It appears as if there are plenty of jobs for computer system professionals in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Industry experts across the country said that they are also on the hunt for high-tech workers, even as other industries appear to be at an economic standstill.

The director of the North East Ohio Software Association (NEOSA), Brad Nellis, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that a recent survey of its more than 2,500 members found that 68 percent of companies plan on adding to their workforce during the next year.

“Historically, the number of companies with current openings remains very high; in fact, it's the highest it's been in the more than 5 years that we've been doing this survey,” Nellis noted.

According to the recent unemployment numbers, Cleveland is not the only exception when it comes to hiring in the high-tech sector.

The Wall Street Journal reports that almost 6,000 new jobs were added nationwide in June 2010 in the computer systems industry, including work for designers, installers and programmers.

During the last year alone, U.S. job growth in high tech rose by approximately 70,000 new positions.

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Posting slower-than-expected revenue growth, flash software maker Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced it would be laying off hundreds of workers in the U.S. and Europe. The news isn't quite so bleak for New York software developer Altair, who has nearly 600 open positions advertised on its website.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the California-based Adobe said it would be cutting as many as 750 jobs in order to better concentrate on its digital media and digital marketing departments.

Adobe said the restructuring also included a bigger investment in its web formatting called HTML5, rather than its popular Adobe Flash player.

Meanwhile, the Troy, New York-based simulation software maker Altair is looking to fill hundreds of jobs at its headquarters and other offices around the world, according to

The company said it was having trouble finding qualified workers with technical degrees. Altair said it recently held 10 job fairs with a focus on hiring talented students, mostly from master's degree programs. The company also announced a new internship program, which is set to get underway next summer.

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Computer giant Apple is on the look out for more senior level executives with knowledge of the emerging cloud business. The news comes as industry experts say the sector may level out after an initial increase in its cyber workforce.

The Wall Street Journal reports Apple is on a hiring spree, with 168 current online postings for jobs at its iOS software division. In recent weeks, the company has been recruiting senior-level executives with experience in web-based software as part of its plan to expand its applications and services to compete with Microsoft and Google.

According to the news agency, Google is also looking for a slew of experienced software application engineers and currently has 365 listings for available jobs.

Meanwhile, industry analysts are predicting that demand for cyber-related jobs may begin to decline because the move to the cloud could help corporations do more with fewer workers.

Larry Dignan of ZDNET told Form Tek magazine the demand for data-center IT staff members will start to dwindle by 2020.

“The long-run value proposition of IT is not to support the human workforce – it is to replace it,” Dignan noted.

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Red Hat, one of the biggest commercial Linus vending companies, plans to hire at least 1,000 new workers this year

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Two major medical device companies will be expanding operations into Northeast Ohio.
Phillips Healthcare, maker of diagnostic, clinical and home healthcare products, recently announced it plans to move approximately 100 jobs from its San Jose, California, operations to Highland Heights, Ohio, according to the Plain Dealer.
The company said the move is part of an effort to consolidate its nuclear medicine division. Most of the new jobs will be part of the research and development division with an average salary of $115,000 per year.
Meanwhile, Steris Corporation, which manufacturers medical-equipment sterilizers and other healthcare equipment, said it was planning what it called a “significant” investment in the region that would create a number of new jobs.
Although the details of the deal have not yet been disclosed, Steris is expected to take advantage of state aid, as well as incentives from the nonprofit BioEnterprise, a group dedicated to build the region’s biomedical economy.
Baiju Shah, executive officer of BioEnterprise, told the Plain Dealer that more job creation from Phillips and Steris would help strengthen the state’s healthcare sector.
“Both of these companies are important flagship companies for the region. And both are leaders within their respective areas in the medical industry,” Shad noted.

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