IT skill sets in demand for 2011

Time to hone up on your business skills since that is something firms will be looking for in IT job candidates.

The Robert Half Technology 2011 Salary survey has just been released. Yesterday, I talked about the certifications that are in demand. Today, I'll talk about the specific skill sets that employers say they desire most in job candidates.

While specific requirements for IT jobs vary across industries and region, there are some skill sets that the survey revealed consistent need for:

Programming -- Specifically, knowledge of .NET, Java, mySQL, PHP, Silverlight, Flex as well as portal technologies like SharePoint. A business mindset -- Mentioned for several years running, the need for this skill set is not going away. Organizations are yammering for those people who understand how technology supports broader business objectives and who have the management skills to make them happen. Technological proficiency -- Those with knowledge of one or more of the major ERP packages are in demand since firms are seeking to maximize their existing information systems or to restart initiatives that were put on hold last year. Security -- Companies want people who can keep their information safe and secure. Infrastructure support -- Companies are hiring support pros and PC technicians, primarily on a project basis, as they upgrade their OSs. Networking -- With implementations of virtualization and cloud computing technology, firms are seeking IT pros with a blend of server, software, and networking skills. Electronic medical records -- Health care firms across the U.S. are in need of IT pros with the expertise to install and support medical records software.