6. Windows administration. Another unheralded but highly sought skill is Windows administration. Currently, employers are having a tough time finding the skilled professionals they need. Nearly three-quarters of the CIOs we surveyed said Windows administration (Windows Server 2000/2003) is the technical skill set in highest demand within their IT departments.
7. Soft skills. Underneath the changing technical proficiencies demanded by the industry, one thing remains constant: Companies of all sizes repeatedly emphasize the importance of soft skills such as communication and leadership. Firms seek IT professionals who communicate well, understand business fundamentals and are able to collaborate with diverse personalities throughout the organization, from engineers to executives. The most sought-after IT professionals dont just know how the technology works they also understand what its for.
Keep in mind that while talent shortages exist in a number of specialties, an ongoing commitment to learning and advancing your skills is more valuable than any individual technical proficiency. With an eye on the industrys core specialty areas, you can insulate yourself against changes in the IT field and remain a hot commodity to employers.