IT salary levels are squeezed along with companies bottom lines. Foote Partners, an IT analyst firm, found that in Q2 pay premiums for non-certified and certified IT skills fell an average of 0.6% and 1.5%, respectively. Thats a steep decline in a single quarter.
The tough conditions make the question that much more compelling: what IT skills are most in demand?
Below youll see a list of hot IT skills, regardless of certification. On the next page is a list of "hot" IT certifications.
For those optimistic types determined to find a ray of light amid the darkness, some IT skills are maintaining their value very much so, in fact.
The following lists of hot IT skills very much in demand by employers is based on Foote Partners' survey of nearly 2,000 U.S. and Canadian employers.
1) Java EE, SE, ME
3) Virtualization (all)
4) Microsoft .NET
5) NetWeaver (SAP)
7) Business process management/modeling/improvement
8) SAP SM (Service Management)
(IDS/IPS, forensics, identity/access management, compliance, firewalls, threat/vulnerability assessement and management, cncryption, data loss prevention, incident analysis and handling, and security architecture)
10) SAN (storage area networking)
11) Project management
12) SAP PS (Project Systems)
13) SAP HCM (SAP HR)
14) SAP FI (Financial Accounting)
15) SAP CO (Controlling)
The above list of hot IT skills reveals interesting trends. Despite naysayers like the anti-Java professor, Java is on fire as Web 2.0 expands in a hurry, Java developers and expertise seems to grow more needed all the time.
It's no surprise that Linux and Virtualization are near the top: both help companies cut costs. Its reasonable to expect both skill sets to stay in demand in the years ahead.
Note the wild popularity of SAP. David Foote, Foote Partners CEO, explains that 48,000 businesses worldwide use SAP, and that demand for this skill set remains very healthy as SAP has moved into the smaller business market.