Over the last generation, pay for some professions has risen much faster than the overall rate of inflation.
It probably comes as little surprise that pay for computer programers is rising fast. Technology is becoming ever more pervasive, and there's not a lot of people that can do it.
"It's really a seller's market," said Don Shafer, vice president of professional activities at the IEEE Computer Society. "There just aren't enough people to write the code."
Shafer did say that in today's market, it's not enough to just know how to code. New entrants to the industry need to know how the code they are writing will be used, and understand the larger business objectives behind a program.
Because there are so few programers who are familiar with both the technicals and the larger picture, he sees wages continuing to rise in the field.