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Dawn Kawamoto
Dawn Kawamoto

11 Tech Skills In Short Supply Now

In the ever-evolving world of IT, do you have what it takes to stay relevant, or are you headed toward extinction? Here's a look at the top 11 tech skills IT leaders say are demand today.
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When it comes to tech jobs, staying relevant comes down to having the right skills at the right time. According to the 2016 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO survey, big data and analytics are leading the top 11 tech skills that are in demand for a second consecutive year.

But there are a number of other skills that make up the list, one of which is a newcomer. This year digital skills moved up to the No. 11 spot from No. 13 as demand for chief digital officers rise.

Digital skills pushed testing skills off the top 11 list, according to the survey of 3,352 CIOs and technology leaders in 82 countries who were asked, "Which functions do you feel suffer from a skills shortage?"

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"Because, like other innovations, there are so many software advances in automating testing, so it is less of a focus than other skills," Bob Miano, president and CEO of Harvey Nash USAPAC, told InformationWeek. "Testing does not make you money, unless it breaks. Now, we have all these scripts that do the testing for you."

While the 11 skills on the list have largely remained in place for a number of years, the ranking shifts from year to year. For example, data analytics may drop down in ranking two years from now while some other skills move up on the list.

"In this field, nothing falls off the cliff," Miano said. "The marketplace works in an evolutionary mindset."

Here's a look at the top 11 skills that are in demand for 2016 and how that demand has shifted over the previous year.

Dawn Kawamoto is an Associate Editor for Dark Reading, where she covers cybersecurity news and trends. She is an award-winning journalist who has written and edited technology, management, leadership, career, finance, and innovation stories for such publications as CNET's ... View Full Bio

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User Rank: Apprentice
4/23/2017 | 7:20:35 AM
concerns about the industry
I see there is a great need for talent. The problem is keeping up with an industry that changes almost daily. You can spend 15K for good course work; work 9 months and already be out of date. In that time, at current wages and salaries, you haven't been paid enough to make it worth while. Some of this work such as analytics and data mining are tedious and boring. You need to make up for that too.

Then what happens if you keep up, do fantastic work but, the company finds cheaper labor? We have no golden parachute, we aren't compencated well for our talent and creativity. We are just thrown out and told "good luck". So, if you REALLY want great American talent ( I use to be one of those people ), you need to come up with a better system than what is out there.


I will suggest ( and be laughed at ) a schooling system that is free to high tech talent, a starting salary of 200K and 6 weeks of paid vacation. Otherwise let the over paid CEO's figure it out.
User Rank: Apprentice
10/13/2016 | 7:23:19 PM
The 12th Skill
Too bad one of the skills isn't Bored-To-Death Technician... because this article just gave me a PhD in the subject.
User Rank: Apprentice
9/26/2016 | 8:29:14 AM
Cyber security
The lack of security talent is both dangerous and expensive, especially as businesses face growing threats from external internet cyberattacks. Most organizations don't know how to detect or mitigate attacks that leverage digital channels such as social media and mobile.
User Rank: Ninja
9/7/2016 | 7:27:38 AM
It's good to see security so high on this list. I don't think it would have been even just a few years ago. I hope this is an indication that the industry as a whole is beginning to take protecting their assets - customer and personnel - more secure. It's not good enough to just take part in bes practices and hope for the best, especially at large enterprises. 
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