Are you prepared for the 2017-2018 job market? What are some of the hottest tech jobs out there? Where should IT professionals concentrate their training and educational focus? Here are just a few of the top tech jobs organizations are looking to fill in 2017 and beyond. Whether you are looking to train your staff to enhance organizational performance or seeking advanced skills to add to your own toolbox, these are the areas most in demand:
The focus on cybersecurity is more critical than ever, as hackers continually up their game and outsmart the latest security measures. Cybercriminals are breaching organizations at record rates, collecting massive amounts of sensitive data, personal information, intellectual assets and other protected material. In fact, by 2021, global cybercrime damage is projected to hit $6 trillion annually. Tech security is hot in every vertical, and high-level cyber security experts are in huge demand. There were 1 million cybersecurity job openings in 2016, with not enough workers to fill them, and a cybersecurity workforce shortage is projected through at least 2021.
Cloud computing is continuing its trajectory into the stratosphere, with more companies adopting cloud infrastructure, cloud storage, cloud software and cloud hardware. The cloud market was valued at $148 billion in 2016 and is growing by 25% annually. Worldwide spending on public cloud services could reach over $141 billion by 2019, according to IDC. Recent research indicates that the biggest challenge facing the cloud market today is a lack of expertise, with many organizations reporting that their IT departments were poorly prepared to handle cloud expansion. Clearly, Cloud specialists are in great demand, and the more skills cloud experts can master, the more opportunities they will have for promotions, advancement and career goals.
Enterprise organizations are on the hunt for savvy DevOps engineers, and according to recent studies, out of organizations that implemented DevOps: 63% experienced improvement in the quality of their software deployments; 63% released new software more frequently; 55% noticed improved cooperation and collaboration, and 38% reported a higher quality of code production. Desirable DevOps specialists have experience in an extensive range of hard and soft skills. They should understand infrastructure automation tools, web languages, CI tools, negotiation, team-building, communication, problem-solving and mediation. Also helpful: knowledge of software build cycles, project management, software architecture and scrum.
According to IDC, the Big Data and analytics market is expected to be worth more than $187 billion in 2019, up from $122 billion in 2015. Services, software, hardware, and analytics are all part of the Big Data spend, and organizations are looking for professionals who can handle advanced data management, data analytics, larger data sets, reporting and data applications. Industries most involved with Big Data include government, telecom, retail, healthcare, banking/finance and manufacturing. Big Data analytics is just now scratching the surface of new data-driven initiatives, and this field is enjoying explosive growth as more and more organizations climb aboard the Big Data bandwagon.