NVTC is inviting members and industry leaders to serve as guest bloggers, sharing insights and information on trends or business issues relevant to other members. In the below post, Marc Berman of member company Vector Technical Resources shares technical skills that employers will be looking for in the near and long-term future.
What are the IT skills that employers are looking for in 2014 and beyond? Thanks to the rise of the mobile device, organizations’ reliance on big data, and the ever-present threat of cyber attacks, IT hiring is currently on the rise. Companies are looking for information technology pros with expertise in:
- Big Data – Big data is all the rage, and it’s not going away any time soon. Organizations are hungry for even the smallest bit of information that they can capture in order to help them gain a competitive edge in the marketplace. Developers with skills in Apache will be valuable in the marketplace as businesses move away from relational database management systems (RDBMS) and move towards NoSQL databases to manage big data.
- Database Development – Big data requires big databases. CIOs are looking to staff their teams with individuals who can manage these critical systems. Specifically, they are on the hunt for those skilled in Oracle, Informatica, MongoDB, and MySQL.
- Information Security – Every advancement in technology brings new advancements in hacking. Cyber attacks are on the rise, and employers are looking for IT professionals who can help maintain network security. Those with skills in auditing, risk management, cloud security and mobile security are in particularly high demand.
- SAP – While SAP skills are not as new and flashy as big data and mobile apps, they are critical to business operations. As more IT pros move toward these sexier areas of expertise, they have left a major void in SAP, and many organizations are struggling to find qualified individuals to fill those open positions.
Hiring trends in technology are always changing. Expertise that is in demand one year can be out of fashion the next. Knowing the skills that employers will be looking for in the near and long-term future can help IT professionals plan their careers. It can also guide them in identifying the new skills they will need to gain in order to remain relevant and competitive in the employment marketplace.