IT professionals with high-demand skill sets are likely to have plenty of job prospects in 2014, similar to 2013. In 2014, 32 percent of companies are expected to increase their head count in IT departments, compared with 33 percent in 2013, according to Computerworld’s annual Forecast survey.
With cloud-based technology and mobile application development driving enterprise companies, the most in-demand cloud-based skills for 2014 support building out or replacing organizations’ data center architecture.
However, the demand for cloud technology skills still outpaces the supply of workers. Nearly 1.7 million cloud-related jobs went unfilled in 2012, and over the next few years, millions more will remain open, according to a joint study from Microsoft and IDC on cloud computing’s effect on IT organizations.
Businesses implementing or utilizing cloud technology are focusing on migration and deeper integration with existing enterprise systems, said Seth Robinson, CompTIA’s Director of Technology Analysis, to CIO.com. Robinson and other technology professionals listed these as the cloud skills businesses need most in 2014:
- IT professionals with migration, integration and developer knowledge of different cloud providers’ application programming interfaces (APIs)
- Amazon Web Services skills
- Open source skills, from Linux to configuration management systems to Ruby
- Development Operations engineers
With Salesforce.com hitting sales records each quarter, demand also remains strong for technical talent fluent in Salesforce.com administration and development. Consultants with integration skills will be in favor as companies connect Salesforce to other cloud apps and legacy solutions.
Other hot IT skills in demand include enterprise mobile application development, application interoperability and cyber security compliance and governance, said Kent Landry, a Senior Consultant at Windstream in an article on Help Net Security.