Thursday, April 24, 2008

Tips on Declining IT Skills In The Technology Market

Technical skills may never die, but some areas of expertise in the field of technology as it advances may be going into extinction. IT staffs that will forsake yesterday's craft in favour of tomorrow's must be talented in the technology world of today.

It is very difficult for IT industry watchers to identify specific IT skills that are dead or completely useless. In a right sense some of these skills are truly on their way to what one can considered as a thing of the past.

This days skills like virtualization has risen to the top of many company's must lists while high tech talents in certain operating systems and specific vendor products fall to the bottom.

Some of the high tech skills that don't demand the pay they once did are:

(1) Plain Old HTML: As web 2.0 technologies such as AJAX and XML has taken over from HTML programming.

(2) Legacy Programming Languages: Programming languages such as Cobol, Fortran, PowerBuilder and more don't rate like they use to be. IT work-force and compensation research conducted by Foote Partners shown that cobol, PowerBuilder and Jini non certified skills were among the lowest-paying skills in the second half of 2007.

(3) Netware: Operating systems technology remains on top demand among hiring managers, but expertise in Novell's network operating system Netware are becoming obsolete compare to other technologies. Nowadays, window Server and Linux skills have replaced or are replacing Netwares skills in term of demand.

(4) Non-IP Network: Internet Protocol(IP) and Internet skills are outweighing non-IP network expertise and know-how in technologies such as IBM's System Network Architecture(SNA) which is ranked among the lowest paying skills.

(5) PC Technical Support: The Computer Technology Trade Association (CompTIA) reports that hardware skills and knowledge, including expertise with printers and PCs are on the decline in term of demand. According to research it was found that the skill area expected to decline the most in importance is hardware.

Conclusively, with these few exposition, it is pertinent for old IT practitioners to improve their skills while new or prospective IT experts should know where to channel their energy for success in their careers. Beware of the declining areas of IT and look for more rewarding IT skills that are in high demand in the IT market of today.