New Year, New Skills: Tech Hiring Trends for 2015
As we head into 2015, tech job seekers will want to be on top of upcoming hiring trends as they send out resumes and apply for jobs. We asked a number of professionals in the tech industry what they think will be the biggest hiring trends for 2015.
Maybe Apple was predicting the future back in 2009 with it’s “There’s an App for that,” marketing campaign because in 2014, it certainly did seem as though we had an app for everything. Predictions for 2015 suggest mobile isn’t going to die down and will only pick up, especially as more businesses move to create enterprise and consumer facing apps.
Bottom line: Most in the tech industry will agree that having mobile skills on your resume can make you an attractive tech candidate for any company as more businesses focus on leveraging the cloud in products as well as in the workplace.
Enter any major company and you will be hard pressed to find employees working on a desktop. Most companies now supply workers with notebooks and a slew of Web-based enterprise apps. The rise of Web-based applications has, in turn, contributed to the rise of the remote worker. Employees can now access important files and data from anywhere, as long as they have a secure connection and VPN access.
As Simm states, this means having knowledge of Web-based frameworks will make you more attractive to hiring managers. “As more organizational are moving away from desktop applications to the Web applications, it is crucial for software application development professionals to familiarize themselves with current Web-based frameworks like ASP, Java or Ruby.”
Carrying over from 2014, big data will continue to be an important skill for those in the tech industry, especially in IT. As businesses begin to store terabytes of data, there will need to be ways to make tons of information accessible to users. Whether its company or consumer data, companies will be looking to hire people who can help them make sense of massive amounts of data.
“Data is an ever-growing challenge for IT and it’s reshaping how companies approach storing and analyzing large volumes of data. Consequently, companies are figuring out that they can mine that data to improve decision making and processes and gain competitive advantages.” Trevor Simm, founder and president of OpalStaff
Aman Diwaker, Principal Network and Security Architect of Nitro, notes that data will be huge moving into the new year “As data acquisition capabilities grow and marketing to key audiences becomes critical to success, we must be able to analyze this data intelligently to take advantage of quickly changing tastes and preferences in product and platforms that are available to consumers around the world. Data Scientists and Analysts must be able to crunch massive volumes of data to locate a needle in the haystack that may lead to potential future growth areas within the organization.”
With big data comes the cloud, as most companies and consumers are starting to store their data in the cloud. We heard a lot about the cloud and cloud computing jobs in 2014 and it will only get bigger as we move forward into the New Year. However, companies will face challenges figuring out how to keep cloud storage secure and safe for consumers and businesses alike. That’s where job seekers with knowledge of the cloud come in, and can help businesses feel more secure as more data moves into the cloud.
Internet of Things
The Internet of Things is a relatively new concept, but many believe it is the future of tech. And they might be right, when you consider everything from coffee makers, to thermostats, to washing machines can now come equipped with WiFi connectivity. Proponents of the IoT envision a future where everything is connected and accessible on the Web. So your coffee maker knows when you are going to wake up, your thermostat knows what time you will get home, and your fridge will tell you when you are out of milk. However, many are also quick to point out that the more connected devices we have, the more security risks we face.
“We're now seeing that the Internet of Things is encouraging attackers to try to hack devices like refrigerators, toasters, and even TVs. Anything connected through a mobile app, WiFi or through a wired connection can be used as a pivot point for another attack,” states Simm.
Which brings us to security. Some might think that 2014 was the year of the hacks, with a number of major companies alerting customers of potential data breaches, and some companies experiencing internal hacks. Moving into 2015, companies will be looking to save themselves from any potential fiascos around sensitive data being released, whether its internal memos, credit card information, or consumer data.
While each skill and area of expertise is unique in it’s own right, they all connect. As Simm states, “Companies are figuring out that they can mine that data to improve decision making and processes and gain competitive advantages. Additionally, as more companies move to cloud services, mobile development and a wide range of security expertise are needed.”