Where should you be focusing your efforts to future-proof your career in tech?
Despite 2016’s uncertainty, the tech industry has continued to perform well and is forecast for continued growth in 2017. But which skills do you need to ride the wave in IT?
From LinkedIn and job boards to nationwide surveys and polls, we’ve pulled together a round-up of the top15 jobs in technology for 2017 based on the insights of some of the most connected organisations in the industry.
Whether you’re looking for your next career move, or you want to develop your skills to stay in demand, we’ve listed the big tech roles you need to be part of in 2017:
- Cloud, SaaS, Distributed Computing
According to LinkedIn, Cloud was the top global skill of 2016 (and 2015) outperforming all others in all sectors.
- Statistical Analysis, Data Mining and Data Presentation
LinkedIn ranked statistical analysis and data mining as the No.1 skill in the UK in 2016. For the first time ever, data presentation joins them on the list. Employers are looking for people to make sense of all that data!
- Web Architecture and Development Network
According to ComputerWorld’s Forecast 2017 Survey, 26% of respondents with hiring plans will be looking to employ people with this skill over the next 12 months.
- Middleware and Integration Software
Another popular skill in the UK right now, LinkedIn ranked this at No. 2.
- User Interface Design & UX
It’s no surprise that UI and UX have jumped further up the list. Specialists in this area will continue to be sought after.
- Network Information & Security
With big data comes greater security risk. As connectivity continues to grow, professionals with these skills will continue to find jobs and contracts across industry.
- Mobile App Development
According to LinkedIn, mobile development skills have jumped up a spot in 2016. ComputerWorld also found that 35% of the respondents plan to increase spending on mobile applications in 2017.
These three continue to be the most in-demand programming languages. If you’re in coding, these are the ones you need to know in 2017.
- Data Science, Engineering and Warehousing
It’s all about big data at the moment and big data pros are in high demand. According to Business Insider, the job market for data scientists is expected to increase by 16% to 2024.
- Software Engineering
Software engineering is still in high demand and forecast to increase 17% over the next 7 years.
- Solutions Architecture
With the increase in demand for analytics comes the rise in positions that translate that data into tech solutions. Expect this to remain popular.
- Machine Learning Engineering & AI
According to Indeed, machine learning engineers will continue to be in demand with the growth in AI.
- Help Desk/Technical Support
Help Desk talent will be one of the most in demand skills throughout 2017. ComputerWorld reported that 35% of respondents with hiring plans will be seeking helpdesk people this year.
- Project Management
Project managers with excellent technical, functional and communication skills will be in demand by 25% of responding hirers in 2017, according to ComputerWorld.
- Database Design and Management
According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, employment in this area is forecast to grow by 11% through 2024.
If you’d like to see who’s looking for your skills right now, contact the tech recruitment team at Provide People