Wednesday, January 09, 2008

8 Hottest Skills for 2008

Thomas Hoffman provides a great overview of Computerworld's first-half 2008 Vital Signs survey, which identifies the top 8 skills in demand for 2008.
1. Programming/application development. These include Web 2.0 skills (AJAX, .Net and PHP) and integrations of Microsoft's Silverlight - an alternative to Flash.

2. Project management. There is demand for people with real-world project management experience, not just someone with a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification .

3. Help desk/technical support. More applications (web-based or not) and more complex applications requires greater technical support.

4. Security. Ever-present demand for professionals with core security credentials (intrusion-detection, government security clearances, database and wireless security).

5. Data centers. Companies are upgrading and relocating data centers to benefit from virtualization, data automation, and respond to external storage requirements such as Sarbanes-Oxley act (SOX) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

6. Business knowledge. Increasingly, companies are looking for IT professionals with knowledge of the businesses they support - often referred to as business intelligence.

7 & 8. Networking and telecommunications. Current networking skills in demand include general network administration, network convergence, wireless and network security.

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