Tech salaries remained stagnant in 2023, prompting 93% of tech professionals to explore new opportunities, according to Dice’s latest Tech Salary Report. With the average tech salary at $111,193, companies are facing a surge in turnover as professionals seek roles offering more stability and security. The aerospace and defense industry leads in salary. The average salary in that industry grew 7.4% YoY. Tech work in national security is the place to be these days. Recruiters and candidates should take note.

Positions like Systems Administrators saw the fastest growth. Investing in data-related skills remains crucial, with Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) topping the pay scale. Additionally, strategic benefits such as remote work options and training programs are becoming increasingly vital for talent retention in the competitive tech landscape.

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Contract Opportunities to Watch: GDIT

General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) secures a significant $160 million training support services task order from the Army Contracting Command — Orlando, part of the broader $975 million Mission Training Complex Capabilities Support II (MTCCS) contract. Over the next five years, GDIT will train over 200,000 soldiers at U.S. Army’s III Armored Corps mission training complexes, integrating live, virtual, and constructive environments for immersive exercises. This contract underscores GDIT’s commitment to bolstering the operational readiness of the U.S. Army and expands its growing portfolio in defense training services.

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NASA makes a $3.7 million investment in 11 teams, marking the inception of the Science Mission Directorate’s (SMD) Bridge Program. This initiative fosters collaboration between NASA and institutions traditionally outside the agency’s research sphere, aiming to enhance accessibility and equity in the scientific community and NASA’s workforce. The program will be led by faculty from underrepresented institutions. The projects offer invaluable hands-on experience and mentorship, launching students into careers in STEM fields and giving them partnerships with NASA centers. With the potential to impact over 100 students, these grants are a pivotal step towards fostering a more diverse and robust STEM workforce. Applications for further funding opportunities are now open until March 29, extending the program’s reach and impact.

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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.