The Hottest Tech Skills for 2017

A Look at the Tech Skills and Soft Skills That Will Get You Hired…

Want to grab a tech manager’s undivided attention? Acquiring highly sought-after technical and non-technical skills can put you on the radar of recruiters and potential employers who are always on the lookout for passionate technology professionals with cutting-edge capabilities.

Learning the right combination of tools, processes and methodologies can not only boost your paycheck, but give you the fundamental knowledge to transfer into a hot specialty or emerging field. To help you plan your next move, here’s a look at the skills employers want most.

DevOps-related skills experienced the biggest surge in demand over the past year, based on data compiled and analyzed exclusively for Dice by John Grant, researcher with IT Jobs Watch.

Many of the practices, tools and methodologies that come together to create DevOps’ more efficient and collaborative approach to continuous software delivery and rapid deployment received high individual rankings in the IT Jobs Watch analysis as well.

For instance, Agile, Scrum, Continuous Integration, Test-Driven Development (TDD), Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) and Kanban were some of the top-rated processes and methodologies; while Jenkins and Puppet were top-rated tools.

Employers are also looking for experience with Marathon and Docker container technologies noted Hayley Killengrey, principal consultant with Trust In Soda Ltd., a London-based boutique digital talent agency.

“Many of the in-demand skills for DevOps are actually soft skills,” Killengrey added. “Specifically, employers are looking for passionate professionals to serve as advocates and drive cultural change by speaking at conferences.”

Cloud Computing
When it comes to careers in Cloud Computing, the sky’s the limit. Global CIOs recently ranked building cloud competencies through hiring as a key priority, so it’s not surprising that skills related to cloud services and platforms are growing in popularity based upon the IT Jobs Watch market analysis.

For example, Cloud computing platform, Microsoft Azure, and competitor, Amazon Web Services, ranked second and third respectively in terms of seeing the biggest surge in interest from employers.

Other top gaining skills included Office 365, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).

Programming and Development
Are you a polyglot programmer? If you are, you’ve probably seen your personal stock price soar. Whether you’re striving for polyglot status or just want to add another high-powered programming language to your tool belt, you can’t go wrong with Python or Scala which are in high demand among UK employers.

When it comes to frameworks, standards and processes, employers are looking for experience with Node.js backend Killengrey noted as well as AngularJS, React and ASP.NET Web API. Other highly valuable competencies include: Git distributed version control system, issue-tracking platform, JIRA or development in a Microservices Architecture Environment.

If you’re looking to learn an advantageous soft skill/methodology, kick your Agile skills up a notch by mastering the art of crafting concise, compelling user stories.

Information Security
Nearly 82 percent of the respondents in a recent Intel study reported a lack of security talent within their organizations. Small wonder that job opportunities abound for professionals who have experience with Cybersecurity processes and methodologies.

Highly technical skills that are needed most in all eight countries surveyed by Intel include:

Intrusion Detection, Secure Software Development and Attack Mitigation. Some of the most sought-after soft skills include the ability to collaborate, manage a team or communicate effectively.

Big Data and Business Intelligence
Worldwide revenues from big data and business analytics will grow more than 50 percent by 2019 according to International Data Corporation (IDC). In addition, businesses are boosting their in-house capabilities to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the growth of IoT products and services.

As a result, the demand for general big data and data analytics skills continues to soar.

If you’re searching for an opportunity to grow your career and paycheck in 2017 and beyond, some of the most valuable skills according to IT Jobs Watch include open source big data processing frameworks Apache Spark and Hadoop, NoSQL databases and business analytics toolset, Power BI. Happy hunting!

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