As 2002 dawns, job market has some bright spots

So you think the most influential stories on the current IT employment market are layoffs, spending cuts, hiring slowdowns, cancelled projects and anal-retentive CFOs? Don’t get me wrong – things are definitely tough. But it seems we’re being spoon-fed a little too much gloom and doom.

There are plenty of other trends and new developments that translate into bona fide opportunities for any IT worker mapping out a new near-term job strategy. Let’s start 2002 right by focusing on a few things that caught my attention in my company’s latest research survey, involving nearly 2,000 employers.