Four Tech Skills on the Rise—and Four in Decline

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-12-2013 Email Print this article Print

"Rust never sleeps," as the classic rock song says. Neither does technology. Rapid shifts which directly impact key business strategies occur every day. So you have to adapt your approach to recruitment and hiring, according to a report from Global Knowledge. After all, you're no longer leading a department of support-service workers whose job is to respond when bad tech stuff happens. Instead, you're building a team of innovative, analytical and agile professionals who are supposed to enact meaningful change for your organization. IT departments overall will shrink in size, Global Knowledge predicts, as automation, virtualization and the cloud will trigger a migration from traditional IT roles. With this in mind, the report, titled IT Roles Facing Extinction, reveals the following four IT skill sets that are swiftly rising in demand—and which are fading. "IT will become a multi-pronged enabler … as well as an active agent for marshaling the power of technological innovation toward increasing a company's ROI to gain a competitive advantage," according to the report. Global Knowledge specializes in IT and business skills training. For more about the report, click here

  • Programming Talent on the Decline

    IT candidates with traditional skills, such as Cobol, Delphi/Object Pascal and Transact-SQL ColdFusion—even Flash. They're older languages being phased out.
    1-Programming Talent on the Decline
  • Programming Talent on the Rise

    People who know, Python, Ruby, HTML5, RESTful Web Services, JavaScript and JQuery, as these skills are best suited for mobile Android, Apple and Windows Phone 7.
    2-Programming Talent on the Rise
  • Data Center Talent on the Decline

    Network admins who update and install patches, provision storage, and wire and couple blade servers.
    3-Data Center Talent on the Decline
  • Data Center Talent on the Rise

    Systems analysts who oversee unified communications within the data center. Thanks to virtualization, you only need one or two of them, instead of an entire fleet.
    4-Data Center Talent on the Rise
  • Data Technology Talent on the Decline

    The SQL database admin guys. They'll make way for IT pros more suited to help their companies take command of big data.
    5-Data Technology Talent on the Decline
  • Data Technology Talent on the Rise

    Workers who combine abstract tech, math and engineering thinking with the ability to interact well with business. Intangibles like visualization and imagination also help.
    6-Data Technology Talent on the Rise
  • Security Talent on the Decline

    Applicants who offer only traditional backup and recovery capabilities. You'll likely hand off these duties to third-party providers.
    7-Security Talent on the Decline
  • Security Talent on the Rise

    Prospects with a more nuanced security-oversight approach to virtualization, data mining and managing tools and resources in the cloud.
    8-Security Talent on the Rise
  • Best Practices, Part I

    Think outward-facing, business-centric and business-enabling as you evaluate IT candidates. It's not about hiring stop-gap support anymore.
    9-Best Practices, Part I
  • Best Practices, Part II

    Recruit specifically for those who will make your department smarter when it comes to virtualization, cloud computing, Web 2.0, and BYOD and mobility.
    10-Best Practices, Part II
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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