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Common IT Employability Skills

What are the skills today’s IT hiring managers are looking for, and which candidates among today’s workforce have the skills to make them more desirable? This February 2016 summary of Common IT Employability Skills from CompTIA presents the results of a survey of 200 U.S.-based hiring managers. You’ll see data representing the relative rankings of key information technology skills in seven categories. Here’s some of what you’ll discover:

  • Support reigns supreme. Nearly 37% more hiring managers responding say the candidates they’re looking for should possess IT support skills, than those who say they should possess infrastructure administration skills. Information security skills rank nearly as high.
  • Big systems are more important than small devices. More hiring managers say, when they’re scouting for developers, they expect someone with systems analysis experience, than those who expect mobile apps experience.
  • SDN scores high. Hiring managers prefer candidates skilled in network and systems architecture, to those experienced in network applications such as communications, applications delivery, or messaging.
  • Analytics towers over data mining. About 40% more hiring managers prefer data analytics and business intelligence system skills over data mining skills — meaning, they prefer people who can infer the truth from data rather than detect it forensically.

Get an extraordinary glimpse of the mindset of the IT hiring manager — the person who may change the complexion of your organization, or may set the course for your career. Download this data deck now and find out what HR leaders think is the way forward.

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