I am currently in Brazil working in a off-shore project involving Java, Swing, JSP, Struts, Oracle, UNIX. I have an approved H1-B visa sponsored by a Software Consulting company from Dallas, TX.
I am planning to interview for opportunities in the upcoming future. And I am wondering if someone could shed some light on the software development market in the US these days. How is the market for Software Engineers, C++/Java/Developers? What technologies are hot? Are companies hiring or contracting? What skills should I be concentrating on to get a job in the US? What is expected salary/rate? I am Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 (96%), have about 12 years total experience with software development (C/C++, Java, Visual Basic, Perl, PHP, Oracle PL/SQL). Lately, I have been working with Java (J2EE JSP/Servlets/Struts). I am also studying J2EE Web Services.
The market has really picked up in major cities, SF, NYC, Boston. as for salary, that really varies by location, and abilities. I've seen guys with 20 years experience in NYC worth $75k, and guys with 5 years experience worth twice that. You can try sites like salary.com but at the level you're at you are a much more important factor than bullet points.
Mark Herschberg, author of The Career Toolkit