Every so often, it’s good practice to look at which IT jobs are currently in high demand. It gives you a good idea of the latest and greatest trends, and tells you what types of technology other companies deem important.
An interesting side note: I’ve noticed a trend in these lists of popular IT jobs over the years: Java is usually mentioned. After so many years, why is Java still so popular in the business world? In my opinion, because it offers real, bottom-line benefits. For instance:
- Java doesn’t tie you down: It’s an open platform that works with any back-end system.
- Java applications are very portable: They easily move from one platform/OS to another.
- Java is secure: It’s arguably the most secure language.
Tell me what company doesn’t want those things? In fact, the biggest complaint about Java is the long learning curve. Unless you use a tool like m-Power, learning and becoming productive with Java can take a year or two, which makes a good Java developer a high-priced commodity.
What should this tell you? Businesses not only want Java developers, they’re willing to pay a premium for them. So, if you’re looking to grow your skills and learn a new programming language, don’t ignore Java. It is well established in business, and I don’t see it losing popularity any time soon.
So, besides Java, what other jobs will be hot next year? Check out the recently published CIO.com article entitled “6 IT jobs that will pay well in 2012.” It gives a good explanation of which jobs will be in the most demand, which should give you a good idea of what trends your business should focus on.