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LinkedIn recently launched a report of the 25 hottest tech skills that got people hired in 2014 and topping the list, were Statistical Analysis and Data Mining and Middleware and integration software engineer. If you go through the list in a little more detail, you'll find things like Business Intelligence, IC specialist, Game Development and Algorithm Design.
Data Science is Sexy
Statistical analysis and data mining, aka data sciences, has been long touted the sexiest job out there for a few years now. It's quite easy to fathom why - the breed of talent is a convergence of statisticians, programmer and business expert, which is till date, a rarity. And with the advent of many more large internet companies, the need for them has just gone up. Data, in general, has just increased manyfold in the past few years and it is hard to think of a profession that doesn't need data scientists.
Internet of things is rearing its head up
Not very far from the top on the LinkedIn report, we're seeing things Middleware and integration software engineers. This could be because of the advent of the wearables and the internet of things. More day to day devices are getting more powerful in a computational context and are more connected. This means building more and different middleware, as these devices don't interact like conventional computers or phones.
Simpler languages FTW
Sitting pretty at number 10 is Perl/Python/Ruby. Python and Ruby have really freed the minds of programmers and has put the focus back on the business logic of the programs they write. Perl, despite being old, still has a lot of applications in today's computing world. For example, Perl is still preferred for basic data mining and is widely used by security engineers (which is 4th on the report). Furthermore, a lot of legacy systems are still in use today, which require Perl programmers.
Machine learning is getting a lot of love
Another interesting skill was Algorithm design, which was placed at Number 9, could be an outcome of the machine learning revolution. Like data sciences, machine learning has seen quite an upsurge in the recent past. Most software giants have machine learning as one of their prime focuses for 2015.
Mobile engineers are here to stay
Mobile engineers are still in demand. We're close to a decade of mainstream consumer mobility, and the requirement for mobile engineers is only going up. 3 billion devices in the world only means more applications, which only means more engineers. And with the advent of internet of things, smartphones are going to play a pivotal role. It's a really good time to be a mobile engineer.
It's a good time to be a specialist
Probably the most general tech skill on that list is Java Development or Perl/Python/Ruby. One could attribute a lot of this to the growing demand of Android Engineers, which is under the purview of mobile engineers. Almost every other skill is that of a specialist, many of them, very specific. If you're a techie, and if the trends of 2014 is anything to go by, it is a really good time to be a specialist.