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Top IT Skills You Need for a Successful Career

September 15, 2014 Information Technology, General 0 Comments

Now is a great time to break into the information technology (IT) field since the job market is on the rise and demand is increasing for technical professionals with top IT skills. These professionals — especially those entering the job market — are quickly finding out that these new job opportunities make for great careers. So what's the secret to breaking into this field?

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Every major company in almost every industry has a facet of business that requires the use of software. From software developers and programmers to technical writers and database managers, software knowledge will help propel you onto a great career path.

In a round-table discussion with TechRepublic, Shan Fowler of Benefitfocus explained that companies in all industries can be considered software companies because technology is now involved at every level of a modern company's organization.

Big Data

Big data is the term for the vast amount of data that is collected, stored and analyzed for intelligence-gathering, business improvements and management of various organizational systems.

"Data is exploding all over the IT scene," Garth Schulte, a trainer at CBT Nuggets, said in the discussion. The IT all-stars will be those who know languages such as Hadoop and NoSQL, he said.

Knowing the Cloud

Forbes reported that cloud use is expected to grow by 17.4 percent each year until 2017, with businesses having spent over $100 billion on cloud services in 2012 alone. The languages in demand in this sector are Javascript, HTML, CSS and those needed to develop mobile apps, such as Java for Android and Objective-C for iOS. Furthermore, it will be important to know server-side languages such as Python, PHP and Ruby as well as database languages such as SQL and Hadoop.

Mobile Development

Consumers are using mobile apps and smartphones more than ever. Professionals with top IT skills who know how to build these apps will be successful. However, it is important for developers to continue learning about progress in the mobile world to stay competitive. UX engineers will grow rapidly in the coming years since more applications — especially mobile apps — will require intuitive interfaces.

Technical Support

Companies need a savvy and well-equipped help desk to supply their customers and employees with the support they need to run smoothly. Tech support professionals must be able to troubleshoot anything from hardware and software problems to networking issues and customer-related concerns.

Networking

According to Computerworld, "Demand for networking skills jumped to No. 3 from eighth place last year. This correlates with the results of a recent survey by IT hiring firm Robert Half Technology, in which 55 percent of the respondents named network administration as the skillset most in demand, along with database management."

As demand for wireless technology jumps 9 percent each year, it's no wonder employment among network and systems administrations is at a shockingly low 1.1 percent. Job security in this field is massively high, and positions are constantly opening up.

Project Management

Businesses are set to hire people who understand how systems work together. If you know the limits of a piece of hardware that is being used by a certain department and how that will ultimately affect another side of the business, companies will want to hire you as a project manager.

Ultimately, the biggest trends in the coming years will be the continued demand and search for IT talent. Those with a broad range of skills and a specialization in complex functions will likely see upswings in opportunities and job security as demand grows.

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