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Study predicts 4.4 million IT jobs globally by 2015

Posted on October 22nd, 2012 Read time: 1 minutes

There's no question that the IT industry is growing. Companies are investing in data space, and a recent forecast by research and advisory company Gartner expects worldwide IT spending to surpass $3.7 trillion in 2013, which represents a 3.8 percent increase from 2012. These spending numbers translate to a very positive outlook for employment.

"By 2015, 4.4 million IT jobs globally will be created to support big data, generating 1.9 million IT jobs in the United States," said Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president at Gartner and global head of research. "In addition, every big data-related role in the U.S. will create employment for three people outside of IT, so over the next four years a total of 6 million jobs in the U.S. will be generated by the information economy."

There's a catch to these high numbers, however. There isn't enough talent in the industry to fill the positions. According to Gartner, only one-third of the IT jobs will be filled. Gartner states that these positions will be crucial to growth. Companies need to consider now what ramifications in company structure and payroll management will need to be made to accommodate IT growth, which Gartner explains will result in surges in cloud, mobile, social computing and big data use.

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