Probably no one works himself into a lather over software developers quite like Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. But plenty of others are excited by developers as well, if their regular presence on lists of in-demand IT job skills is any indication.
Last month when I interviewed Tom Silver, Dice's SVP for North America, he told me software developer had landed in the No. 3 spot of his company's list of the top 10 in-demand tech skills, which is based on responses from its annual hiring survey. The general developer position and the C# programming language, which came in at No. 9, bumped perennial favorites virtualization and project management out of the top 10. Also on the list were the Java/J2EE development platform at No. 1 and the .NET development framework at No. 6.
The rest of Global Knowledge's list overlaps with lists issued by Dice and others. Global Knowledge's other nine top jobs: information systems auditor, computer forensics, database administrator, network administrator, IT security manager, virtualization engineer, project manager and voice specialist.
Not surprisingly, given its focus, Global Knowledge mentions different cerifications that are available for several of its 10 positions. Yet not everyone is convinced that IT certifications are a good idea.