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Top IT Skills in Demand

  • Programming & Application Development
  • Networking Administration
  • Database Management
  • Security
  • Wireless Networking Management
  • Project Management
  • Help Desk & Desktop support

1. Programming & Application Development

Programming and application development is the most in-demand IT skill. IT Companies who plan to hire IT professionals in the next year will be looking for people with programming or application development skills. Monster.com reports that three quarters of 245 HR managers and recruiters it surveyed in May plan to hire IT staffers with applications expertise.

.Net is a Microsoft programming language that allows for rapid development of powerful web applications with benefits of .Net framework. .Net offers many advantages that translate into accelerated development time, lower costs and greater maintainability. Therefore, it is in great demand.

For beginners, we suggest - .Net 4.0

2. Networking Administration

Networking administration skills never lose their luster. Organizations have upgraded to Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 client, Exchange Server 2010 and SharePoint 2010. Therefore the demand of Network Administrators, to ensure network traffic continues to move without a hitch has increased. Cisco provides the backbone on which the network traffic moves.

Following are the most popular certifications:

  • MCITP: Enterprise Administrator (Windows Server 2008)
  • MCITP: Server Administrator (Windows Server 2008)
  • MCSE (Windows Server 2003)
  • CCNA (R & S)
  • CCNA Voice
  • CCNA Security
  • A+, N+, MCITP: Enterprise Administrator & CCNA

3. Database Management

Databases are the hearts of key business systems that drive payroll, manufacturing, sales, transaction processing, and more. Programmers must be able to build programs that quickly and efficiently interface with the database management system (DBMS), while database administrators must be able to bring the full power of database features to bear on business problems. DBA expertise can be the Achilles' heel of database projects - many IT projects have failed due to the inability to secure DBA talent or successfully address DBA issues.

The major database vendors are Oracle and Microsoft SQL server. Oracle runs three main certification programs for database professionals. Oracle Certified Associate is the first rung of the Oracle certification ladder. Next is the flagship Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) credential, which certifies an individual's ability to manage, develop, or implement enterprise-wide databases and other software. Oracle Certified Master (OCM) is Oracle's most advanced accreditation. Microsoft offers MCITP and MCTS certification on SQL server 2008.

UNISOFT offers the following courses for beginners in Database management:

  • Oracle DBA- - Oracle Database Administrator
  • SQL- Microsoft Database Administrator Training

4. Security

Security is the only area of certified IT skills that has never had a negative quarter throughout the entire recession. Demand is being driven by regulatory compliance needs and by customer demand for tools with built-in security features. Valuable security skills include expertise in identity and access management, threat and vulnerability assessment, encryption, data loss prevention, incident analysis, governance, compliance and auditing, biometrics, Web content filtering, safeguards for voice-over-IP systems and e-discovery support for litigation.

Popular certifications of security:

  • Security+
  • CEH

5. Wireless Networking Management

For many organizations, finding staff with expertise in Wi-Fi and other non-wired technologies is becoming a necessity. Network job descriptions increasingly cite wireless skills among the requirements. There has also been an influx of training courses in wireless and certification programmers aimed at wireless administration and security. These are adding luster — and pay increases — to a range of wireless networking positions. Wireless seems to be an emerging driver in other skill sets as well, and those are growing in value as a result. One such skill set is the combination of messaging, email and groupware, which includes wireless messaging and email

UNISOFT offers the following courses for Wireless Networking Management:

  • CWNA
  • CCNA Wireless
  • CCNP Wireless

6. Project Management
As we emerge from the recession, organizations aren't likely to go back to the go-go days of throwing money at IT initiatives or taking risks and deploying without careful thought and planning. Organizations are putting pressure on IT to only implement projects that can show real return-on-investment. The first step to achieving a good ROI is professional project planning and implementation.

Project management skills often appear in top 10 skills lists, perhaps because some organizations got their fingers burned in the 1990s through the poor implementation of IT projects such as enterprise resource planning initiatives. But even though the profession is mature (in IT terms), project managers still have work to do to advance their status within organizations. According to an article on the Project Management Institute Website, project managers still have to develop their people skills, organizational leadership, and individual professionalism.

UNISOFT offers the following courses for Project Management:rince2®

  • Project+
  • PMP
  • CAPM
  • MCITP: Enterprise Project Management with Microsoft Office Project Server 2007
  • MCTS: Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2010
  • Project Server 2010
  • Prince2®

7. Help Desk & Desktop support
Businesses will need desktop support personnel to support new workers when organizations begin hiring as the economy improves.

Popular courses for Desktop support are:

  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7

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