In the world job market, Information technology jobs are under threat due to increase in automation and new digital technology. In developed countries re-training the staff is a norm, but Indian IT companies could not understand its importance or most engagement were on time and money basis where the employees are working on client location in the technology used by the client, so they never felt this coming as to what will happen when the employees will come back or released from a particular project. Middle level professional in particular find it difficult to survive in IT job market due to lack of knowledge in new technologies.
Nasscom estimated that nearly 50% of India’s IT workforce required to be retrained in emerging technologies and there was a warning of a high job losses in middle and senior level.
The current industry, forces you to do jobs like meeting, presentations, management and communication once you get more experienced. This makes mid-level IT professional out of touch with technology.
Also, mid-level IT professional do not usually attend re-training programs organized by the companies due to busy schedules or they do not find it necessary to attend.
On the contrary, the junior staff will grab the retraining program quickly as they are working very closely with technology and have little difficulty in understanding any kind of digital advancement.
Considering all the above facts in mind, it is pertinent that the population who are in the firing line or going to be, must realize that the time has come either to upgrade the tech skills to survive in the IT job market or perish. So, what technology to learn in 2017?
Today’s tech force is realizing that increasing the knowledge base is the only option they must ensure future employability in the IT job market.
What Technology one should learn to survive in IT job market? What are the top IT skills in demand? What technology to learn in 2017? What technology I should learn?
Here are top technology skills that will help IT professionals to stand out and remain in demand in near future.
It is an open source big data processing framework built around speed, ease of use, and sophisticated analytics. Also, known as a cluster computing framework.
Spark does the low latency processing of huge amount of data by providing in memory cluster computing for lightning fast speed.
More and more companies are looking for people with proficiency in spark-software to enable firms to process large amount of data stored on the cloud.
- When thinking about Spark as your prospects, it is important to understand that for Spark, we either need to learn Python or Scala. Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a secure cloud services platform, offering compute power, database storage, content delivery and other functionality to help businesses scale and grow. It offers a broad set of global compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment services that help organizations move faster, lower IT costs, and scale applications.
Services provide here are on-demand helping business to cut costs and use only when required and focus on business growth. They have started to hire experts in AWS and it has a long way to go.
There is certification in AWS which is in demand these days. There are different levels of these certifications.
DevOps is a term used to refer to a set of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools that highlight the collaboration and communication of both software developers and IT Professionals to automate the process of software delivery also known as continuous delivery.
IT people who are well versed in DevOps practices have a long way to go and are going to be in demand and the practice promises to eliminate the gap and encourages cooperation through coordination and collaboration.
- Machine Learning / Data Mining
Artificial intelligence we know for long, now this feature is put to work in data processing. In Data mining algorithm was written to present data to the user from the database using a specific pattern.
Adding machine learning helps in changing pattern as the data changes, very similar to how the feed gets presented to Quora users based on the interests and changing interests, or how YouTube feed based on the kind of video you watch this week and another week. It will identify your watch pattern and present the videos in your feed accordingly.
Companies have started adding machine learning to their data mining programs and IT professional should learn it to remain in demand.
The one that has led the way when it comes to Machine Learning is “R”!!
Like AWS, Microsoft Azure is a collection of integrated cloud services which developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy and manage applications through Microsoft’s global network of datacenters. With Azure, Developers get the freedom to build and deploy wherever you want, using the tools, applications and frameworks of your choice.
Nowadays companies have started to host their not so critical applications on off-site (Shared public cloud, like Azure)
Learning cloud computing and especially Azure is worth the effort and sure going to help in the long run.
Tableau is a business intelligence software which helps organizations to visualize large sets of data. People well versed with MS Business Intelligence, Oracle Business Intelligence and QlikView.
Learning Tableau will certainly have an advantage due to its upcoming demand and very few people available in the job market.
Business Analytics is a practice where the professional uses his skill with technology to investigate past business performance to gain insight and drive business planning further.
The professional should have a combination of knowledge in SQL, excel, analytics tool such as SaS and strong statistical concept.
Companies are looking for business analytics professionals to gain insight from past data to determine customer behavior, choice, willingness to pay a particular price for the product and so on.
As more companies adopt Salesforce’s Cloud computing CRM software application, IT Professionals will be in demand. People with knowledge of Siebel/Oracle CRM will have no problem in adopting Salesforce, which is said to have clean and simple user interface. There is a large set of user community to help and guide each other.
Selenium is a portable testing framework for web and mobile application automation testing. There are more jobs in Selenium than the similar tool QTP in the market. Selenium is becoming popular and getting adopted by so many as it is a free open source testing tool. Selenium caters to different testing needs. From the perspective of career in testing, the combination of Selenium with a performance tool like Apache JMeter can do wonders.
The idea behind IoT is that any device that is connected with internet and has an IP address. And then, their communication to collect and exchange data.
This field is going to grow and will give lots of work for big data analytics as well.
Imagine a biker suddenly gets a message to take an alternate route cause some accident has happened on biker’s route. That is what IoT is going to give you. And the possibilities are infinite.
Disclaimer: The ‘Top Tech skills in demand’ in the article is based on collated information from career websites, news and feedback from IT professionals.
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