Having just one of these ten tech skills could land you a better job

Take a quick look around today’s world and it’s no surprise that technology is one of the best baskets to put all your eggs in. Trilogy Education Services reports that “Last year, U.S. companies struggled to fill more than 1.3 million job openings- just in software development.” A quick scan of Indeed.com confirms that Hampton Roads is looking for loads of tech talent- and paying well for it.

The technology job market is growing in virtually every type of business, and according to Forbes.com, business and financial services tops the list for pay, with average annual salaries of around $104,000.

While this is in no way a comprehensive list, here are 10 of the skills to have- or get- if it’s time to make a career change.

1. Program Application/Development
Developers and programmers remain in high demand, even as SaaS (software as a service) continues to grow in popularity. Companies need developers and programmers to customize and integrate programs, manage and update existing systems, and write proprietary software.

2. Cyber Security
Believe it or not, there have been times when the field of cyber security has seen a 0% unemployment rate! High profile hacks have turned a spotlight on the importance of cyber security, and these days companies are every bit as focused on protecting their current assets as they are on developing new ones.

3. Cloud Computing
In short, cloud computing means using remote servers to host and process information over the internet, and its use has grown even faster than anyone predicted. Proponents claim it allows businesses to save money on infrastructure and spend fewer resources on their IT department. But that doesn’t mean it puts IT people out of a job- after all, someone has to manage the cloud.

4. Web Development
The website is the storefront for every business. According to the estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs in web development will have grown 27% between 2014 and 2024- a much greater rate than the average for other occupations.

5. UI/UX Design/Development
That’s shorthand for “User Interface/User Experience.” Most people don’t know-or even care- how an app, program or website works- but they sure care about how well it works. How often have you given up on a website you couldn’t easily navigate or an app that you couldn’t figure out in a short time? UI/UX designers work to make sure these products are attractive and intuitive for the end user.

6. Project Management
Taking a project from its nascent stages to its completion requires a comprehensive set of skills that include managing people from several different fields of expertise, an understanding of the myriad technical aspects of the project, and being able to project the costs and time involved- and deliver the finished project on time and within budget. Many employers are looking for someone with PMP (Project Management Professional) certification.

7. Big Data
Every time you visit a website or make a purchase, someone is collecting data about your habits and preferences. The question is- how can all that information be made useful? Familiarity with programming languages such as SAS and databases like Cassandra are just a few of the skills that help analysts build out data sets and analyze them for the meaning behind the numbers- turning them into money-making knowledge for their employers.

8. Mobile Applications and Device Management
Smartphones and tablets have helped turn the population into a world that is constantly on the go– or at least constantly on the phone. Businesses have to be available on the go as well, whether that means developing a mobile app specific to their company, or at the very least making sure their existing apps and platforms are mobile-friendly.

9. Help Desk/Technical Support
As companies rely more and more on computers for all aspects of their business, they’ll also have to rely on a tech support staff to keep things running smoothly for not only their employees but often their customers as well.

10. Networking Professional
While it’s true that cloud computing has taken some work away from networking professionals, job openings are still expected to grow by 8% through 2024. Specialists, technicians, engineers, analysts- plenty of companies need people to fill those roles as networking moves into new territories such as server virtualization.

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