Most In-Demand IT Skills

During April 2013, there were more than 818,300 job ads posted online for computer occupations, a 5% increase when compared to April 2012. Last month, we looked at the most in-demand tech certifications. Today, we reviewed skills that are most commonly advertised in IT job ads.

Most In-Demand IT Skills

  1. Structured query language (SQL)
  2. Software development
  3. Java
  4. Project management
  5. Linux
  6. UNIX
  7. JavaScript (JS)
  8. Quality assurance (QA)
  9. Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
  10. Systems Development Lifecycle (SDLC)
  11. Business requirements gathering
  12. Hypertext markup language (HTML)
  13. Extensible markup language (XML)
  14. Application development
  15. Technical support
Employers seem to be placing more emphasis on hard skills for technical occupations as all of the skills listed above are occupationally oriented. Not only are these the most advertised IT skills, but all of the skills listed above also appear among the 50 most advertised skills in all job ads. Of these, structured query language is the most advertised IT skill. This skill is frequently required for Software Developers, Applications, which is the most advertised IT occupation. Programming languages are listed in multiple places among the commonly required IT skills, taking up 5 of the 15 spots above.

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