Employers across the country and across industries continue to find the hiring environment for technical positions to be challenging, and data positions dominate the list of most-wanted new hires.

The low unemployment rate for IT occupations is one factor. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate for computer and mathematical occupations – a reasonable approximation of IT positions – was 2.6 percent in December 2015. That’s far lower than the national employment rate of 5 percent.

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