The New Year is shaping up to be a bright one for technology professionals, according to a new report from job site Dice.com.
In a survey of 860 tech-focused hiring managers and recruiters, 73% reported planning to hire more candidates in the next six months, and 24% percent said their additional hiring will be substantial. That's good news for anyone looking to make a change in 2014.
But expect the IT landscape to change, too. Here's a look at five predictions on hot skills, evolving roles, and how social media will change recruiting.
1. Big data skills heat up. Companies were quick this year to adopt and invest in social, mobile, and cloud, but the rise of these technologies has created an overwhelming amount of valuable data that businesses need to make sense of, said John Michelsen, CTO of software management company CA Technologies.
"Big data demands a new breed of data scientists, and advancements in mobility, social, and sensing technologies rely on resetting the design and architecture of applications and user interfaces," he said. "These are highly specialized skills currently lacking and impossible to recruit completely within any one organization."
Debra Germaine, managing partner at executive recruiting firm CTPartners, said that data scientists and data analytics leaders will be essential, especially in the consulting, retail, and banking markets.
"Enhanced customer relationship management and the development of products and services based on predictive consumer behavior spending patterns require the need for advanced interpretation of complex data sets," she said. "Using analytics and customer data is now primarily seen as a competitive tool that has calculated ROI."
2. SAP voids are still hard to fill. SAP database skills might no longer be sexy, but the demand is still high, said Rona Borre, CEO of IT recruiting firm Instant Technology.
"Assigning full-time resources to the SAP space is very difficult for businesses, especially in the US, but the demand for these people and skills will still be high in 2014," she said. "SAP isn't as exciting as something like mobility or big data. It's hard to find database people now and it will become harder because it's not that sexy skill."
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