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10 Recession-Proof IT Careers

10 Recession-Proof IT Careers

Eric Dahl / Inside Tech

March 19, 2009

#9 PHP Developer

As the backbone for many of today’s high-profile web applications and the fourth leg in the critical LAMP architecture, PHP remains one of the most important skills for a good Web engineer. Companies continue to make more and more of their data accessible on the Web, and those efforts have increased demand for PHP developers and engineers.

According to the most recent Foote Partners data, pay premiums for skilled PHP developers have risen 40% over the last year, indicating that companies are going the extra mile to recruit and retain good PHP engineers.

Salary: $76,000

Education: Though experienced coders can secure jobs without getting a degree, a BS in Computer Science is a nice start on the road to a career in PHP development, as is any IT or math-related degree.

Experience: As in any development-related career, employers will want to see some level of experience in the language you’ll be coding as well as on different sized development teams. Fortunately, it’s easy to pick up new languages like PHP by working on personal or open-source projects.

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