8 Hot Software Skills To Keep Your Career On Track

Looking for work in tech right now? Looking for ways to expand your role at your current job? I've put on my prognosticator's cap for a look at which software is worth your time. You'll find content management systems, 3D modeling, and programming frameworks in the mix. If you're a hiring manager, it's worth a look to see which software is being used, and where.



(Image: Picography via Pixabay)

(Image: Picography via Pixabay)

We know that there are relatively few "bad" technology skills out there, but there are some skills that might be more useful than others in today's job market. In particular, there is of-the-moment software that happens to be in favor among enterprises these days, and beefing up your knowledge of these could behoove you if you're looking to make a career move. If you're a hiring manager, it's worth a look to see what software is being used, and where.

I've put on my prognosticator's cap for a look at which software is worth your time. You'll find content management systems, 3D modeling, and programming frameworks in the mix.

Before we dive into the list, though, let's set some expectations. Some of the software examples you'll find here are frameworks, some are applications, and straddle the line that separates the categories.

Here's another thing: How to determine if something qualifies as a software, rather than a programming language? Here's how I drew the line: If something is used in support of a programming language, is an application, or is a utility, then it's a software rather than a language. I know that there are products that dance along the dividing line, but since I put the list together, I got to make the decision.

If you disagree with the choices, I look forward to our conversation in the comments section below.

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To support my decisions about which software to include in this list, I interviewed Alvaro Oliveira, VP of talent operations Toptal. Toptal is an online talent marketplace that connects freelance designers and developers who it has screened for experience and competence with companies looking for talent.

Oliveira said companies have many reasons for seeking those with talent in the software we've chosen here. These can include speeding up the development of enterprise applications, or a desire to add features to mobile apps. If there is any common theme among the technologies chosen for this list, it is the relationship many of them have to Javascript.

Asked about that, Alvaro said, "It's insanely popular, and I only see it getting bigger."

Let's get started. Once you've reviewed the software we're highlighting here, I'd love to know what you think of the list. Are you using any of these technologies? Are there others you expected to be on the list, but aren't? Tell me all about it in the comments section below.

Curtis Franklin Jr. is Senior Editor at Dark Reading. In this role he focuses on product and technology coverage for the publication. In addition he works on audio and video programming for Dark Reading and contributes to activities at Interop ITX, Black Hat, INsecurity, and ... View Full Bio

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