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MASON CITY, Iowa - Ryan Stephen has a passion for technology, and it seems like it's paying off.
“I was always interested in computers when I was very young; starting using computers in preschool it’s just been a passion of mine ever since then. It’s also nice to go in an industry that's growing with jobs available,” said Stephen.
A nationwide survey shows those with jobs like Stephen's and other occupations like accounting, agriculture and healthcare will get higher salaries.
At least in Iowa, folks will be above the national average.
For Stephen it's just another incentive that his career field is becoming much needed.
“There's not a huge amount of it jobs but more and more are opening up as businesses are starting to see the need and the growth potential that it can bring to the businesses,” said Stephen.
Tony Buhr, at Manpower in Mason City, is seeing the same thing.
“I think what you're seeing is, is that unemployment is very low and the competitive nature of the person you're trying to get skilled labor talent or something there already working,” said Buhr.
Buhr points out one downfall of the pay increase in certain fields, is explaining to others why they might not be seeing the same.
“Your neighbor to your left, neighbor to your right is paying this much more per hour, this may be the reason you're not getting your top talent and that's a tough conversation to have with them,” said Buhr.
But some hope it's the motivation others need to go after those higher paying positions.
“So it's basically just like finding any other job getting the hustle out there getting the applications and eventually finding a good fit for you,” said Stephen.
According to the survey, those working in technology industry that deal with designing mobile apps could see a salary boost of about 13%.
Those participating in the survey say they are very optimistic for the future in Iowa next year.
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