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Project Management Declared As Most Desired Tech Skill For 2017; 54% Of Professionals Will Opt For Certification Courses

Most Desired Skills 2017

In a recent survey about tech related skills requirement, it was found that project management would be great demand next year. Right from electronics to manufacturing; aviation to health, project managers would be high demand right through 2017.

The survey called: ‘In Demand Tech Skills for 2017’ was conducted by Simplilearn, wherein more than 7000 professionals were interviewed by their Career Data Labs Team, across India.

Out of 7000 professionals surveyed, 54% belong to the age group 25-30 years, while 28% were in the bracket of 22-25 years. Only 16% belonged to 30-35 years group while the remaining 2% were 35 years and beyond.

In terms of industry, 63% of the professionals belonged to the IT industry, while 15% are working in software development and the rest 22% belong to telecommunications, financial services, advertising and digital marketing industries.

Top Tech Skills In Demand for 2017

The survey results revealed some interesting insights about the career roadmap for professionals.

While project management skills are found to be in high demand among architects, engineers; skills of big data and analytics was found to be in high demand from ecommerce and IT firms.

The top 4 most desired tech skills for 2017 are:

  1. Project Management
  2. Big Data & Analytics
  3. Cyber Security
  4. Digital Marketing

Certifications Back In Demand

The survey found an interesting trend, which was absent last year: demand for certifications and higher skills.

54% of all professionals who are going for upskilling belong in the age group 25-30 years, which showcases the fact that young professionals are unsatisfied with their current job profiles, and they want to jump the queue.

And, Project Management skills were the most sought after certification course.

Meanwhile, 30% of those who are going for upskilling are in the age group of 22-25 years.

If we talk about the locations, then Bengaluru is the city from where most number of professionals are going for upskilling, followed by Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Chennai and Pune.

If we compare these findings with LinkedIn’s similar survey on the most demand skills in 2016, then we will find Cloud and Distributed Computing absent from the list, while Linkedin showcased that as the #1 skill in demand for 2016.

Interestingly, Project Management, which is the #1 desired tech skill in India, is not even in the top 10 list by Linkedin.

Here are the top 10 skills which were in demand in 2016, according to Linkedin:

  1. Cloud and Distributed Computing
  2. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
  3. Web Architecture & Development Framework
  4. Middleware and Integration Software
  5. User Design Interface
  6. Network & Information Security
  7. Mobile Development
  8. Data Presentation
  9. SEO/SEM Marketing
  10. Storage Systems and Management

Which skill, according to you, would be in demand in 2017? Do let us know by commenting right here!

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