IT Salary Survey 2014: Who's Hot, Who's Not

A shortage of workers with both technical and business skills has employers scrambling and (some) IT pros smiling.

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In the last quarter of 2013 alone, the market values of some noncertified IT skills declined 10% or more, according to Foote. He says there have been notable declines in the value of a variety of disciplines, including application development specialties such as agile programming and rapid application development (RAD); Oracle application server and database expertise; skills related to e-procurement and other management processes and methodologies; Mac OS X expertise; LAN and IPX/SPX networking skills; expertise in systems such as VMware's vCloud, IBM's Tivoli, and SAP and other ERP applications; and e-commerce development specialties involving the use of Microsoft Commerce Server, XHTML MP and JavaBeans/EJB 3.0.

But Foote points out that "just because something's going down in value doesn't mean it's not desired; it just means that supply is catching up to demand."

Abla, who consults for EMC at dozens of large corporate IT departments in Texas, brings up yet another concern when it comes to keeping skills up to date: the danger that some IT roles might be removed from the enterprise entirely.

"I've got a number of customers saying they want to be out of the IT business altogether in the next three to five years," he says. "They want their application development people to get what they need from a service or cloud provider, and then go develop the app without having a staff of people managing servers and storage."

Reed says such a shift would be premature for many companies, but IT professionals shouldn't ignore the possibility. "If you're in a role that will be impacted by [a technology trend] such as cloud, you must build that skill set out so you remain relevant in the job world," he says. "The IT jobs market is evolving. If both employer and employee don't evolve with it, you'll be left in the dust."

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