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TEKsystems surveyed 2,400 IT professionals for a Skills Sustainability Snapshot.

What’s on the minds of those driving the IT industry?

  • Evolving technology
  • Attraction and retention
  • Business skills
  • Retirement

Top five technologies with the biggest impact on organizations in 2013:

  • Cloud
  • Security
  • Mobility
  • Business intelligence (BI)
  • Big Data

Educational institutions will likely offer programs that focus on these technology areas:

  • Security: 85 percent
  • Cloud: 73 percent
  • BI: 69 percent
  • Mobility: 65 percent
  • Big Data: 53 percent

Almost half of respondents agreed that their company struggles with attracting, retaining and developing their IT workforce.

Top IT skills leading to contract:

  • Developer
  • Programmer

Permanent positions:

  • Database administrator
  • Network administrator

Where would IT professionals prefer to work?

  • Industry
    • Information technology
    • Aerospace and defense
    • Healthcare
  • Company
    • Google
    • Apple
    • Microsoft
  • Why?
    • Cutting-edge technology
    • Corporate culture
    • Proven record

Best things about being an IT pro?

  • Good money
  • Exciting, cutting-edge work
  • Sustainable, high-demand field

93 percent agree that future success will call for strong business skills. Top skills and attributes to improve in order to be successful:

  • Verbal communication
  • Understanding of the business/industry
  • Problem solving
  • Written communication

Nearly 70 percent agree that in the future, more IT professionals will be aligned to various areas of the business rather than within the IT department.

When do IT professionals think they will retire?

  • One-quarter don’t think they will be able to retire
  • 45 percent said they will be able to retire between the ages of 61-70

So what else are IT professionals thinking about?

For more information about this survey, solutions to these challenges and more, please check out TEKsystems.com.