Why UI Engineers Make More Money in Silicon Valley

There's no question UI Engineering is a top-paying career choice. The national average salary is over $95,000. Move to Silicon Valley, though, and you can add more than $15,000 to your pay: The average UI engineer salary in San Jose, California, is more than $111,000.

The reason for that is simple: Silicon Valley is still the heart of the tech industry, still full of startups looking for talent to help them crack the big leagues, still full of established tech firms like Google and Apple that need superstars to help them remain on top.

All of those companies are competing for a small pool of super-talented engineers, and that competition means big paychecks for developers with the right background and abilities. Compensation offers often comes with more than salary and standard benefits packages, with stock options and other perks. Those inducements are needed when the candidates with the best backgrounds receive and weigh multiple job offers.

It isn't just the competitive hiring situation that leads to high salaries. The costs of living in Silicon Valley, including owning a home and raising a family, are higher than in many other parts of the country. Higher salaries are needed to compensate for these higher costs.

For UI developers and other tech talent, working for these Silicon Valley companies is immensely appealing, and not just for the financial rewards. These tech companies are all about technology, and rather than tech supporting the business, tech drives the business, tech is the business. This lets engineers make a much more profound impact through their development work.

Finding these opportunities requires working with a recruiting firm with the connections to these top-paying companies and the insight to help you succeed in the hiring process. The Armada Group has been placing candidates for more than 20 years. Check out the Hot Jobs we're currently working to fill, and then contact us to speak with a recruiter. Our team will take the time to understand both your achievements and your aspirations, and match you to an opportunity where you can maximize your salary and your success.

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ruby comeback

For all the supposed logic required to program, choices of programming language are often fickle. Industry trends mean languages rise and fade in popularity. Even languages you may think are dead are not; COBOL still powers 70 to 80 percent of business transactions.

The language Ruby isn't nearly as old as COBOL and never reached its level of acceptance, but after a spurt of popularity in the first decade of the century, its usage dropped due mostly to performance concerns. Now, usage surveys show Ruby is rising again. Why?

Ruby on Rails supports web development.

Ruby underlies the Ruby on Rails web development framework. With many third-party libraries available, companies that use Ruby on Rails are able to develop websites quickly and easily, plus support them effectively. Since every business depends on its online presence, those characteristics make Ruby an appealing choice for development.

Ruby is interpreted.

In slower environments, the interpreted nature of Ruby could contribute to performance problems. On fast modern hardware, using an interpreted language eliminates the need for compiling code. That makes working with Ruby quicker and easier. Given the drive towards agile development, eliminating unnecessary steps that slow things down is very appealing.

Ruby has a strong community.

There's an established community that creates resources companies can leverage to make creating Ruby applications even easier. The many frameworks and libraries mean less need to write code from scratch and faster development. There's solid documentation, plus active forums where developers can get help resolving problems; Ruby has large StackOverflow and Meetup communities. All of that reassures businesses that they're not on their own if they choose Ruby.

Ruby is cross-platform.

Companies can use RubyMotion to write cross-platform applications that run on both iOS and Android mobile devices. This means developers don't need to learn special languages and tools to create mobile apps, letting companies use their developer resources more efficiently.

Ruby is easy to learn.

Because finding technically qualified employees is so difficult, companies need to invest in training their own staff. They want this investment to pay off quickly. Ruby is easy to learn, so companies that develop in Ruby can easily grow staff who can contribute to these projects. As an easy-to-learn language that makes it easy to prototype, Ruby offers companies a great way to make progress fast.

Looking for a Ruby job or Ruby developers? The Armada Group knows who has the skills and who needs them. Whether you're a Ruby developer or you want to hire one, contact us to talk to a recruiter who can connect you to Ruby careers and Ruby professionals.


Armada Dec Tech Jobs What to Expect in 2016

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to find a better job, the good news is that's a resolution you can keep. Here's a look at trends in technology jobs for next year. Happy job hunting and happy 2016!

The good news is that technology is still one of the best careers with the most opportunities. Employment in technology is expected to grow 18 percent by 2022, compared to less than 11 percent growth in other industries.

You can build your career around a specific industry. Working long-term in a particular industry builds business knowledge that adds to the value of your technical skills; it makes it easier for you to talk to business users and understand their exact requirements. One business with great demand for tech workers is healthcare IT; with physicians and hospital systems struggling to adopt electronic health records, tech workers who can build more easy-to-use medical applications and keep the information secure will find lots of opportunities.

You can also build your career around specific hands-on technical skills. Database developers have never been in more demand; the growth of big data has created many opportunities for data scientists and database administrators. Learn newer tools like NoSQL databases in addition to traditional relational database skills, and you'll be well-positioned for work. Programming skills also remain in high demand, especially for web and mobile applications.

There are plenty of technology jobs in support and management roles, too. The adoption of cloud computing has put stress on company processes for deploying and supporting applications; as a result, careers in DevOps – where you oversee application rollouts and monitor their production performance – are growing. Project management is another growing career; if you don't mind giving up the joy of writing code and are willing to take on the planning and tracking work, there are six-figure salary opportunities.

The unending stream of highly public security breaches at major companies has companies of all sizes reviewing their information security policies; cloud computing has also made security a hot topic for many businesses. As a result, security engineers are in great demand. Companies need to plug holes in their security teams to plug holes in their networks and applications.

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