I read an article from Computer World called "The Hottest IT skills to Survive a Cool Economy" which comes as a result of their Computerworld 2008 Salary Survey, and it states the trends on which will be the most demanded/best paid IT Skills in the next 5 years.
It identifies Web Developers, Network Administrators and Information Security Managers at the top of demand.
SECURITY is the top skill among organizations, according to a CompTIA survey of 3,500 IT Managers from 9 countries, --Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the U.K. and the U.S.-- 73% of the respondents identified security, firewalls and data privacy as the IT skills that are most important to their organizations today. But just 57% of the same group said their IT employees are proficient in security. This leaves a 16% GAP to be covered yet.
Something that called my attention in the article is the recognition of the increasing pervasiveness of remote access for mobile employees and the implementation of wireless networks, particularly on high demand from Health Care and Education industries. This increase challenges IT sector tu secure communications, data and networks.
Hence, wireless technologies is included as a top too, at least for the next 5 years.
I know in the end, it's not about going with the trend, but about doing a quality job.
But it's also about being a "value worker": that who provides real value through the contribution of his/her work rather that the amount of extra-hours applied.
So, preparing our skills on these areas will ensure we can provide high-value where we will be more needed. And in these downstream times, where we struggle to keep our jobs, this is important to consider.
I just changed from company, and my new work is in the Telecommunications area, particularly on wireless technology. I leaked in through a Java project, but I'm preparing myself to hop-in to this wireless train.
And you, what are you doing to be a value worker?