Over the past few weeks, we highlighted some of the findings in Accenture's study on skills shortages in the US and plans by businesses to increase their investment in training. Last week, we discussed the most in-demand skills in the manufacturing sector, where many executives reported to be experiencing or facing skills shortages. Today, we're reviewing the occupational area where the companies surveyed had the most demand, information technology. Below we listed the most commonly advertised IT skills to see which abilities candidates need to possess to help businesses close their perceived gap.
Most In-Demand IT Skills
- Oral and Written Communication
- Software Development
- Project Management
- Structured Query Language (SQL)
- Problem Solving
- Quality Assurance (QA)
- Systems Development Lifecycle (SDLC)
- Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
- Microsoft Office
- Business Requirements Gathering
- Detail Oriented
- Self-starting / Self-motivated
- Application Development
- Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
Oral and written communication skills continue to be the most commonly advertised soft IT skill while software development is the most in-demand hard IT skill. Knowledge of specific programming languages and hardware/software skills appear in 11 of the 20 spots above. When comparing the list above to the last time we evaluated commonly required hard and soft IT skills, we found that Oracle knowledge moved up the list while HTML declined several spaces. The personality related and commonly known abilities required in IT job ads remained the same.
Hiring Scale for Soft IT Skills: Detail Oriented, Self-starting / Self-motivated, and Troubleshooting
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