"Projections on the strength of the recovery may be mixed, but most agree that 2004 will finally mark an increase in spending in the information technology sector - spending that should result in improved job growth for IT professionals with the right skills" (Steven McMahan, "Optimistic IT Employment Outlook").

If the forecasts are true about IT software and equipment spending being on the rise, the demand for skilled technology professionals will assuredly follow suit. A recent article by journalist Sharon Gaudin ("Linux Skills in High Demand as IT Jobs Pick Up,") supports the theory. Gaudin writes, "At this time last year, Dice.com was listing about 25, 000 jobs. Today, there are more than 50,000 jobs listed. And a year ago, there were 860 to 900 Linux-related jobs listed, while there are 2,500 listed now."

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