expected to do. In fact, many startups and established companies are looking into training people in this field right now. Robot manufacturers, for example, are one type of company that would hire robot programmers.

How to Close the Cybersecurity Talent Gap

With the launch of the first-ever Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy earlier this year, the U.S. government will go on a major hiring spree. After landing 3,000 new cybersecurity and IT professionals in the first six months of the current fiscal year, agencies want to bring 3,500 more aboard by the end of January 2017. Given that the global cybersecurity workforce shortage is expected to reach 1.5 million by 2019, private and public sector officials are increasingly under pressure to find candidates with cybersecurity skills.

How Career Mobility Programs Improve Retention

According to new research from HR executive network and research firm Future Workplace, companies are increasingly investing in career mobility programs to improve employee engagement, productivity and teamwork. There is one important trend to keep in mind: Employers are offering internal career mobility opportunities to allow employees to "test drive" new roles and prepare them for the future workplace, according to the research. For businesses, these internal mobility programs provide a way to help employees with flexibility and career growth and development while stemming the turnover rate; employees get to add skills and experience to their resume without job-hopping.

Best Small to Midsized Cities to Land a Cybersecurity Job

While cybersecurity positions are plentiful in most major cities, thousands of cyber positions at all levels are waiting to be filled in less populated and often more scenic locales that offer a lower cost of living. Although larger corporations usually post the most job openings, you~re most likely to find that you~re working at a smaller company in these smaller cities. But the tradeoff will be broader responsibilities and more experience. In smaller companies you take on more responsibilities with less specialization than in a large enterprise where roles are very well defined. The best small to midsized cities for landing jobs in the security sector include: Colorado Springs, Colorado; Huntsville, Alabama; and Des Moines, Iowa.

10 Resume Tips for Developers

Landing that dream developer job is hard work, but it all starts with the resume. Your code may be very good and you may have a wide range of deep experience, but if you shortchange the time spent on your resume, you may not get recognized in the job marketplace for your true worth. You might even sabotage your chance of being invited for interviews. They may not have heard of your current and past employers or products you have worked on, but if you present your accomplishments and skills in the right way, you can maximize your career opportunities in a hot job market

12 Secrets to Supercharging Your Personal Brand

Look at anyone who~s doing very well in their business career and you~ll usually see it~s not just their business that~s doing well; they also have a powerful personal brand that sets them apart. Often, veteran entrepreneurs have deployed specific strategies to supercharge their personal brand. In the process, they have been able top create market demand for their services for years to come. At the end of the day, one of the best ways to build your brand is to publish widely in order to attract a wide audience.

Yes, You Do Have Enough Time to Start a Business

It~s possible to launch a new startup, even when you think you don~t have time to pursue your dreams. But if you~re going to manage to squeeze your dream project into your busy schedule, you~re going to need more than just inspiration. With that in mind, the article lists five specific techniques to manage your time wisely during the early startup period.

Taking Incremental Steps Towards CS for All

At the end of October, the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) alliance organized a summit with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on state implementation of the President~s CS for All initiative. One of the key insights from the meetings was that the CS for All initiative is starting to succeed, if only incrementally. U.S. states are developing novel, incremental approaches to CS for All that focus on important topics such as teacher certifications and micro-certifications.