Are You in Demand? The 2008 IT Skills Outlook

In IT, as in other professions, it’s all about the skills. Ensuring you are current on the latest and greatest technologies can open doors to new job opportunities, help you advance within your organization and lead to a more attractive compensation package. So, how does your IT expertise stack up in today’s environment? According to the Robert Half Technology 2008 Salary Guide, the following skills will be in strong demand in the coming year.

Microsoft .NET Development
As companies increase their investments in application and Web initiatives, individuals skilled in developing for the Microsoft .NET Framework are a hot commodity. In fact, candidates with these skills often can command a 10 percent premium over their counterparts without these skills. Expertise in .NET is valued in such positions as Web developer or designer and software developer or engineer.

SQL Server Development
The growth of applications and Web development is also fueling the need for SQL Server development skills. Firms need professionals who can write code, including stored procedures, database scripts and triggers. While some positions focus purely on SQL Server development, often these skills are applied to other roles, such as database administrator, applications architect and applications developer.

Windows Administration
Are you a pro with Windows Server 2003 or XP? Do you have Active Directory expertise? If so, you’re in luck. Robert Half Technology’s latest IT Hiring Index and Skills Report found that Windows administration knowledge is the technical skill set most in demand in IT departments. It’s…


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