CompTIA IT Career News Greatest Hits: Our 10 Most-Read Articles of 2017

by Debra B. McCraw | Dec 20, 2017

A cassette tape with the words CompTIA Greatest Hits 2017CompTIA IT Career News covered a wide range of topics this year, but it’s clear what was most important to you by the following list of our 10 most-read blog posts for 2017. Cybersecurity and IT skills came in at the top of the charts. We’re counting down a la Casey Kasem (or Ryan Seacrest), from number 10 to number 1, so you can catch up on what was most popular among IT pros in 2017.

No. 10: Your Next Move: Help Desk Technician

Debut: September 6
Weeks on the Chart: 15

This year, we launched a series called Your Next Move, where we help you understand the roles, responsibilities and salaries of different IT jobs and how to get there. Help desk technician was our most popular, but you can check out all the articles on our Job Profiles hub.

No. 9: Get the Inside Scoop on CompTIA CySA+ from Three Beta Testers

Debut: February 17
Weeks on the Chart: 43

In February, we released our much-anticipated cybersecurity certification, CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+). To help you understand what the exam was all about, we did a Q&A with three of our beta testers to hear their thoughts about the exam and advice they have for people who might want to take it.

No. 8: All About Linux and Linux+

Debut: April 12
Weeks on the Chart: 36

Linux guru Jason Eckert shared his tips and tricks about Linux and helped us better understand how it works and why IT pros need Linux and open-source skills in their arsenal. His introductory article, All About Linux and Linux+, cracked the top 10, but be sure to dive into his more technical pieces as well.

No. 7: The NEW CompTIA Security+: Your Questions Answered

Debut: November 15
Weeks on the Chart: 5

In November we released the latest update to CompTIA Security+. We knew you’d have questions about what the exam covers and how it’s different from the previous version, so we did our best to answer them here.

No. 6: 10 Critical Skills for Today’s IT Workforce

Debut: March 17
Weeks on the Chart: 41

What skills are needed to succeed in IT? CompTIA President and CEO Todd Thibodeaux outlined the top 10 skills needed by today’s IT workforce. You may be surprised at what did – and didn’t – make the list.

No. 5: Work from Home – or Anywhere – with a Remote IT Job

Debut: February 10
Weeks on the Chart: 44

If you’ve been dreaming of working from the beach, the mountains or your local coffee shop, your first step is to find a job that fits the digital nomad lifestyle. Luckily, IT offers many opportunities to work remotely. Apex Systems Erica Woods shared her knowledge as a recruiter to help IT pros know what to look for, how to position themselves as dependable and how to communicate a desire to work from home.

No. 4: CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+): Your Questions Answered

Debut: March 27
Weeks on the Chart: 38

It’s no surprise that our CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst Q&A article is on the list, just like the one for Security+. Being a completely new exam, people had a lot of questions about what to expect and how it compares to other certifications, so we compiled our answers into a blog post.

No. 3: 5 IT Skills Companies Are Hiring for in 2017

Debut: January 6
Weeks on the Chart: 49

Security, mobile, data, cloud, soft skills. In January, we predicted that these would be the top skills for the year, and they have certainly held true. Read more to see why these made the list and watch IT Career News to see if the 2018 list will have any changes.

No. 2: 10 Things to Watch for from CompTIA in 2017

Debut: January 11
Weeks on the Chart: 49

We kicked off the year with a preview of everything to come in 2017, and readers came back to it again and again. In case you missed it, we also revisited the list to recap our year and share our accomplishments.

No. 1: The CompTIA Cybersecurity Career Pathway: Employable Skills Found Here

Debut: September 27
Weeks on the Chart: 12

In 2016, we announced the idea of the CompTIA Cybersecurity Career Pathway in IT Career News, and it was our second-most read article of the year. In 2017, we revised the article, and it moved up to number one. Watch in 2018 for more articles about the cybersecurity pathway, as well as other pathways that can help you map out your career.

Happy holidays from CompTIA, and we look forward to seeing you back here in January!

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