Dice recently analyzed its database of job postings to see which skills had seen the greatest year-over-year growth between June 2015 and June 2016. It’s no surprise that many of the skills experiencing the largest increase were cloud-related; with thousands of companies turning to the cloud to fulfill their key business needs, there’s more need than ever for technology professionals who know their way around the segment’s platforms and tools.
The analysis also suggested that core skills such as project management are very much needed by companies, which is no surprise—technology professionals who can build out and manage complex systems are always in high demand, no matter what the conditions of the broader market. The need for data scientists likewise won’t abate anytime soon, given how even the smallest firms now wrangle with some truly epic datasets.
Without further ado, here are the skills that saw the greatest growth in mentions in Dice job titles:
Amazon Web Services
Job postings y/y increase: 76 percent
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is widely regarded as the 800-pound gorilla of the cloud-services industry, and with good reason: not only has the platform rapidly added more features over the past several years, but it’s also become progressively cheaper. As a result, a number of businesses large and small have chucked their on-premises infrastructure in favor of AWS—and that increases demand for tech pros with substantial experience in the platform’s inner workings.
If you want to be regarded as someone with Amazon Web Services know-how, consider earning your AWS certifications. These certifications include three Associate Exams (AWS Certified Solutions Architect, AWS Certified SysOps Administrator, and AWS Certified Developer) and two Professional Exams (AWS Certified Solutions Architect and AWS Certified DevOps Engineer).
Job postings y/y increase: 37 percent
A growing number of businesses have adopted the Salesforce CRM platform. It addition to building out its own offerings, the company has also spent the past few years acquiring various social-marketing and business-intelligence startups, boosting its portfolio. And if that wasn’t enough, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has pushed for the creation of a robust developer ecosystem, which has led to the creation of thousands of apps that interact with Salesforce products.
Thanks to that significant growth, there’s a need for tech professionals who know the ins and outs of Salesforce’s systems.