Which IT positions are the hardest to fill?

June 19th, 2014 | Articles, Hiring Resources | No Comments »

What IT Jobs are the Hardest to Fill

According to a recent survey, 66 percent of tech industry executives aim to increase their workforce during 2014. Moreover, 82 percent expect that their businesses will increase revenue, a predictable precursor to increased hiring. For companies ready to acquire new talent, the competition is about to get fierce.

Which positions will be the hardest to fill? A recent Dice report indicates big data, mobile development, cloud computing, and cyber security are in the highest demand with the lowest supply of talent.

Big Data

Insight into customer data is a piping hot commodity. Influential businesses are leading the charge – reports predict 4.4 million Big Data jobs will be added to the U.S. market by 2015 –and more corporations will soon follow suit.

Over the last year alone, Dice reports that Big Data related job openings are at record breaking levels. The demand for NoSQL experts was up by 54 percent, Big Data talent by 46 percent, and Hadoop experts up by 43 percent. Consider the impending 190,000 data scientist shortage predicted by MGI by 2018 and the likelihood of acquiring qualified Big Data talent narrows substantially.

Mobile Development

Analytics firm Flurry recorded an increase of mobile application usage by 115 percent in 2013. Every major category was on the rise, but one of the most drastic increases (outside of the whopping 203 percent increase for social/messaging apps) was the 149 percent jump for utilities/productivity apps.

According to Dice, UI and UX professionals are up by 18 percent in year over year demand. That means, more large-scale enterprises are tapping into the potential of mobile development.

However, the industry is still plagued by a shortage of mobile developers. TechCrunch cited statistics which show roughly half of STEM graduates never gain employment in their field. On top of that, half of those who initially find jobs will leave technology careers for alternative professions. What remains is a scant talent pool.

Cloud Computing

Anyone involved in the SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS development process is in a lucrative position. Both SaaS developers and project managers, are up in demand by 20 percent year over year. Furthermore, any IT professionals with hands-on Cloud experience are up in demand by 27 percent. With 90 percent of companies surveyed in the 4th Annual CompTIA Trends in Cloud Computing study, that demand is not expected to wane.

Inversely, the same study found that 40 percent of participants were unable to deliver their full potential services due to a lack of qualified Cloud professionals. Even worse, 20 percent lost deals because of the acute shortage.

Cyber Security

With the Heartbleed breach and the proliferation of high profile hacks, the demand for cyber security has been amplified. Dice statistics perfectly emphasize this reality: job postings for cyber security professionals are up 162 percent year over year. No one wants to be left vulnerable but the necessary legions of IT security talent needed is yet to be seen.

Predictions made by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics do not bode well. According to recent studies conducted by the BLS, the demand for cyber security professionals will rise 37 percent by 2024. As of now, 56 percent of IT decision makers are already reporting a shortage of information security workers.

Staying Competitive

Whether the absence of big data, mobile development, cloud computing, and cyber security expertise can be recuperated in the next year is yet to be seen. Regardless, these types of professional will continue to leave some companies better poised to outpace the competition indefinitely.

by James Walsh

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