IT Skills: Whats Hot and Whats Not
Here are the desired IT skillsets along with areas losing significance, according to reports from hiring community Dice.
Like the repetition in the famed Steve Ballmer keynote (and accompanying meme), enterprises need developers. These three specific and hot developer positions represent the trend Dice see as the closer to the application, the stronger the job market.
Data shows its increasing role as the oil in the enterprise machine, as number crunchers rank fourth in Dices career assessment, the first time it has ever appeared on the firms annual list of top jobs. Specifically, anything pertaining to unstructured or big data capabilities is in demand, as Dice reports advanced analytics position postings on its site have tripled year-over-year.
A bit more general than the other developer positions at the top of the career forecast, software developers have also slipped to fifth hottest IT job from its no. 2 ranking in 2012. Still, software developer skills maintain healthy interest from hiring managers.
On the flip side of trendy jobs, mainframe programming is less of a priority in the past, according to a recent Dice survey of 1,100 tech-focused hiring professionals. The firm attributes some of the low priority found presently for mainframe positions to the attention seen elsewhere for Web and mobile developers. However, mainframes remain indispensable to many enterprises, particularly in the government sector, and more mainframe positions may be ahead as this generation nears retirement.
Computer support specialists hovered around 6-percent unemployment, the highest rate for an identified field by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As far as entry-level specialists, everyone has to start somewhere, though Dice said the low priority for first-rung talent reflects enterprise need for core attributes like passion, creativity and self-motivation, [and] a bachelors degree and more than a passing familiarity with advanced skills.
Although administrative careers ranked lowest on the IT hiring priority list, Dice explains it this way: While hiring pros say finding the sets of helping hands to work behind the scenes ranks as their lowest priority entering 2013, that doesnt mean the hiring criteria isnt demanding everything from Lotus Notes to Excel to SAP invoice-processing skills. Just because becoming a PowerPoint power user is easier to do than developing the next PowerPoint program, doesnt mean these cogs in the machine arent vital.
The latest software or business buy-in can only go so far if you dont have staff with the proper skills. So what are the IT abilities emerging on the edges of the enterprise?
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