Top IT Skills for 2020
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a very high percentage of candidates have found themselves unemployed, working reduced hours or furloughed. Even if you are one of the fortunate IT professionals working during this unprecedented outbreak, we invite you to read the compiled list below, which outlines the top IT skills and certifications that employers seek in 2020.
We here at Direct IT Recruiting recommend utilizing any spare time during COVID-19 to target and improve on some of these skills on this list and attend on-line training, tutorials, webinars. Some of these courses are offered at no charge.
Recommended IT On-Line Training Web Sites for 2020 are as follows:
Coursera.org – Offering Python, MATLAB, AI, Foundations Using R, Spreadsheets and Models
There are multiple stages of employment, as well as preparing for employment. While many are just entering the workforce, others may be looking into what skills build upon for future employment, and others may be trying to sharpen skills to potentially move into a different position. With this being said, this list consists of certain skills that have arisen as being extremely attractive to potential employers according to my 2020 research employment trends. Listed below is a set of IT skills that we here at Direct IT Recruiting have placed a strong emphasis on when we search for the best candidates.
Top IT Skills of 2020:
- Python – This programming language is a staple skill for any job related to data analytics. We highly recommend learning this programming language if you want to excel in the software development industry, Python is a must.
- Django – Python-based open source web framework.
- AI, Machine Learning
- MS SQL and/or Oracle PL/SQL – Back-end developers with SQL skills are in high demand. In my experience, the majority of back-end developers have strong SQL and/or PL/SQL skills, such as: SQL stored procedures, triggers, queries, T-SQL, and complex SQL scripting.
- Amazon Web Services AWS – cloud certification
- DevOps – Jenkins, Docker
- CompTIA – certification such as A+, especially for IT Support roles which are always in high demand
- Cybersecurity – This is a very important skill set however there are very few jobs as companies usually have a small IT Security/Cybersecurity department. These jobs are very few and highly competitive.
- Virtual Reality VR
- Internet of Things IoT
- Java – Especially combined with Spring Boot
- C++, C, C# – Never goes out of style
- .NET, ASP.NET – Still a popular skill set for jobs
- HTML, CSS – Always popular
- Git, GitHub
- MS Power BI – for Data Analytics
- Elasticsearch, ELK Stack, Logstash, Kibana – collects, manages and helps you analyze logs, create visualizations for application and infrastructure monitoring and security analytics.
- Atlassian tools – JIRA, Confluence, Bitbucket – I did not see this listed in my research however in my actual job searches, I have had to find candidates with strong JIRA, Confluence and Bitbucket skills. I strongly recommend acquiring an Atlassian certification and you will be above your competition.
- Mobile App Development – iOS and Android App Development
- COBOL – Call me crazy however, I have seen a few jobs requiring strong COBOL developers. The banks with their mainframes and COBOL applications are not going away, the baby boomers are retiring thus COBOL developer jobs will be in demand.
Top IT Certifications of 2020:
Agile/Scrum Certification – CSM, CSPO, CSP, ACP, ICP, PMI/ACP
Microsoft Certification – MCSE, MCPD
Microsoft Azure Certification – Cloud
CISCO Certification – CCNA, CCNP
Project Management Professional – PMP
Certified Business Analyst Professional – CBAP (highly sought after certification)
ITIL/ITSM – Certifications in combination with ServiceNow experience