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10 hottest tech skills for 2017

Mary K. Pratt | Dec. 8, 2016
Are your assets bankable in 2017? Hiring managers say they'll seek out these skills most in the New Year.

"Security is an ever-evolving threat, and it takes work to make sure your own skills are up to date," he says.

As an IT leader at a small organization with a small tech team, Drauch sees the need for all IT staffers to have security proficiencies so that infrastructure and data security become routine parts of everyone's duties. "If it's not built in from the start, security is much more difficult to incorporate effectively," he says.

Drauch plans to hire a consultant to help him strengthen the organization's security posture and engage a managed security service provider for penetration testing. He hopes to use both to train existing team members in current best practices and security technologies -- because the high salary that a full-time security professional commands in the current market is a stretch for an organization of Central Pension Fund's size.

Karsten Scherer, the global analyst relations lead at TEKsystems, says even companies that are able to pay top dollar have trouble finding seasoned security professionals, particularly individuals with recognized credentials such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). "There are far fewer people in the market than there are jobs for them," he says.


26% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.

Peter Danchak has been in IT for more than 25 years, the past 16 at Data Recognition Corp. (DRC), where he's now a systems administrator. Over the years, he has seen several companies, including his own, migrate more and more infrastructure to the cloud.

Danchak now works mostly with cloud technologies, supporting integration and engineering the architecture needed for a cloud environment. He says he gained the necessary skills through independent study and company-sponsored training -- and those skills have been welcome additions to his résumé.

"The cloud environment is growing so fast, it's creating many new opportunities for businesses and workers," Danchak says.

There's no single skill associated with cloud computing or SaaS; rather, companies are looking for a range of experiences and skills in candidates for cloud-related positions, says Sean Dowling, a partner at talent acquistion firm WinterWyman and manager of recruiting strategy in the firm's technology contract staffing division.

"Cloud architects, software engineers with cloud or AWS [Amazon Web Services] experience, DevOps engineers -- you see [ads for those people] all day long," he says, noting that help-wanted posts for system administrators and network engineers who have cloud experience are also plentiful.

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26% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.


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