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In an effort to create the industry's only picture of hiring and salary trends for storage professionals, Storage has once again surveyed its readership about their salary and employment. In addition to the survey's more than 220 respondents, we interviewed a number of storage employees, IT managers and industry observers to get further insights into the storage hiring situation.
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Overall, respondents like working in storage. "I love it here. It's an opportunity to expand my horizons," says a senior systems engineer at a major Colorado defense contractor. The company just reorganized storage into its own department and may even hire more storage people next year.
But not everybody is thrilled. "My management doesn't care about storage. It doesn't get any attention until something breaks and then it's a crisis," says a WAN/LAN administrator at a New Hampshire-based government contractor. He'd like to move on, but "there's not much opportunity here. I was out of work for a year until I got hired here last year," he adds.
This year, salaries grew approximately 5% ($78,097 on average) over what this year's survey respondents reported for 2003. Still, the economy continues to be problematic for IT professionals. "Overall, IT has seen a bit of an expansion in hiring, but it has been more like two steps forward and one step back," says Terry Phillips, branch manager at Robert Half Technology, a national recruiting firm in Columbus, OH. Phillips' advice to storage professionals: Approach the market with caution.
But pockets of the storage community are experiencing an upturn. "We're seeing the need for storage steadily increasing," says Charlie Westling, president and chief operating officer at Datalink Corp., Chanhassen, MN. The storage consulting vendor hired approximately a dozen storage professionals this past year and expects to hire another dozen in 2005.
This was first published in December 2004