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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.

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Aug 27, 2010 1:03 PM mr pibb 64 mr pibb 64  says:

thanks for painting a bright picture for us in the development world.  myself, it has been roller coaster - after cross training from electronic engineer into MS .NET, i have since successfully combined electronic engineering, my 10 years of manufacturing engineering and MS .NET into one.  so i shoot for positions that are highly specialized that SDET could not perform, they are not electronic engineers, so they would not know how to build applications targeted towards the electronic device development community.  so from my viewpoint, i see all these pre-defined jobs, copy pasted skill sets that are almost identical. 

in my .net training i went through a fast-track 6 month program.  i did not persue certification as i saw that was wasteful; i learned a lesson before that it was far better to develop my own applications, and troubleshoot/debug them than getting any certification.

before my first .net job, after having done reading and writing a lot of little special programs, i designed a remote control application in c# .NET for my 4 channel digital storage oscilloscope.  another code was one with microcontroller with code that i wrote in C talked to my c# .net windows application.  i showed both of these at my interview and the employer really liked it.  i got hired at that job and performed many complex device/product/electronic test equipment remote control applications over the course of 2 years. the lessons that i learned in developing those demos i applied on the job.

once again i find myself amongst the great unemployed.  it has been one year now.  the longest that i have ever gone without work.   the demos that i am building now are of much higher caliber and approaching quality as demanded by the market place. these demos also are of multi-purpose, i show these demos at interviews but also to interested 3rd parties to market my product ideas to the electronic product development community; people like analog, digital, product, power, and test engineers and their respective management teams.

one specific example, right now, i am working on demo on my tmobile HTC HD2 and a 802.11 WIFI sensor network device.  So the idea here is to make c# .NET compact framework application that talks to the wireless sensor node and gathers data from the sensor array. 

in my demos that i show, i put in components of development areas that i am weak end; sql server database in my case stores waveform data, test equipment configuration, comm. protocol configurations, test session parameters, ect. 

so the more demos that you can produce the better.  


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