As we fly past the halfway point in 2014, IT pros are well advised to 1.) Note how quickly time passes, and 2.) Assess where they stand in relation to career plans moving forward. IT is a dynamic, fast-paced industry. Informed career planning and sustained self-improvement is vital to continued success. While exact predictions about the future are best left to accredited prophets, there are many industry pundits whose livelihood depends on deep research, comprehensive surveys and accurate forecasts. In line with this, we’ve pulled together a comprehensive roundup of hot IT skills in 2014. The year’s halfway point affords a good opportunity to see whose forecasts are spot on, and who missed the mark. Our roundup is general in nature, but SAP pros should take heart in the fact that SAP pros rank among the IT industry’s elite in terms of both pay and career opportunity. We hope you find incorporating this data helpful in your decision-making for 2015 and beyond.
2014 Hot IT Skills Roundup:
8 Hot IT Jobs For 2014 (InformationWeek)
It's unlikely there will be any seismic shifts that completely upend the technology skills, roles, and titles that employers want.
8 Hot IT Jobs For 2014 (Computerworld)
32% of companies expecting to increase head count in their IT shops, compared with 33% in 2013, according to Computerworld's annual Forecast survey.
The Top Ten IT Skills for 2014 (Global Knowledge)
Good compilation of hiring and salary surveys from sources such as the 2014 IT Skills and Salary Survey from Global Knowledge and Windows IP Pro, TEKsystems' 2014 Annual IT Forecast, Foote Research Group's 2014 IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index, Computerworld's annual Forecast survey, Robert Half Technology Survey, and information from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Futurestep, Mondo, GovLoop, and Dice
The Top Ten IT Skills for 2014 (ITBusinessEdge)
Instead of waiting for a perfect applicant, about half of the employers surveyed are planning to train those who are short on the IT skills but have experience in the organization's field, up 10 percent from 2013. About 25 percent are sending employees back to school.
Best IT Certifications for 2014 (Tom’s IT Pro)
Your best bet for career advancement is to validate your skills and knowledge through a carefully chosen combination of certification credentials.
Top IT Job Skills for 2014: Big Data, Mobile, Cloud, Security (TechRepublic)
The IT job market is on the rise, and top jobs include anything in big data, mobile, cloud or security.
Top IT Skills For 2014 (Forbes)
Information technology departments across all industries are expected to rapidly expand throughout 2014, which is good news for IT professionals.
10 Most In-Demand Software Development Skills for 2014 (CyberCoders)
We analyzed the hiring requirements for thousands of tech companies and consulted with our top tech recruiters to determine which software development skills will be the most in-demand in 2014.
Top 10 IT Skills Essential for 2014 (CRN)
For IT professionals dealing with clients in various verticals such as health care, education, government, legal and SMB, it's critical to be prepared to provide desired IT skills.
The Best Skills To Have On A Tech Resume — Ranked By Salary (BusinessInsider)
Salaries across the IT industry have risen by about 10 percent on average. At the same time, hires are expected to offer more skills.
The Top 10 Highest-Paying IT Skills of 2014 (IT World)
If you're proficient in big-data languages or programming, expect big paychecks.
Top 4 Sought After Tech Skills for 2014 (ExecuSource)
If you’re looking for a job in IT, now is your opportunity- more than 18 percent of CIOs saying they plan to increase their IT staff this year.