On Dice.com, the fastest growing skill sets included those related to Java, iPhone, Android, cloud, e-commerce, and mobile applications, although Oracle database and the combined category of C, C++, and C# software development accounted for the lion's share of actual listings by skill.
The key is to evolve your skills with the demand
IT, like other parts of the labor market, is evolving. As employers look for tech hands with broader skills and knowledge of business, as well as those skilled in emerging technology areas, many of the old skill sets are become less desirable, even though overall IT demand is moving in the right direction.
"The biggest mistake job seekers make is looking at what they have instead of what the employer is looking for," Foote says.
It is, of course, easy to preach about staying current in your job skills, thinking differently, being business-oriented, and so on. All of that is really tough, particularly for older workers. But two years ago, no matter how you tried, jobs simply weren't there. Now they are. That's a hell of an improvement.
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