In case you aren’t familiar with LinkedIn – it’s one of the social networks used for professional networking. Employers post jobs and job seekers post their resumes. Members create profiles and then connect to each other.
LinkedIn is the world’s largest social network. Yes, you read that right. Largest in the entire world. So, if you’re looking for a job or building your career, you must check it out and get yourself on there.
Since they know their stuff, it’s important to take a look at their recent data. LinkedIn looked at billions of data points and analyzed all the hiring and recruiting activity that occurred on its site 2016.
Through their research, they identified the most sought-after skills by employers.
If you’re thinking of pursuing a career in the tech industry, consider choosing one of the skills listed below. This list represents skills in high demand and will give you a greater chance at standing out from the crowd when applying for jobs.
The internet is the new advertising venue, soon to displace magazine, newspaper, and TV ads. Instead, companies use the web to connect employees, clients, partners, and customers.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of web developers is projected to grow 27 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
MOBILE APPLICATIONS & DEVICE MANAGMENT
Users want our existing platform) and applications to display in a responsive way, meaning the code used in a website knows when it's running on a mobile platform (like your phone or tablet) and should display in a mobile-friendly way.
So, expertise in mobile apps are an especially sought-after IT skill-set. Actually, because anything on the web must be able to be read on a mobile device, employers expect their developers to have mobile skills as part of their skill-set.
Gone are the days of the nerdy developer with no social skills. These days, employers are looking for people who not only design and manage apps but also have customer-facing skills to be able to get feedback about what users like and don't like.
SECURITY AND COMPLIANCE
Recently, there have been famous companies such as Target's data breach where some 40 million debit and credit card account info was stolen (and cost Target $252 million), the Ashley Madison hook-up site data breach (which outed Josh Duggar as a cheater), and Hilary Clinton’s emails which ended up on Wikileaks (some speculate that leak may have cost her the election).
These high-profile cases have brought to light the seriousness of IT security. Securing a company’s information and data is one of the top priorities in our technology driven culture today.
Security is an ever-evolving threat, and it takes work to make sure IT skills are up to date. There's a new need for all IT staffers to have security training as part of their skill-set so infrastructure and data security become routine parts of everyone's duties.
Recognized credentials such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is a much sought after certification by employers. Modis IT recruiters see IT security having 18% growth by 2024. There are far fewer people to fill the roles needed in this career path.
More and more companies are migrating infrastructure to the cloud. Employers are seeking techs who can work with cloud technologies - supporting integration and engineering the architecture needed for a cloud environment.
Cloud technology is growing so fast, the workforce can't keep up - cloud architects, software engineers with cloud experience, DevOps engineers, system administrators & network engineers who have cloud experience are job postings you will see envelop the job boards.
The demand for SQL programmers and other skills related to database administration has a forecasted growth of 11% by 2024. Proficiency in data modeling and database design rank high, as does the ability to ensure database performance and data integrity.
In addition to the nerdy behind the scenes know-how, employers expect their DBAs to be able to put themselves in the shoes of the user to figure out how to improve data quality and to understand the user experience. Again, social skills are necessary.
Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, requires a master's degree and a track record of successfully managing projects, as well as the ability to collaborate with various business partners and juggle multiple projects.
Employers are looking for certified candidates who show they understand the technical and functional elements of the role, and that they can communicate with people and lead teams.
Their job requires the ability to manage the hardware & software components while connecting all the functions together while providing great performance and security. PMPs need to have an understanding of all the parts involved in the functioning of the system.
There's no question about it - the IT workforce is evolving quickly. It's important to track trends to better understand and prepare for this ever-changing and complex technology job market. Based on the latest research and findings, there's some fantastic growth in future. If you're planning a career in technology, you're in for a wild and exciting ride!