As the nation eases out of a recession that has crippled the business world over the past two years, companies will soon start to think about hiring again.
Demand for accounting, information technology and administrative professionals should increase in the next year as companies look to fill these crucial positions with the candidates who are able to multitask and bring a varied skill set to the job, experts say.
And though experts expect salaries in many jobs to remain flat, some are expected to rise.
Robert Half International, a worldwide staffing firm, has compiled a list of 10 promising jobs for 2010, based on demand and expected salary increases in some fields.
Here’s a breakdown of what the firm says to look for:
1. Tax accountant
Why: Companies want tax accountants who can help their organizations save money using tax management strategies, according to Robert Half International. Businesses also need help staying compliant with tax regulations, the firm says.
Bottom line: Tax accountants in the Charlotte area with one to three years of experience at large companies (more than $250 million in sales) are expected to see an average starting salary between $49,290 and $65,100. That’s up roughly .5 percent from 2009.
2. Compliance director
Why: Robert Half International says firms need people who can help them comply with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission mandates and prepare for the potential transition to International Financial Reporting Standards. New regulations stemming from the financial crisis may mean greater demand for professionals with compliance expertise.
Bottom line: The starting salary range for a compliance director at a small company (up to $25 million in sales) in the Charlotte area is forecast to be between $88,775 and $115,010.
3. Credit manager/supervisor
Why: Companies need professionals who can help the bottom line by reducing inefficiencies and growing profitability, RHI says. That means there’s a high demand for credit and collections specialists who can evaluate credit risk, manage delinquent payments and help improve cash flow, according to RHI.
Bottom line: Credit managers/supervisors in small companies in the Charlotte region can expect a salary of between $45,050 and $60,950 in 2010.
4. Senior financial analyst
Why: Businesses need people who can study financial plans, including forecasts and budgets, and find ways to be more profitable, according to RHI.
Bottom line: A Charlotte-area senior financial analyst at a midsize company ($25 million to $250 million in sales) can expect to earn a starting salary between $61,215 and $78,440 in 2010.
5. Network administrator
Why: Cloud computing, Voiceover Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Software as a Service (SaaS) have significantly increased the complexity of and requirements placed on networks, and chief information officers interviewed by RHI cited network administration as the most in-demand skill set.
The bottom line: Network administrators in the Charlotte area can expect to see starting salaries in the range of $57,770 to $85,065 in the coming year.
6. Information systems security manager
Why: Making sure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information is safe from internal or external breaches is a must-have for companies of all sizes, according to RHI. That means these positions are vital.
The bottom line: The salary range for a Charlotte-area information systems security manager should be between $102,290 and $138,595.
7. Systems engineer
Why: As companies use new technologies, those who service them are key, RHI says. Systems engineers are needed to help build and maintain technical infrastructure and hardware.
The bottom line: Base compensation for these professionals in the Charlotte region should range between $68,105 and $98,845.
8. Medical records clerk
Why: As more hospitals, doctor’s offices and other healthcare organizations move to electronic medical records, clerks who can help supervise the scanning and processing of patient data will be in great demand, according to RHI.
The bottom line: These professionals can expect to earn a starting salary of $25,175 to $33,390 in the Charlotte area in 2010.
9. Customer service representative
Why: Hiring managers see customer service as the most critical aspect of their company’s success in the current economic climate, according to RHI.
The bottom line: A customer service representative in the Charlotte area should see a salary between $24,115 and $32,595 in 2010.
10. Executive assistant
Why: Versatility is important as companies that now find themselves with fewer employees look for people to take on a wider range of duties. Executive assistants who can fill several roles, support multiple managers and easily adapt to change are in particular demand, according to RHI.
The bottom line: An executive assistant in the Charlotte area can expect a starting salary of around $37,100 to $49,820.