Top 10 Hottest Skills To Have In 2015

10 hottest skillsThe technology industry is a constantly and rapidly evolving one as every year, new technologies are introduced and old ones become obsolete. With this evolution come dynamic requirements for jobs in the industry. In order to get a good job, you need to align your skills with the industry requirements and be aware of emerging trends and shifts in the tech industry. Today, we will talk about the 10 hottest skills required in the tech industry in 2015.

1. Cloud Security

Cloud computing hit it big, and has been continuing to do so for the past year or so. But despite everything, security continues to be a main concern for businesses considering a migration to cloud. It is also a consideration that continues to be a top priority once companies have transitioned to cloud. In 2015, with the continued mass adoption of cloud, demand for professionals who can demonstrate cloud security skills will be high.

2. Data Science

Companies are beginning to leverage greater returns from big data. Combining a deep understanding of business with the ability to analyse, uncover and communicate patterns in data, the data scientist can find and address business problems. Data Science skills such as Big Data, Business Intelligence etc. are among the hottest in 2015. This group of skills is in transition but traditionally combines knowledge of mathematics, statistics, programming and data analysis.

3. Information security

Following the recent high profile hacking of Sony and the US Military, businesses and governments are increasingly looking for professionals with the skills to counteract these cyber criminals. Security is set to be a primary concern for businesses in 2015, and professionals with ethical hacking skills will be top of the list. EC-Councils renowned Certified Ethical Hacker course is a great way of developing those skills.

4. Secure Coding

The mobile and desktop application market has exploded in recent years. Businesses looking to develop software for internal use or external sale rely on the development of secure applications. This protects the organisation from any number of threats arising from the release of flawed applications including class action lawsuits and data theft. Therefore, the process of developing computer software that guards against the introduction of security vulnerabilities, known as secure coding, is a skill set vital to any organisation.

5. Virtualization

Companies looking to greater utilize server capacity, whether on premise or in the cloud, crave professionals with virtualization skills. Training and attaining the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification or VMWare’s Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization certification will help develop virtualization skills.

6. Data Management

Another skill set rising through the ranks in 2015, thanks to the big data phenomenon, is that of data management. Data management is the development and execution of architectures, policies, practices and procedures that properly manage the full data lifecycle needs of an enterprise. Data management skills will be increasingly important to companies as they continue to derive insight from numerous data sources to create actionable business decisions.

7. Mobile Application Development

As businesses deploy more and more mobile applications for employees and applications, they are transitioning an increasing number of these applications to the cloud. Professionals with the skills to understand how all these pieces and processes fit together are of great value in the current market place.

8. Enterprise Architecture

As the complexity of organisations increase, businesses are finding increasing value in the successful implementation of enterprise architecture. This has led to widespread adoption of enterprise architecture by business and an increase in demand architects.

9. NoSQL

As big data and cloud proliferate the market and every dawn sees a new mobile application, we are witnessing the growing popularity of NoSQL databases. Professionals with the skills to utilise, or indeed know when to avoid, NoSQL will offer flexibility, efficiency and agility within operations that companies with invaluable.

10. Network Penetration

Networks continue to fall under attack from cybercriminals across the globe, with 20% of small to medium sized businesses targeted in the last 12 months. For organisations looking to defend against these types of attack, professionals who can demonstrate network penetration skills continue to be of value. The skills to utilise network properties like TCP/IP, ARP and ICMP to understand, map and expose vulnerable nodes is priceless.

So, are you brave enough to call yourself an IT professional? How many of these skills can you tick off? Let us know in the comments section below!

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