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20 Hottest IT Skills

These are the most in-demand skills over the last year, according to Dice.com.

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.


Software development was well represented on a list of 20 hottest tech skills, also provided by Dice and based on skills that saw big jumps in demand in job listings from March 2009 to March of this year. Programming languages mentioned on that list: Python, SOAP, JavaScript, Ajax and Perl.


And guess what? Software engineer (developer by another name) is on a list of top IT jobs for 2010 and beyond on the website of IT training specialist Global Knowledge. The list cites the Bureau of Labor Statistics' forecast that software engineer will be one of the fastest-growing occupations through 2018, "resulting in excellent job prospects."


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.