Tech companies across the country are looking at different skills in 2015 when they sit down to interview top talent within the industry. So, what tech skills are companies looking for this year? We will discuss the most popular and important ones, so technical professionals can brush up on them to land a great job. Here’s what’s trending, according to the most recent sources:
Application and Programming Development
The top tech skill companies will look to add in 2015 is that of application or programming development. The data comes from a Computerworld study, the 2015 Forecast, which found that 48 percent of companies that responded said they plan to hire for this skill within the next year. This skill ranked number one on the Computerworld 2014 Forecast as well, so you can see how important it is to companies these days.
From the same survey comes project management skills. This skill was ranked number five on the survey for 2014, so it made a major leap. In the survey, some 35 percent of companies that responded said they were planning to hire for this skill within the next 12 months.
Technical support is the third-highest skill employers will focus on adding in 2015 with 30 of responding companies claiming they want to hire within the next 12 months. This skill dropped one spot from last year’s survey from two to three. Demand for this skill continues to grow because companies are expanding the services they offer to clients.
Security and Corporate Compliance
These two skills can be lumped into one category and have climbed the list from 2014 to 2015. They appeared on last year’s list at number seven. Within the next year, 28 percent of companies that responded to the survey said they plan to hire for this skill.
Web Development – Front and Back End
At number five on the list is web development, which did not even make the list in 2014. Many companies find that web development candidates are very hard to find, especially those who have the most skills in this area. Close to 28 percent of respondents to the survey said they want to hire for this skill in the next 12 months.
Database administration is on the list at number six, which means it did not move up or down from 2014. In fact, 26 percent of companies that responded to the survey said they will hire for this skill within the next year. This skill is needed in every single company, which is why it remains on this list.
Big data is a driving force in many companies today. Analytics skills are going to be needed by 24 percent of companies that responded to the survey within the next 12 months. This skill moved up one spot from 2014 to 2015 as it sits in seventh place now.
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