As IT job market heats up, tech stress levels drop

Many IT pros feel more secure today about their career prospects, but some roles are still extremely stressful.

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The shortage of skilled IT workers may be troublesome to hiring managers, but according to a study by TEKsystems, it has resulted in at least one positive side effect for the current IT workforce: lower stress.

“Demand for IT skills is absolutely through the roof,” says Jason Hayman, TEKsystems research manager. “If I’m in IT, I’m not worried about where my next paycheck is coming from. That goes a long way toward alleviating stress.”

According to the talent management company’s annual survey, stress levels have dropped dramatically. For example, only 11% of entry-to mid-level IT professionals and 13% of senior-level IT execs reported high stress levels. That’s down significantly from last year, when 30% and 32% of IT professionals, respectively, reported the work they were doing to be the most stressful of their career.

So, what’s changed?

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