Which Tech Skills Are In Demand?

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Top 10 In-Demand Tech Skills

Surveys from Dice.com and Robert Half Technology indicate a growing number of companies plan to add staff in the second half of 2010, but some jobs are harder to fill.

As I wrote last month, the IT hiring outlook is looking up. Surveys from Robert Half Technology and Dice.com indicate a growing number of companies plan to add new staff in the second half of 2010.


So which tech skills are in demand but may be hard to attract? Dice.com just issued its list of the top 10 in-demand tech skills, based on responses from its annual hiring survey. Tom Silver, Dice's SVP for North America, told me the list hasn't changed much since last year. Two new entries, software developer (at No. 3) and C# (No. 9), bumped virtualization and project management out of the top 10.


Software development in general seemed to fare well, with several entries devoted to specific software skills. At the top spot is Java/J2EE, which Silver told me saw a 58 percent increase in demand over last year. The Dice.com site currently has more than 14,000 listings mentioning Java/J2EE. I wonder if J2EE's support for Web services might account for its growing popularity.


Two other skills experiencing big jumps in demand from last year are SAP, with an 83 percent increase, and SharePoint, 66 percent.


IT pros with in-demand skills seemingly command higher salaries. The 10 positions as a group pay on average $10,000 more than the average national wage for tech professionals. Folks with these skills also will receive double the pay raise this year, as compared to their peers.


Many of the skills on Dice's list tend to show up on others as well. SAP skills and security skills are perennial favorites on lists of hot IT skills produced by Foote Partners, including one published in April. Security earned two spots on Dice.com's list, with security engineers/architects/analysts at No. 2 and active federal government security clearance at No. 10.

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