Where are the growth areas in computing this year? Over recent years we have seen the exponential growth of Big Data with a corresponding rise in demand for tech professionals who can deliver its value to the business. Now artificial intelligence is becoming pervasive in the industry, together with security. Here we take a brief look at some of the skills already in high demand this year.
Today’s DBAs are rising above mere DB administration and advising as to how the database can bring value to the business. Cloud technology is a must-have skill, along with strong team working ability. There is also a demand for professionals with data analysis skills. Must-have certifications and technologies are:
– SAS certified big data professional using SAS 9
– SAS certified statistical business analyst using SAS 9
– Similar level certifications for Oracle, Cloudera and Mongo
– Distributed database technologies such as Hbase
– Platforms and tools such as Apache Spark, Cloudera Impala and MapReduce
AI will pervade many areas of development and will, therefore, become a core skill required for all tech staff, possibly displacing some traditional data science skills.
Skills and certifications fall into 3 camps:
– Generic languages such as Java, C++, Python and Perl but also R which is used for statistical computing
– Big data related platforms and tools
– Robotics – specific technologies such as the sciences (materials, physical, life, computer), mathematics, CAD, physics and fluid dynamics
Blockchain rose to prominence in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. As a generic technology, it is becoming widespread in healthcare owing to its distributed and secure data storage. Adoption will increase in the financial sector for smart contracts, and in ERM/logistics for supply chain management.
Almost every tech job now demands some level of security knowledge. In addition to obvious roles such as Pen testing, all design and development must treat security requirements and compliance as must-haves.
Certification is mandatory, such as:
– Certified information systems security professional
– Certified information security manager
– CompTIA Network+ Security+
– Licensed penetration tester
Secure logins, data transfers and handshaking require encryption, digital signature and the use of public/private keys. As such, cryptography is a well-rewarded discipline, requiring strong mathematics skills such as linear and matrix algebra, combined with traditional programming languages such as C++.
Tech skills with reduced demand
The move towards DevOps and DevSecOps means there are fewer opportunities for traditional systems admins. Similarly, in software development projects the trend is towards full-stack developers, rather than pigeonholing into UI, business logic, back-end etc (which must be a good thing). The promotion of DBAs into big data and increased automation of routine tasks means there is reduced demand for DBAs who just look after databases operationally.
From some time, businesses have had to pay extortionate amounts to recruit people with the right skills and certifications. This has led to pay discrepancies with existing staff, lack of career progression and attrition. Firms are now seeing the value of training and re-skilling their existing staff where this is practical.
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