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Top Tech Skills in 2017

It’s 2017 and the jobs market has shifted again. LinkedIn has released late last year some data of the top skills needed that can land you the jobs that are in high demand for 2017. Check out the list and see if you are on track toward success. Or if you need to realign your skills and goals in order to be relevant in the marketplace.


It’s 2017 and the jobs market has shifted again. LinkedIn has released late last year some data of the top skills needed that can land you the jobs that are in high demand for 2017. Check out the list and see if you are on track toward success. Or if you need to realign your skills and goals in order to be relevant in the marketplace.

  1. Cloud and Distributed Computing:

Not surprisingly, cloud and distributed computing skills have remained in the number one spot for the last two years. There is clearly high demand and much room for growth as we are still at the vanguard of cloud computing.

  1. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining:

Statistical analysis and data mining skills have remained in the number two spot for the second consecutive year. It once claimed the number one spot way back in 2014. But still, it is a strong contender to be the most in-demand skill.

  1. Web Architecture and Development Framework:

Web architecture and development framework have always been a much-coveted skill since the boom of the Internet. There are still many businesses and professionals who have not jumped onto the internet yet and everyday opportunities abound for the person who possesses these skills.

  1. Middleware and Integration Software:

With our ever-growing number of complex software and business operations, middleware and software integration skills are latching themselves in the top ten skills for 2017. Smooth and seamless communications and functions between various programs and databases is something that most companies still strive to perfect.

  1. User Interface Design:

Inside the top five is the very important skill of user interface design. This skill matches design skill with marketing psychology savvy. Interface need to be intuitive nowadays as users demand more user-friendly and almost effortless interaction with application software.

  1. Network and Information Security:

With almost all information, both private and public, moving into the Internet and the cloud, there is no question why network and information security is a much-needed skill. Breaches in security even in the most secure networks such as government and military networks make this skill a top priority for most.

  1. Mobile Development:

With most of the Internet activities of users going to mobile devices, there is little wonder that companies are in a race to the mobile platform. Just look at the rapid rate at which mobile apps are built. Businesses and users alike want to connect with ease and on the go.

  1. Data Presentation:

Data mining and statistical analysis skills are ruling on top with cloud computing. But the data, in order to be relevant, are useful, must be presented to decision makers and users in a comprehensible, digestible, and insightful way. That’s why this skill will be priceless for years to come, for as long as there is data required by management.

  1. SEO/SEM Marketing:

A couple of years ago, these skills were in high demand. But it is slowly slipping out of the top 10 as the supply of Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing professionals are slowly catching up with demand.

  1. Storage Systems and Management:

With so much data flooding into the Internet and the cloud, there is an immediate need for a steady stream of storage systems and management professionals who businesses can trust to keep and organize information.

Changing times

As Bob Dylan said, “The times, they are a-changing!” And if we want to stay on top of our game, we should get ready to either pivot and start learning new skills or stay unmoved and risk becoming obsolete and irrelevant in the workplace. It doesn’t need to be these ten skills. But the lesson is to reinvent yourself or lose to those who do. The choice is yours!

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