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The Hottest Tech Skills for 2017

Breanne Wilson
Senior Web Project Manager - Oracle University

Written by Nicole Fornacon, Oracle University Marketing Director, EMEA/APAC

New year, new you, new job?

2017 is here, and if your New Year’s resolution includes a career shift, a promotion or even landing your first job, then it's crucial to be aware of the skills employers seek.

To identify the hottest skills employers are looking for, LinkedIn analyzed its 2016 site activity.

According to LinkedIn’s career expert, Catherine Fisher, now is a great time for professionals to acquire the skills they need to be more marketable. 

View the most in-demand skills around the globe according to LinkedIn, coupled with Oracle University's offerings:

  • Cloud and Distributed Computing: Oracle Cloud Applications - Applications, Platform, Infrastructure, Hybrid
  • Statistical Analysis and Data Mining: Oracle Advanced Analytics, Oracle Big Data
  • Web Architecture and Development Framework: Oracle WebCenter
  • Middleware and Integration Software: Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Data Integration
  • User Interface Design: Oracle Alta UI, Oracle Experience Management
  • Network and Information Security: Oracle Security Solutions – Database Security, Identity Management, Enterprise Management, Cloud Security Systems
  • Mobile Development: Oracle Cloud Mobile, Oracle Mobile Platform
  • SEO/SEM Marketing: Oracle Marketing Cloud
  • Storage Systems and Management: Oracle Storage Cloud Archive Solution

On the same note, Computerworld's Tech Forecast 2017 survey aims to determine IT priorities for 2017 in areas like spending, staffing and technology.

29% of respondents who said they plan to increase headcount in the next 12 months said the following are the most in-demand tech skills:

Developers and programmers continue to be leading players in the IT world, with hiring managers report programming and application development as the top skills they'll seek in 2017.

As the Internet is the vehicle organizations use to connect employees, clients, partners and customers, it's not surprising that web development jobs remain a staple role within IT teams.

Talented web developers continue to be in demand as companies add social and mobile platforms to their portfolios.

Employers expect top database analysts to have a range of skills. Recruiters say proficiency in data modeling and database design rank highly, along with the ability to ensure database performance and data integrity.

According to Computerworld’s survey, companies want big data pros who can build out current data sets and have experience with specific technologies like Oracle and Hadoop. Companies are also looking for engineers and architects who know big-data-oriented computer languages, such as Scala.

And they want people with experience in specific industries, as industry experience helps big data professionals derive insights and value from the fire hose of data.

If you're an IT professional and you already have these skills, that's great news! Your services are in demand.

In today's fast-changing global IT environment, your most important investment is in yourself. Job experience, coupled with a well-respected Oracle Certification that validates your skill and proficiency, sets you on a path to a better and more rewarding career.

Develop the Hottest Skills - Take Oracle University Training

If you want to pursue a career in the tech industry, Oracle University is an outstanding vehicle to get you there.

Cloud computing and big data analytics will constitute a significant driver of employment growth. Individuals who can process, analyze, visualize and present data will continue to be in demand.

If you're passionate about databases and want to develop in demand skills, educational programs through Oracle University will help you elevate your skills.

While some skills lose their relevance every couple of years, LinkedIn and Computerworld’s data strongly suggests that tech skills will remain in demand for years to come, in every industry.

Use Oracle technology to secure your future. The IT industry is looking for well trained professionals, and with the right training and certification, IT companies will be looking for you.

Check out the most popular Oracle Certifications and choose the one that will become a solid base of a successful career in IT.

Additional source: World Economic Forum

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Comments ( 1 )
  • shishu paul Wednesday, June 14, 2017
    I am working as Oracle Apps Technical Consultant ( RICE Components) + XML and Workflow Builder hands.
    To be in this industry what should I learn.
    Please guide keep in mind that my age is 45+
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