Newer and more cutting-edge professions and skills will continue to proliferate around the world as more industries adopt tech-driven techniques to grow and prosper.
There’s no denying it: a war for IT talent is raging. Recruiting technologists and filling open tech roles will be challenging in the year ahead, according to nearly three-quarters (73%) of global technology leaders surveyed for IEEE’s Impact of Technology in 2022 and Beyond report.
The enterprise’s needs and the tech talent market’s capabilities, on the other hand, are a mixed bag. There are hot and cold skills, as well as a wide range of enterprise technology requirements. It’s become as much an art as a science to figure out how to best match supply and demand. Creating “micro career routes suited to individual objectives” will be crucial this year.
For both hiring managers and job hopefuls, knowing which qualities are expected to increase in value and which are likely to diminish is critical. For the year 2022, here are a few booming and disappearing IT skills.
Product management is flourishing
As more CIOs shift away from project-based development and toward agile development, they will require people with a mix of technological, business, and leadership skills to bring high-impact technology innovations to market, whether internally or externally.
Cloud and container technology are flourishing
Cloud computing, specifically configuration, deployment, security, and troubleshooting for cloud services, is one skill set that will be in high demand in 2022.
In response to the pandemic’s challenges, organizations expedited and expanded their use of cloud infrastructure, and they will continue to do so in pursuit of digital transformation projects, which typically go hand-in-hand with the cloud. According to the Linux Foundation’s 2021 Open Source Jobs Report, cloud-native skills are currently in more demand than any other technological area. For the second year in a row, nearly half of hiring managers (46%) are looking for cloud and container technology expertise, making this the most in-demand skill set, followed by Linux.
Developing cybersecurity mindsets for everyone is flourishing
There are new and developing threat vectors and attack surfaces as firms go forward on their digital transformation journey, with deep/wide convergence in functional areas such as R&D, manufacturing, engineering, supply chain and logistics, paired with cloud adoption. Insider threats are becoming more common. As governments continue to enact cyber security and data privacy legislation, as well as the data sovereignty implications, global trade becomes even more problematic.
Adopting a “security by design” mentality is the proper reaction to the rising risk and complexity. Cloud, networks, threat hunting, private/public/government sector collaboration, privacy, and counterintelligence will all demand up skilling and reskilling.
Expertise in a single technology is fading
Since corporate success will be determined by the convergence of digital technologies, multi tech skills and leadership will be essential. People who can coordinate a complex technological and business process landscape and grasp technologies like edge computing and AI will be sought after by CIOs.
Employers are looking for skills in combinations that match their future demands as the IT landscape evolves. IT professionals should avoid becoming highly specialized in niche products or technology if they want to stay competitive.
STEM degrees are always necessary is fading
More and more companies are hiring people based on their skills rather than their educational background. For many of its roles, the IT organization has gone degree-blind. Many jobs and sectors will continue to make this requirement optional.
Traditional PMO leadership is fading
The skills and techniques associated with traditional project management will become less valuable as agile integrated IT delivery becomes more common. Traditional PMOs are no longer required by new companies that switch to a product model.