7 hot IT career trends — and 7 going cold

The growing IT skills gap and demand for data pros and hybrid roles are disrupting the traditional IT career path. The following heat map of career trends with help you cash in and avoid dead ends.

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“Some universities are still in the process of bolstering their secure development courses, and over 40 percent of IT developers don’t have computer science or engineering degrees to start with,” Lesokhin says. “In 2015, the U.S. graduated 60,000 computer science or equivalent majors, and in 2016 we had 18,000 people go through online coding schools that are 12-week crash courses in the basics of programming. You do the math.”

The gap for security, compliance and governance focused on apps, cloud and systems will continue to widen.

“We expect this trend to continue,” says Sullivan, “particularly as high-profile security breaches unfold, like the one seen at Equifax where failure to put an important patch in place was a key factor.”

Cold: Traditional benefits (vs. work-life balance)

There’s no question that salary seals the deal on most successful IT hires, but we’re hearing a steady buzz about the need for benefits that go beyond retirement plans and vacation.

“Entry-level engineers value being recognized and the sense of being a part of something larger than themselves,” says Joe Vacca, CMO and EVP of strategy and innovation at IT recruiting and training firm Revature. “They want to work on projects that they believe in and make a difference. As for benefits, non-traditional benefits seem to resonate, as well as employment structures that are flexible and promote work-life balance.”

“It continues to be a competitive environment in hiring technical talent,” says Alex Robbio, president and co-founder of Belatrix Software. “Of course salaries are a key factor, but the opportunity to build a strong career and have an enjoyable working environment are also critical.”

Interestingly there appear to be some differences in the way American and European IT pros look at their compensation.

“According to our data, salary is the top driver for 62 percent of developers in the U.S., whereas in Europe with countries like France, salary was only the top driver for 25 percent of respondents,” says Lesokhin. “Building something innovative, getting recognition and seeing an opportunity for advancement were also among the top drivers for developers across the board.”

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