In our previous installment in this series, we talked about how the role of IT professionals is evolving to have a much bigger impact on an organization. The changing roles of IT means more responsibility, yet it also means that there are going to be more jobs in the industry this year. The career outlook is bright for IT, with projections that companies will hire more professionals this year to deal with upping their technology. As far as what they’re looking for, they’re looking for programming and analytical skills in particular. Here’s some statistics from Computerworld’s survey:
- A total of 37% of respondents said that they plan to hire more IT engineers, up from 24% last year (only 17% will decrease and 46% will remain the same. Is that job security I smell?).
- Dust off that resume and brush up on some online courses: Among the most in-demand skills are knowledge of IT architecture and the ability to program and develop applications.
- While departments are planning to hire, they expect to face challenges to find certain skills. Specifically, security and business intelligence/analytics are desired skills that may be difficult to find.
To drive home the point that it’s a good time to either enter IT or stick with it, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that computer and information technology will be the fastest growing job industry. From now until 2024, there’s a projected 12% growth or 4.4 million total jobs that are expected to be added within that time frame. And, the median salary is almost double that of other professions, averaging at around $79,000 (cha-ching!).
If you’re curious about just what languages businesses are looking for in potential engineers, TIOBE’s index points to Java, C and C++ as the most popular languages (is it any surprise that Java is still on top?). And, in addition to the two skills listed above, CIO.com recently released an analysis of the ten most in-demand skills for 2016 IT professionals. They also cited IT architecture and programming applications as skills you should want to either learn or brush up on, as well as:
- Project management
- Big data
- Business intelligence/analytics
- Help desk/technical support
- Database administration
- Web development
The interesting thing about this list is that many of the above skills are actually built into IT asset management software, like ours here at Samanage. So, if your company is using such task management applications, that’s an easy win for you to fill up space on your resume.
So whether you’re looking for a new job or already have one in the industry, get out there and face it head on — the numbers are definitely on your side this year.