10 Hottest Tech Skills for 2016

Looking to dive into the 2016 IT job market? Here are the 10 skills on track to be most in demand, according to IT pros who participated in Computerworld’s Forecast 2016 survey.

  1. IT Architecture The term “IT architect” encompasses a wide range of specialists, from enterprise architects to cloud architects, so recruiters say it makes sense that IT architecture expertise is in demand as companies move forward with technology-driven projects.


  1. Programming/Application Development Despite fears that programming expertise is a commodity that can be obtained cheaply offshore, programming and application development continue to be among the most sought-after skills in enterprise IT. Demand for programmers and developers is springing up in new areas, thanks to the rise of mobile and the emergence of the Internet of Things.


  1. Project Management With almost half (46%) of Forecast survey respondents expecting their technology spending to increase in 2016, it’s no surprise that project management remains a top five skill: More spending means more projects — and that means more people will be needed to manage those projects.


  1. Big Data The surge in interest in using data to drive business has pushed demand for big data skills from no. 10 in 2015 to no. 4. Moreover, in the Forecast 2016 survey, big data/analytics was no. 1 on the list of technologies that survey respondents said they were currently beta-testing or using in pilot projects, with 23% saying they were engaged in such initiatives.


  1. Business Intelligence/Analytics Demand for IT professionals with data related specialization like BI and analytics skills is strong particularly in healthcare, insurance, financial services and retail.


  1. Help Desk/Technical Support 30% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.


  1. Data Administration Demand for database administration remains high thanks to the ever-increasing interest in big data, BI and analytics. Sought-after skills include extensive backgrounds in database administration and a deep understanding of data reporting tools and technologies such as Oracle, SQL, DB.


  1. Security/Compliance/Governance Exactly 50% of the IT pros who participated said they plan to increase spending on security technologies in 2016 and security was No. 2 among the most important IT projects that respondents have underway.


  1. Cloud/Saas As the cloud continues to reshape enterprise IT. Research firmIDC predicts that more than half of enterprise IT infrastructure and software investments will be cloud-based by 2018. Specifically, spending on public cloud services will grow to more than $127 billion by 2018, according to an IDC forecast report.
  2. Web Development Organizations rely heavily on the web as channel for connecting with consumers, clients, partners and employees. While a web presence has most likely already been established people with the ability to ensure that their sites are up and running is critical.