In a June survey by the IT jobs site Dice.com, 65% of hiring managers and recruiters said they will hire more tech professionals in the second half of 2011 than in the previous six months.  So, which jobs have the greatest growth potential — and stand the best chance of withstanding outsourcing or another economic downturn?

To find those hottest of hot jobs, CIO.com searched on IT hiring sites like Dice and Modis and talked with IT execs about the skills they’re looking for in the year to come. Our sources point to a cluster of new job titles created to make IT more agile, more social, and more tightly intertwined with business.

Their results are not scientific. The six job titles they came up with have actually been listed, but they weren’t picked based on frequency of appearance or random sample polling. Instead, CIO picked them because they answer the real needs of businesses that want to prepare for the future. In short, they are expected to pay well, have staying power, and truly influence the organization either now or in the future.

  1. Business Architect
  2. Data Scientist
  3. Social Media Architect
  4. Mobile Technology Expert
  5. Enterprise Mobile Developer
  6. Cloud Architect

What do you think about this list?  Do you agree with it (Ripe) or think other titles should be in here (Hype)?  What are your thoughts?  Use the comments section below to share the titles you think are the jobs of the future for IT.

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