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The 7 hottest jobs in IT

Paul Heltzel | June 6, 2017
These emerging and resurging IT roles may be your best path forward in the years to come.

Security analysts need to be generalists with skills that are broader than deep, he says, with the ability to work in various areas of the company doing the hiring. “They should be able to think strategically and see the big picture regarding information security, and have the necessary interpersonal skills to deal with stakeholders and speak to board members.”


Cloud integrator

According to IT association CompTIA, the evolution of IT can be divided into three stages: the mainframe era, the PC/internet era, and now the cloud/mobile era, where new technologies built with the cloud in mind will gain more traction, including machine learning and blockchain.

Companies facing tightening budgets are constantly forced to do more with less, says Friess, and then cut costs all over again. Enter the cloud. And where cost-cutting closes one door, another opens.

“CIOs are eliminating on-prem software and servers,” Friess says. “Consequently, developers and implementation specialists who specialize in cloud solutions roles are in high demand for those who are familiar with Microsoft 365, Workday,, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Service Now, Oracle Cloud, and SAP.”

Sarah Lahav, CEO of SysAid Technologies, says if she were picking one area to go into, cloud computing is it: “I'd recommend devops -- cloud and scripting is the way to go nowadays … until the next trend.”

Alana Hall, corporate recruiter at Conga, says a number of cloud-related roles are the toughest to fill this year, including “cloud architects and developers, cloud infrastructure devops roles, hybrid cloud architects and developers.”

Contractors can make $150-250 an hour implementing cloud services, or as much as $175,00 a year, Friess says, which is too much skin in the game for many companies. That opens up opportunities for “system integrators” who both install the cloud service and train up the IT department on how to use it. 


Full-stack engineers

Web users are increasingly demanding more robust, app-like consumer experiences, which has led to strong demand for front- and back-end web developers -- and even more for those who combine those skills as full-stack engineers.

“Technologies like progressive web apps are bringing the web experience closer to native on mobile platforms,” says Gautam Agrawal, senior director of product management at Sencha. “And it won't be long before web is the preferred choice for mobile app development, especially in the enterprise, for all the obvious benefits of cross-platform development.”

Familiarity with open-source platforms is key, says Candace Murphy, IT recruiting manager at Addison Group.

“While .Net and Java will continue their dominance in 2017, larger trends in open source development are growing. We’re seeing uptick in requests for IT professionals with PHP, Python, Node.JS, and HTML/CSS experience. This trend is driven by companies moving away from the traditional platforms that require licensing fees.”


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