Wednesday Jan 16, 2013

What Are the Hottest IT Skills in 2013?

New Year, New Skills

The start of a new year is the perfect time to take a step back and think about where you want to go in the next 365 days, both personally and professionally. Here at Oracle University, we can’t really help you with the personal resolutions; however, if you’re thinking about a career change or want to position yourself for success within your company, then we can definitely lend a hand.  

Having the right skills on your resume at the right time can be critical to your success.  Below, check out the hottest IT skills that will help you gain an edge in the marketplace in 2013.

Get Your Head in the Cloud

It should come as no surprise that “Cloud” is one of the hottest buzz words in the tech world right now.  And with that popularity comes an increased demand for the skills that will help organizations make the move to the cloud.Investing in cloud training in 2013 will expand your skill set to include cloud deployment and implementation, making you a more marketable candidate for potential jobs. Beyond the cloud, you should be thinking Big Data/Analytics and Java/Mobile Application Development.But remember, just getting the technical skills alone isn’t all you need to widen your career prospects and potentially increase your salary.  Rich Milgram, CEO of career network Beyond, put it this way: 

“Learning a technology is the easy part. Having the mindset to apply it, having the mindset and logic process it, being thorough and detail-oriented while doing so, these are the critical skills.”

The Industry’s Top Skills and Top Jobs Compiled

Around this time of year, many industry publications and career sites run surveys that indicate which jobs or skills are hot.  These lists are a great place to start when considering which skills you want to develop and put into practice in 2013.   

1. Programming and Application Development
2. Project Management
3. Help Desk/Technical Support
4. Security
5. Business Intelligence/Analytics
6. Cloud/SaaS
7. Virtualization
8. Networking
9. Mobile Applications and Device Management
10. Data Center

Careerbuilder: Top Jobs in 2013

1. Software Developers
2. Systems Analysts
3. Network and System Administrators
4. Information Security Analysts
5. Computer Programmers
6. Database Administrators

CyberCoders: Top Technical Skills and Associated Job Types of 2013

1. JSON / Web Developer
2. Objective-C / Mobile Developer
3. Saas/Software / Engineer, Developer
4. Cloud / Cloud Engineer, Developer
5. XCode / Mobile Developer
6. SharePoint / Developer
7. ERP / Account Manager, Analyst
8. HTML 5 / Front End Developer
9. T-SQL / Data Analyst
10. iOS / Developer

Build Your 2013 Training Plan

Kicking off 2013 by developing a new technical skill is a great way to set the tone for the year. Start building your training plan for 2013 through Oracle University  by exploring Oracle Cloud Training, Java Application Development Training and Business Intelligence Training to give yourself the edge you need in a competitive marketplace.

Which IT skills would you like to improve upon in 2013? We would love to hear from you. Let us know in the comments section.

-Kate, Oracle University Market Development Manager
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