Data Center Hiring Boom for 2011?

If the first three weeks of the year are any indication, 2011 may be a big year for data center hiring.  There’s been a strong surge in job postings on the Data Center Job Board, which currently features 29 job listings.

The companies that are hiring span the breadth of the industry, including Amazon, Savvis Communications,  DuPont Fabros, Latisys, Sabey Data Centers, Emerson Network Power, Johnson Controls, Geist, Parsons, Tate Access Floors, Lunarpages, Firehost, Norlinx, 3tSystems and Dartmouth College. A number of these companies are posting two and three jobs at a time.

What’s unusual about this? Historically it’s been unusual to see more than 10 jobs at a time listed on our job board.  It could be that the industry is simply recognizing that the Data Center Job Board is a great value (which it is). What about other job listing services?

While few have seen the spike we’ve had on our DCK board, the trend is clearly higher. Here’s a look at the trends at for data center job listings.

And here’s the steeper upward trend for jobs for the term “cloud computing,” which is ranked ninth among hot job trends (“HTML5” and “mobile apps” are the leaders).

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. This is really just a case of pent up demand that is starting to be released. Computing demand has been increasing continuously, but people have been hesitant to deploy more data center capacity. Now that money is starting to be released and data center capacity is beginning to increase again, we would expect that hiring would follow at a slight lag.