The hottest IT skills…

The Internet of Things (IoT)? Definitely.

Virtual private networks? Not so much.

In IT and technology, it’s not easy to identify which skills are currently on the ‘most-wanted” list, let alone predict which will be most in demand during the next two years. However, the latest advances in our analytics enable us to do both – assessing the current state of the market and projecting which skills will be most in demand.

Cloud computing skills, which barely existed a few years ago, are taking on increasing importance. But our data-driven research into IT job postings indicate the most in-demand skills over the next two years revolve around the Internet of Things. We expect demand for IoT skills to grow by 88% over the next two years.

A close number two, with demand expected to grow 86%, are skills associated with Docker Software, which uses Linux virtualization to automate the deployment of applications inside software “containers.” Third and fourth respectively are DevOps (68%) and cybersecurity (63%).

Hanging out near the middle of the pack are skills involving Amazon Web Services (41%) and Cloud Security (40%). In truth, this is not so much of a surprise. More established skills tend to be lower on the list because, while they may still be sought-after, demand for them isn’t growing as quickly as others. For example, demand for skills in virtual private networks, which remain a necessity for many organizations, is expected to grow 17%.

Projection of fastest-growing IT skills

Highest-paying IT skills
The Bottom Line

It’s no surprise that there is a strong correlation between the highest-demand skills and the money employers currently pay to get them. At the top are Amazon Web Services Redshift skills, which we anticipate will be worth $123,724 annually. Second is Cloud Security Applications, at $117,629.

For more on the technology job market, read our report on one state that is among the hottest in tech jobs. It may surprise you.

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