ESP’s 2013 Salary Survey: Higher Salaries for IT Professionals

Each year we monitor an2013 Salary Surveyd analyze hiring trends, including compensation and benefits in order to best serve you. Our annual salary survey presents data compiled from ESP’s recent placements, as well as national and local research.

Our 2013 Salary Survey projects average salary increases of 6.1% for professional IT staff, 4.5% for Managers, and 3.2% for IT Executives, as compared with our 2012 Salary Survey. Base salaries for Information Technology roles in Minnesota average 5.5% higher than the national average. The highest salary increases are in the areas of Application (9.9%), Mobile (9%) and Software Development (8.2%).

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Robots Aren’t Taking Our Jobs, They Are Our Jobs

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The demand for jobs with skills in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics has grown steadily over the past four years. While we’re still a far cry from the robot-babysitters of our inevitable future, there have been some amazing leaps in robotics and AI technology recently.

Wisegeek.com differentiates these two seemingly similar skill sets by focusing on the ability of robotics technology to react to stimuli whereas AI takes in information and can process only the received information to complete its tasks. Either way, with the very real advances being made in these fields, the long fictionalized robotic-takeover of society as we know it, may just be moving toward reality. Or maybe not.

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