2017 is shaping up to be a great time be employed in the IT sector. The industry’s unemployment is low in comparison to other industries (between 2%-3%) and there are abundant opportunities for both IT professionals who are looking to ‘level up’ in their careers and for people who are looking to make a start in IT.
‘New Year, New Career’ is our motto for January and if you are considering making a change into the IT industry there is no better time than now.
Looking at the popular top skills list that we recently published as well as job search data that we’ve analysed from the last six months, we have picked out the 5 of the most in-demand IT skill areas for the first quarter of 2017. Enjoy!
1. Network and Information Security Expert (or Ethical Hacker)
It comes as no surprise that Network and Information Security tops the list. This is an area where IT employers are really struggling to fill positions because of the lack of qualified experts. 360 GPS have some exciting plans in 2017 to address this issue – so be on the lookout for some upcoming news from us.
An information security expert’s role is to safeguard computer networks from unauthorised access, misuse, hacking, viruses or any other activity that harms a network or its users. The role also involves responding effectively to network attacks and minimising and containing any resulting damage. This role is becoming increasingly important and in-demand as our reliance on working within secure networks grows in both our personal and professional lives.
Foundation certifications such as MCSA and Cisco – CCNA: Security are an important first step to getting on the path to becoming a network security expert with more specialised certifications being required later on.
2. Application Developer
App developers enjoy one of the lowest unemployment rates in the IT industry and the number of job offers for mobile app developers has more than doubled since 2015.
The demand for front-end developers and user experience (UX) engineers for mobile apps is also on an upward trend for with no signs of slowing down in 2017.
With the world consuming digital media through mobile devices 60% of the time in comparison to desktop devices, this is a great time to get involved in developing and designing mobile apps.
3. Database Administrator
Database administration will be a ‘hot’ career choice in 2017 because of the growing interest in big data. Organisations have been gathering large quantities of information from their users and subscribers and now want to be able to use that data to make better decisions on their products and services. A database administrator builds a data map, gathers all the relevant data from different sources and produces a detailed report that analyses these results.
4. Cloud Professional
In 2017 there will be a continued strong focus on moving IT systems and services to the cloud. Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook have already invested billions of dollars on new data centres and server infrastructures to power their workloads. The industry will need more cloud professionals that are ready to work in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (Paas), and Software as a Service (SaaS) environments.
5. IT Project Manager
As the demand in all the above categories grows, the same will apply to Project Managers who can organise IT professionals into effective teams and deliver projects on time and within budget.
Certifications such as PRINCE2 and ITIL teach aspiring Project Managers effective methods of planning and organising resources and people. A successful IT Project Manager creates project plans, defines business and end-user requirements, sets priorities and to talks with developers about the technologies involved.
Effective communication and ensuring that the correct processes are followed across the project team are essential to succeed in this role.
If you’re thinking of entering into a career in IT, we hope this list has helped you to decide on a general direction. If you need further obligation-free advice or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our IT career consultants. We wish you a happy new year and a successful 2017!