In February 2012, recruiters posted approximately 19,000 online advertisements for technology jobs requiring mobile development skills, reports Wanted Analytics. The number of new employment opportunities grew 82 percent from the same month in 2011, 295 percent compared to 2010 and over 400 percent from 2009.
The mobile internet has increasingly evolved with each new smartphone and tablet generation. Now, with LTE technology making it easier for more people to access the internet on-the-go, the demand for talent with mobile skills has grown immensely. Developing mobile interfaces and applications requires many skills, and software engineers, web developers and application developers are just a few of the roles many of these tech-savvy professionals will fill.
Recently, Research in Motion (RIM) listed a new position on its website that revealed its intent to hire developers for an undisclosed iOS enterprise application to be released through Apple’s App Store, according to Apple Insider.
An RIM spokesperson confirmed the project as part of its BlackBerry Mobile Fusion project stating, “In order for BlackBerry Mobile Fusion to perform advanced management functions for iOS devices, RIM will develop an on device client to be included as part of the overall solution.”
Mobile application development is on the rise and hiring top talent may help businesses appreciate success in 2012. RIM has found value in a strategic shift toward data services instead of hardware, and professionals may want to keep abreast of openings in the field of web technology for employment opportunities.

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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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