Every year the lists emerge, and Y2X stays on top of them in order to better understand what our clients need as well as where we should be pointing our team as well as advising recent service leavers to best future proof their new IT careers.

No Surprises

We’re seeing a number of shifts this year in hiring as technologies mature, new ones emerge and companies work to cut costs by blending full-time IT staff with contract work. One thing hasn’t changed this year: Recruiting top talent is still difficult, and demand in IT for quality talent outstrips supply. That’s why we think bringing new talent into IT from a military background gives Y2X the edge in the market. We’ve also seen that many people are on the move- or looking to move in 2018. One-third of IT professionals will be chasing new jobs in 2018, per Spiceworks’ 2018 IT Career Outlook, with higher salaries and skills advancement being their chief motivations.

Here’s the best from the Web.

According to Computerworld, it’s the top 10 most in-demand IT skills are:

  1. JavaScript
  2. Java
  3. Python
  4. C#
  5. Amazon Web Services
  6. ReactJS
  7. SQL
  8. Linux
  9. .net
  10. Node.js

We’ll definitely agree with number 5, backed by studies recently published by Indeed and Robert Half. 

Tech Perspective took a more strategic approach to their list:

  1. Computer Science and Data Science
  2. Software Programming
  3. Cybersecurity
  4. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  5. Internet of Things (IoT)
  6. Natural Language Processing
  7. Biotechnology and Healthcare IT
  8. Industrial Robotics and Automation
  9. Data Analytics and Business Intelligence
  10. “Soft Skills” including verbal and written communications, careful listening and emotional intelligence

Extra points for them, as we think #10 should be somewhere between 2-5, but more on that in a later post! 

IT Career Finder is more Role-Focused

  1. BI Analyst
  2. Data Scientist
  3. DB Developer
  4. Help Desk Analyst
  5. Network Administrator
  6. Information Security Analyst
  7. System Admin
  8. Web Developers
  9. Telecoms Support
  10. Wireless Network Management

And finally, show me the money. Here are some of the highest paying tech job (predictions!) for 2018 according to InformationWeek.

  1. CIO (well, duh)
  2. CTO
  3. CSO
  4. VP of IT
  5. Big Data Engineer
  6. Director of Technology
  7. Mobile App Developer
  8. Consulting Systems Integration
  9. IS Security Manager
  10. Network Architect
  11. Applications Architect
  12. Data Architect
  13. Senior IT Auditor
  14. Database Manager
  15. Application Development Manager


Want to learn more? Here are some of the places we used for review.

  • Spiceworks.com
  • CIO.com
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Robert Half
  • IGI Global
  • Forbes
  • Impact Business Group
  • ServerWatch.com
  • CNBC
  • Axelos.com
  • Tom’s IT Pro
  • Cisco
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • ISO.org
  • NIST.gov
  • ISC2.org
  • EC Council
  • GIAC
  • Microsoft
  • Oracle
  • RedHat
  • CompTIA
  • Network Computing
  • CWNP.com