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10 hardest-to-find tech skills

Sharon Florentine | Nov. 10, 2016
Burning Glass scoured more than 40,000 job postings over the last year to find out what tech skills are most difficult to find.

Rumors of Moore's Law's demise have been slightly exaggerated. Advances in computing power, data analytics, the cloud and other technologies just keep marching on -- albeit a bit slower. But as enterprises become more data-driven, it's not the hardware or the infrastructure that's at issue. It's the fact that tech pros with skills relating to organizing, analyzing and securing that data are increasingly harder to find.

"We're all familiar with Moore's Law, and what we're seeing is that as computing power increases over time, there's a huge influx of data being generated. What do companies do with it? They have to leverage their infrastructure to be able to store it, do so securely, understand it and use it to make better business decisions -- and right now those skills are very hard to find," says Matt Sigelman, CEO of Burning Glass, a labor market analytics and research firm.

Here, based on Burning Glass's research into more than 40,000 job postings from August 2015 to September 2016, and ranked by the number of days it takes to fill roles requiring that skill, are the hardest-to-find tech skills.

1. Cloud security

Time to fill: 96 days

Even organizations that balked at cloud technology in the past are finally jumping on board, driven by the efficiency and cost-savings the cloud can provide. "Even as organizations become more data-driven and move to the cloud, they're worried about how to secure that data, so cloud security skills are really important," Sigelman says.

2. JBOSS App Server

Time to fill: 77 days

The JBoss application server is used by enterprises to run Java-based, transactional applications. It's an open-source technology, which requires specialized skills.

3. Metadata Design

Time to fill: 73 days

Designing infrastructure around data requires specialized analysis and information about the types of data organizations have as well as compliance and access policies.

4. Integration Architecture

Time to fill: 70 days

Integration architects are often involved with database modeling, working with interface specifications or managing any other process that involves how data is integrated into a specific IT architecture.

5. Distributed Computing

Time to fill: 69 days

A career in distributed computing requires theoretical understanding of distributed systems, parallel programming, concurrency control, transaction processing, and databases; experience building systems that manage and process large data sets and the ability to develop components and subsystems of a multi-server, cloud-based infrastructure.

6. Information Architecture

Time to fill: 68 days

Information architects focus on organizing, structuring, and labeling content in an effective and sustainable way. The goal is to help users find information and complete tasks using technology seamlessly and effectively.


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