Job postings for certain IT skill sets have ballooned at more than twice the market rate

Here are the IT job skill sets that are growing in demand, according to the January Dice report.

The January issue of the Dice report has some very encouraging news for IT pros. First, according to the report, overall tech job postings on Dice are growing 40 percent year/year.  In addition, certain skill sets are showing a huge uptick in demand. Here are some points from the report:

  • Cloud computing topped the list with job postings up nearly three-fold (294%) to 1,300 job postings. This boom is likely one factor driving demand for JavaScript (+98% to 7,919) and HTML (+85% to 8,547).
  • Those specializing in Information Security (+109% to 1,680) continue to have bright prospects. Dice found that Employers frequently look for candidates who have earned the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) which is requested in a third of IS job postings. Candidates for the CISSP must have at least five years of experience in information security.
  • Dice is seeing a growing need for virtualization and, more specifically, VMWare experience (+92%). Nearly at an all-time high (2,100 job postings), virtualization and its ability to reduce hardware and operating costs gives corporations a reason to seek this expertise.
  • Employment requests for ITIL users have jumped 89 percent yr/yr to 1,619 job postings.
  • Other growing specializations include SAP (+87% to 6,679), PeopleSoft (+98% to 2,147) and telecommunications experience (+97% to 2,959).

By Toni Bowers

Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.