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

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While this skill set is not really going away, demand is decreasing and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future as companies and individuals use tablets more and more and PCs and laptops less and less. There is little to nothing that can be fixed in a tablet, so there's no need for a technician. In addition to this trend, more and more companies are switching from PCs and laptops to VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure), where the desktop runs as a virtual machine on a server somewhere, and the user connects with a mobile device or a dumb terminal. In either case, there is little to nothing to be fixed, you just swap it out, plug in a couple of cables (in the case of the dumb terminals), and you're back in business - no need for a technician.

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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