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May 24, 2007

Skill Sets Over Time

I came across a great article on ComputerWorld today. Mary Brandel wrote a piece called “The Top 10 Dead (or Dying) Computer Skills.” I thought it was a really interesting read—mostly because I had forgotten that some of these technologies ever existed. I haven’t heard about nonrelational DBMS in years…

Perhaps even more interesting was thinking about how these skill sets have developed and changed over the years. C programming has turned into C++ and C sharp, and programming languages like ColdFusion have given way to Active Server Pages, .Net, Java and more.

It got me thinking—where will today’s hottest skills be in ten years? Early this year, we projected hot tech skills in 12 major U.S. technology hubs. I wonder how these skill sets will develop and grow as the technology in each industry does the same.

That’s why it’s crucial for job seekers to build on and continually advance their current skill sets. Last month, we discussed why this is the case for IT certification, but the same is true for these computer skills. By keeping up with new advances in technology, you are almost guaranteed to never be part of a dying skill.

Posted by Jim L.

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