IT jobs have diverse requirements, languages in demand

February 18, 2014

Those in the IT jobs field know how many different aspects of technology can come into the picture in the span of a single year. To keep an eye on the market better, knowing what skills are recommended by a variety of professionals, including a few major CEOs, may pay heavy dividends for some looking to change their role in the field.

The Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that about 88 percent of Silicon Valley chief executives and officers plan to add to their staffs in the first half of 2014 – a 10 percent improvement from the last six months of 2013. While most of that demand comes from positions that remain open for extended periods of time, but there are specific skills that are in heavily in demand.

Three of the most important factors for these CIOs and CEOs when they look at resumes are in network administration, Windows administration and desktop support, meaning there are a variety of opportunities for skilled workers. Being able to develop and connect an extended network, for example, or be able to keep watch over Windows, will be key. Windows skills will be especially pertinent in the near future as many computer networks will need to be improved to a more updated version of the operating system once Windows XP ends support in April.

Open-source skills also on the rise
In addition, Open Source writes that having skills that aren't necessarily attached to a specific aspect of the industry will only help IT workers improve their skills, thanks to open-source improvements over traditional technology. For example, datacenters will soon be able to clone storage systems in mere minutes, helping companies in cloud computing improve their speed and storage skills, as long as they support open-source networks. With data's total size multiplying multiple times every decade, this is only becoming more pressing almost every day, with a potential for 50-fold increases in information by 2020.

Mobile development and mobile services will also soon have the potential to be changed by open-source technology. Open-source is creating new platforms like Joomla, Convertigo and OpenMEAP that are allowing new mobile apps to have quicker and more effective production times. This, in connection with new programming languages, databases, engines for middleware and a variety of other developments, will likely continue to fuel levels of mobile development and potentially a new wing of the open-source market.