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December 21, 2016
Here’s a Toast to Lists: What Skills, Certifications & Technologies are in Demand for 2017
December 21, 2016
As the clock ticks down to midnight on December 31st and signals the end of 2016, a year that’s been the center of a slew of ‘worst year ever’ memes and remarks across the internet, it is also a reminder of the predications and resolutions being made around the world. So before you raise a toast, consider what 2017 could bring in the realm of cyber security. I’m sure you’ve skimmed through the mass amounts of articles, ‘Top Cyber Security Predications for 2017,’ like I have. The lists read almost identical, and serve as a warning for readers, similar to some of my recent blog posts, like the one on cyber-attacks and mobile security. Which, as a matter of fact, are highlights of those ominous listicles.Some of the other highlights, which I’ll short- list for you here include: the rise of ransomware and DDoS attacks, an increased vulnerability in the IoT, and banks becoming an even greater target industry, as credit card fraud rises through the use of ATMs and gas pumps.If all of these predications are giving you a headache worse than the combination of shouts and champagne on New Year’s Eve, you’re not alone.The general consensus seems to be that although we have warning, we’re still never prepared. And with this worry in the back of our mind, chances are there’s yet another concern-turned-resolution creeping into your scope of thought: I vow to make some sort of job/career change in 2017.It probably comes as no surprise that you’re also not alone in this thinking. The end of the year is typically a popular time for professionals to begin their job search. (Hence my previous resume post).Among all the threatening predications, I wanted to offer more career help. I’m surprising myself at how useful my recruiting background is becoming, wow.In typical blogging fashion, I’ve done my detective work across the web to put together a few lists which will provide insight to the career landscape for 2017 and make you a better prepared professional ready to tackle your resolution.But it’s not just job hunters like yourself who are interested in the career landscape. For example, MONEY and PayScale analyzed 54 million employee profiles, across 350 industries, with 15,000 job titles—from entry-level workers to top executives to identify the abilities that bring the greatest rewards.So employers, if you’re reading this, your ears should perk up too.First, let’s take a look at the in-demand skills of the coming year, which I’ve pulled from a variety of sites, reaching from LinkedIn to Dice. Of course, there was some overlap in various lists, so this one features top IT skills specifically, but in no particular order.
- Cloud Computing
- Data Mining
- Middleware/ Integration Framework
- User Interface Design
- Mobile Development
- Storage Systems Management
- Help desk/ tech support (Good news for all the entry-level folks!)
- Security/ compliance/ governance
- Database administration
- Project managers (Those with a technical background, even better)