time of predictions. So what is the outlook for IT professionals in 2017?
Bright surely. As is the case every year even this year the predictions for
tech sector are good. Tech professionals will see some skills drop off the most
in-demand list but will see others added. And this is nothing new.
the skills that tech job seekers need in 2017 to advance their careers? It is
the right time to acquire these skills to beat competition.
Cloud Computing tops the list
distributed computing tops the list once again and has bagged this position for
the last two years. These two are clubbed together because underlying concepts
are same and skills required are related. Cloud computing services market is
expected to reach $127 billion by the end of 2017 predict industry analysts.
What specific skills are
languages. SQL for database management and DevOps. These are skills at the
cutting-edge of technology and IT professionals with these are in high demand.
Big Data is
king. As competition among companies intensifies, so does the demand for data
that makes sense. Enormous amount of data is being collected but it is of no
use if not analyzed to convert into information that provides significant value
and insights into say online behavior of the customer and purchasing pattern,
been collected by companies for a long time but now the vast amount is being
analyzed using tools to stay competitive in the marketplace. SAS programming
and R language are skills in demand. R is very strong for pure data analysis.
After the vast amount of data
is analyzed by data scientists, it has to be converted or presented in a form
that everyone will understand. It involves creating data models using symbols,
diagrams and text that can be understood by professionals and executives in the
company. In text-based data, correlations, trends and patterns may not be
detected as clearly as in visual context. Hence, tech professionals proficient
in using data visualization software are in demand.
User interface design
adoption increases across the board by people of all ages in all countries,
designing a user interface that is easy to interact with gains significance
while planning web applications, websites, mobile apps and all digital
interfaces. As is evident, this design has to cater to different segments of
users on different platforms and help them achieve their tasks with ease and
efficiency. In this age of instant gratification and constant use, the
interface needs to be attractive and intuitive so that minimum effort is
required by users.
experience and satisfaction is a top priority of all companies. Much research
and analysis is required to gain insights into user behavior and design the
interface. User Interface (UI) experts are in demand. Minimum skills required
are graphic design and front-end web development.
Mobile development has been
in demand for past few years and it continues to grow due to the increasing use
of devices such as tablets and smartphones by everyone. Also, the need for ‘on
the go’ access will propel the development mobile apps for Android and iOS.
Companies do not see a slowdown in demand for such apps and continue to look
for professionals with these skills.
Software engineers with
cross-platform development ability are sought after as companies aim to launch
apps on different types of platforms or devices. Other desired skills are agile
methodologies and understanding of User Interface and User experience
No one can doubt the
importance of Cybersecurity in today’s digital world. Security breaches can cause
havoc in all aspects of life – political, military, business, personal
finances, health and other areas. Some breaches jeopardize security of an
entire country. The seriousness is evident. Robust systems are required to
prevent such breaches.
Businesses need to have
systems in place to protect computers, networks, and data from unauthorized
access and theft of their consumers’ sensitive and confidential data.
Cybersecurity skills will always be in high demand.
acquire include deep knowledge of firewalls, operating systems and networks
along with scripting language expertise and overall software development