Ten Tech Skills Heading the Way of the Dinosaur - 2013 Edition

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Those working as help desk technicians (especially those in level 1 support roles) will see less and less demand for their skills, primarily due to outsourcing to other companies (possibly also off-shoring to other parts of the world where labor is cheaper) and fewer repairs to do on the actual hardware. Previously, people would earn an A+ certification, start at the help desk, work their way up to server administrator, and grow from there. As there is more and more pressure on all these areas, A+ is no longer enough. You need a broader set of skills to compete and keep your job. Review the skills suggested in this slideshow for other areas you may want to explore to find and keep a job in IT.

IT is a very fast changing industry - what is hot today may be a tiny niche market in only a few years and things that few have heard of may be huge trends in the same timeframe. There are many new technologies on the way, and that means opportunities for those who watch the coming trends to prepare themselves early on, and thus have experience when the demand picks up. There are many articles devoted to what is hot in the IT industry today, so we won't rehash them here. Instead, Global Knowledge has focused on skills that are going away. If these skills are all you have, you may soon find yourself in an unemployment line. If these skills are the most recent ones you have, NOW is the time to update your skill set and prepare for the future.

This year's top 10 skills that are going the way of the dinosaur (in no particular order) include the following.

 

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