The overall employment generation by the IT sector is set to increase to 4.1 million in 2022, says a study by the National Skill Development Corporation. With technology at the centre of future growth and development, the IT industry is abuzz with opportunity. It saw a four per cent rise in talent demand during the last six months, as compared to the beginning of 2014 when it was down by three per cent, according to RecruiteX, a half-yearly recruitment report. Here are five profiles which will be in demand this year.

Quality Assurance/Testing

Skills needed: The job requires a strong knowledge of testing methodologies, the ability to write and execute test cases, to develop and maintain test automation and the ability to effectively communicate status to the management. Strong communication skills, flexibility, adaptability and willingness to learn new technologies and knowledge of HTML, CSS and Firebug for Mozilla Firefox are also crucial.

Salary: While entry level graduates can expect salaries between the range of Rs 1.5-3 lakh per annum, middle level professionals can expect anywhere between Rs 3-6 lakh per annum. Senior level professionals can be paid in the range of Rs 6-12 lakh per annum

Demand scenario: The demand for the profile witnessed an eight per cent increase in the last six months.

Projected demand*: The demand will grow by 20-25% in 2015.

*(With inputs from Aditya Narayan Mishra, president - staffing, Randstad India; Sunil Goel, managing director, Global Hunt; KapilTyagi, co-founder and chief product officer, Edureka; NileshGoradia head, pre-sales, India subcontinent, Citrix; and NinadKarpe, MD & CEO, Aptech Limited)