Douglas Battista: Hard and Soft Skills Remain in Demand

Douglas BattistaThe US labor market remains tight with some of the lowest unemployment numbers seen in recent history. Most industries, especially those revolving around IT, continue to experience labor shortages, says Douglas Batista.

Q: What type of skills are employers looking for?

Douglas Battista: That depends upon the employer and which type of skill set you’re talking about. There are hard skills, which are those taught in school and gained with experience, and soft skills, characteristics that are linked to an individual’s personality. Sought-after hard skills include data presentation, SEO marketing, and data mining. Soft skills that never go out of style (but always seem in short supply) are leadership, time management, and communication.

Q: Why is the tech industry experiencing such massive growth?

Douglas Battista: There is little doubt that technology in all its forms is growing at an unprecedented speed. And that means more workers are needed to fill gaps, support current systems, and create the technological innovations of tomorrow. One of the most in-demand skills is cloud computing followed closely by statistical analysis and software engineering.

Q: What kinds of companies hire people with these skills?

Douglas Battista: The short answer is all of them. You would be hard-pressed to find a company, especially a large corporation, that does not have a dedicated tech team.

Q: Are tech jobs considered high-paying?

Douglas Battista: Absolutely, and especially for those with experience in software design, network security, and data management. Depending on where you live, an entry-level computer programmer can earn $50,000 or more. Managers and senior staffers at large companies like Amazon and Google can rake in more than $150,000 annually plus bonuses and a slew of benefits, such as flexible work hours.