Need a job? SWMO’s hiring

Eric Olson, SBJ EditorSo you want to be a software developer making $80,000 a year? That reality could be yours.

In the last 60 days, companies such as Jack Henry & Associates, McKesson Corp. and Accenture have posted 34 software developer job openings in the Springfield area, according to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center’s May Real Time Labor Market Summary.

New job postings in the 60-day period totaled 5,155 in the Ozark region, which includes Branson, Ozark, Bolivar and Republic. Leading the way were hospitals (474 postings), hotels (208), banks (100) and colleges (81), the report said.

The most in-demand jobs are truck drivers (221 postings), retail salespersons (207), maintenance/repair workers (155) and customer service representatives (121).

Things are looking up in the customer service industry. Just today, T-Mobile announced it was hiring another 75 employees for its Springfield customer service and call center. Additionally, Communication Solutions, a business-to-consumer and business-to-business telemarketing services firm, broke ground this week for its second Springfield call center for 100 employee it plans to add in the fourth quarter. The company is budgeting a $5 million investment for the plans.

Back to software developers. Interested parties better be prepared for extensive training.

The preferred skills to land the jobs are “software engineering, extensible markup language, SQL, object-oriented analysis and design, Microsoft C# and debugging,” according to the MERIC report, which lists the software developers under the “Later Occupations” category, meaning bachelor’s degrees, specific work experience and possibly advanced degrees are required. Stands to reason with the healthy average pay rate of $80,600.

Other Later Occupations include occupational therapists, (39 postings), sales managers (37) and accountants (30). “Now Occupations” – those that usually require less than a month to one year of on-the-job training – include delivery service drivers (98 postings), tellers (80) and maids/housekeeping cleaners (78). “Next Occupations” – those that usually require more than a year of on-the-job training, sometimes specific work experience and generally an associate’s degree – include sales representatives (154 postings), registered nurses (115) and retail sales supervisors (114).

The companies with the most employment postings include the Mercy, Cox and Skaggs health systems, Missouri State University, Lowe’s Cos., Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Wyndham Worldwide. Nexstar’s Springfield station, KOLR 10, is in the midst of searching for a general manager after veteran Mark Gordon resigned in May, and at least six in the newsroom and a handful of account executives also have left in the past three months. See Springfield Business Journal’s story here.

While still too many are unemployed during this economic recovery, companies are hiring and there are opportunities to seize. Now, let’s get to work.

Here’s the full report:

MERIC’s May Real Time Labor Market Summary

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