5 IT Skills Companies Are Hiring for in 2017

by Debra B. McCraw | Jan 06, 2017

The most in-demand IT skills for 2017Whether you’re looking for a new job or want to move up in your organization, knowing what skills employers are looking for can give you a leg up in climbing the career ladder. And if you’re looking for work in IT, you’re in luck because it’s one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States. In the fourth quarter of 2016, U.S. employers added 337,000 IT jobs, and that number is slated to grow even more in the coming year. So, what skills are employers looking for? Here are five of the most in-demand skills for IT pros in 2017.

1. Security

With new security breaches and hacks happening every day, it’s more important than ever for organizations to secure their networks and information. While security analyst is one of the fastest-growing jobs ever tracked by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are a range of other opportunities as well for people who can proactively analyze network and user behavior to identify and mitigate threats before they occur. And security skills don’t just apply to security specialists – all IT pros should make infrastructure and data security part of their everyday job. Need to brush up on your security skills? Check out CompTIA Security+, Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) and CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certifications.

2. Data

Organizations gather massive amounts of data, and they need employees who can organize it, analyze it and explain it to decision makers. Candidates with experience using business intelligence tools, data-related programming languages like SQL, and database tools like Hadoop and Oracle are in high demand. Those who can interpret the data and translate it in a way that helps inform senior leaders about business needs, competition and opportunities are even more valuable.

3. Mobile

According to Computerworld’s 2017 Tech Forecast, 35 percent of the 196 IT executives surveyed plan to increase spending on mobile applications in 2017. Even if your specialty isn’t app development, employers want IT pros with mobile proficiency to manage and maintain the apps once they launch, understand user interface and experience, and ensure programs work on a variety of devices. 

4. Cloud

With cloud spending expected to hit $195 billion by 2020, organizations will continue to need IT pros who understand how the cloud works, where it works best and how to secure it. If innovation and cutting-edge technology excite you, having cloud skills can position you for a wide range of opportunities. CompTIA Cloud Essentials and Cloud+ certifications can give you the jump start you need.

5. Soft Skills

Being able to communicate well and foster relationships will never go out of style, and it’s becoming even more important for IT pros to have these skills. With every department and every staff member relying on technology to do their job better, smarter and faster, IT pros collaborate with everyone from entry level to the C-Suite. And when you have an idea about how to implement or improve technology in your organization, you need to convince decision makers to understand its importance and get on board.

No matter your area of expertise, having a diverse skill set will position you well for whatever comes next in your career. And if you have any of these five skills, you’ll be well on your way to landing the next opportunity. What skills are you looking to develop in 2017?

10 Comments

  • Claude Bradley

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    Certified on A+, Net +, Security + and Linux. Still looking for work.

  • Kristijonas Kareiva

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    Look into doing another certification and improve in my organisation.

  • Mudzunga Ralikhwatha

    Friday, January 20, 2017

    Want to get certified on Security+ and Linux.

  • Etonia Suraki

    Friday, January 20, 2017

    Looking to IT as a second career with cyer security a main goal. Any advice on where to start and which courses to do. Thanks

  • pooja bishnoi

    Friday, January 20, 2017

    CartiFied on A+, n+,security+

  • Friday, January 20, 2017

    Hi Etonia! Congratulations on embarking on your IT career. If security is your path of choice, you should check out this blog post on the CompTIA Cybersecurity Career Pathway: https://certification.comptia.org/it-career-news/post/view/2016/10/11/introducing-the-comptia-cybersecurity-career-pathway You can decide whether you need to start with IT Fundamentals, A+ or if you already have those skills and are ready to jump into security. If you need help assessing your skills, take a look at this page, which includes a quiz: https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/which-certification Good luck!

  • Andries

    Saturday, January 21, 2017

    Good day. I did my A + N+ at Boston city college. My plea is to get a job even an internship to get some knowledge and have more experience.I really love working with computers so an opportunity will mean alot to me. Regard Andries

  • Jamar M.

    Saturday, January 21, 2017

    Currently I'm studying for my A+ certification. I've taught myself the ins and outs of computers with nothing more than trial and error. I'm not going to stop until I get that A+ certification and even then, I WANT ANOTHER ONE, and ANOTHER ONE, ANOTHER ONE...I think you get the idea. Look for me on the other side ;P

  • Michael

    Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    Hi Everyone, Keep up the great work and maintain your high level of persistence to ensure you achieve your professional and personal goals in life. Onward! Diego

  • Stephan

    Thursday, February 2, 2017

    I can do all above

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