Market Trends > Skills in Demand
Gartner analysts predict $288 billion in online revenue by 2006, up from
$72 billion in 2001. Already companies have started seeking security
professionals much more aggressively. Even as the average IT job pay declined
by nearly 6 percent in the past 12 months, IT security pay is up 23 percent
from the first quarter of 2001.
According to statistics, demand for IT professionals in the following fields
will double in the next seven years: Software Engineers, Computer Support
Specialists, Network & Computer Systems Administrators, Database
Administrators, Systems Analysts and Information Systems Managers.
Thus, as an IT professional, it is important for you to focus on skills that IT
managers, today, seek.
Over the next few years, companies will continue to spend billions on
e-business infrastructure and development as they continue to analyze and
protect their customer data. As a result, there will be a significant emphasis
on recruiting security professionals.
With Information Security a major issue for companies, opportunities
exist for those with an experience in:
• Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
• Intrusion Detection
• Firewall Implementation
• WLAN Management.
Another growth area is Applications Development, driving demand for
• Object-oriented language skills
• Knowledge of e-commerce applications, and
• Experience with Microsoft's .NET platform.
Next, Database Management continues to be a growth area, so IT
departments are looking for:
• SQL Server and,
• Oracle Database Administrators.
There is a brisk demand for professionals who can develop and maintain systems
(XML). Intranet and Internet development are also hot areas.
Developing Non-Technical Skills will also help you in the long run. You
will have an edge if you are an individual who possesses:
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication and,
• An ability to work under pressure.
Thus, as companies place greater emphasis on web services and increase their
focus on return on investment, understanding what is effective will become more
critical than ever before.