Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tech Skills Needed in 2015

become the top IT dog in today's competitive industry
Become the top IT dog in today's competitive industry
What moves faster than a speeding bullet? Superman, right? Wrong. Technology moves even faster than the Man of Steel. Those brave souls scouting for a new career path or the fresh-faced individuals straight out of college have to keep up with the trends or lose out. Imagine spending years, and in some countries a small fortune, on a top education in the latest tech only to find that your skills are outdated. The only thing for job hunters to do is to try keep abreast of the industry expectations and also to make sure that the popular non-certified tech skills form part of their repertoire.

What's hot?

According to an analysis made by LinkedIn recruiters, the IT skills that are making the tech world revolve these days are:

  • Mobile development
  • Web architecture
  • Virtualization
  • Algorithm design
  • Development framework
  • Middleware
  • Integration software
  • Java development 
  • SEO/SEM marketing
  • Channel marketing
  • IC design

Non-certified skills

Candidates not only need to work hard to achieve some of the above hard-earned skills to ensure their place on the high-tech corporate ladder, they have to stock up on non-certified skills to ensure fiscal growth. David Foote of Foote Partners and CIO magazine conducted a study recently with the aim of finding out which non-certified IT skills are lately required for higher compensation in the workplace - with some interesting findings. Foote and CIO.com discovered that there is a completely new set of skills that are vital before recruiters start hammering on doors, including:

  • Cloud skills
  • Big data analytics
  • Business intelligence
  • Apache Cassandra and Apache CouchDB
  • NoSQL
  • MongoDB
  • Security skills - including mobile security
  • Management process and methodology skills
  • Prescriptive analytics

Although this is by no means an all-inclusive instructional list of how to become the top IT dog in today's competitive industry, it would certainly pay candidates to explore further learning options in these areas.

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