The common thread among the jobs highlighted in our research is that they help businesses improve efficiency and profits, and foster a more positive customer experience, said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International. The most successful job candidates bring multiple skill sets, a track record of success and a strong sense of accountability to their roles.
Following is an overview of top jobs for 2011:
ERP technical developer - Base compensation for these professionals is projected to increase 5.2 percent next year, to a range of $79,250 to $109,500. ERP enables organizations of all sizes and types to improve efficiency and cut costs. Since no two companies are alike, developers are in steady demand to customize software according to specific organizational needs.
Business intelligence analyst - Average starting salaries for business intelligence analysts will rise 5 percent, to between $82,500 and $116,250. Companies need analysts who can guide decision-making processes in a constantly changing business environment, and help reduce costs and better evaluate internal and external clients.
Data modeler - As firms analyze more complex data and create custom applications, they require skilled modelers who can design methods for handling, processing and evaluating material. Data modelers can expect base compensation in the range of $80,750 to $111,250, a gain of 4.5 percent over 2010 levels.
Mobile applications designer/developer - A new addition to The Creative Group 2011 Salary Guide, the mobile applications designer/developer role should command a starting salary of $73,250 to $102,500. Strong demand for these individuals is based on the growing popularity of smartphones and tablet computers; companies want to develop applications and advertising to target users of these devices.
User experience (UX) designer - As firms continue to seek greater revenue opportunities through digital initiatives, they require professionals with proven expertise in developing innovative and impactful online experiences for customers. Starting salaries for UX designers will have the largest increase of more than 100 creative roles listed in The Creative Group 2011 Salary Guide. Compensation is expected to rise 7.8 percent to a range of $67,500 and $98,000.
The new Robert Half Salary Guides include the 2011 Salary Guide from Robert Half for accounting and finance, produced by Accountemps, Robert Half Finance & Accounting and Robert Half Management Resources; the Robert Half Technology 2011 Salary Guide for technology professionals; the OfficeTeam 2011 Salary Guide for administrative positions; the Robert Half Legal 2011 Salary Guide for legal professionals; and The Creative Group 2011 Salary Guide for creative, marketing, web and communications staff.
Together, the guides contain salary data for more than 600 positions. Each guide is accompanied by an online Salary Center, offering current information and analysis on the employment environment, along with interactive Salary Calculators that enable users to quickly access local starting salary ranges.