Gartner 2014

Gartner: IT careers – what’s hot?

Do you know smart machines, robotics and risk analysis? Gartner says you should

ORLANDO— If you are to believe the experts here a the Gartner IT Symposium IT workers and managers will need to undergo wide-spread change if they are to effectively compete for jobs in the next few years.

How much change? Well Gartner says by 2018, digital business requires 50% less business process workers and 500% more key digital business jobs, compared to traditional models. IT leaders will need to develop new hiring practices to recruit for the new nontraditional IT roles.

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 “Our recommendation is that IT leaders have to develop new practices to recruit for non-traditional IT roles…otherwise we are going to keep designing things that will offend people,” said Daryl Plummer, managing vice president, chief of Research and chief Gartner Fellow. “We need more skills on how to relate to humans – the people who think people first are rare.”

 Gartner intimated within large companies there are smaller ones, like startups that need new skills.

 “The new digital startups in your business units are thirsting for data analysts, software developers and cloud vendor management staff, and they are often hiring them fast than IT,” said Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president and global head of Research. “They may be experimenting with smart machines, seeking technology expertise IT often doesn't have.”

So what are the hottest skills? Gartner says right now, the hottest skills CIOs must hire or outsource for are:

  • Mobile
  • User Experience
  • Data sciences

Three years from now, the hottest skills will be:

  • Smart Machines (including the Internet of Things)
  • Robotics
  • Automated Judgment
  • Ethics

Over the next seven years, there will be a surge in new specialized jobs. The top jobs for digital will be:

  • Integration Specialists
  • Digital Business Architects
  • Regulatory Analysts
  • Risk Professionals

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