Is 2011 the year of Scripting? 11 hot skills for 2011
Interesting that prototyping and rapid development is predicted to make a comeback. Maybe this is the year when scripting becomes more important than more traditional, compiled languages that have a main() in them? Many of us already think scripting is pretty important, and much easier to learn. Yet, C++ is still taught in an awful lot of CS1 classes.
About 47% of the survey respondents who said they plan to hire IT professionals in the next year will be looking for people with programming or application development skills. Moreover, Monster.com reports that three quarters of 245 HR managers and recruiters it surveyed in May plan to hire IT staffers with applications expertise by the end of this year.
“Those skills are separate from enterprise business applications,” says David Foote, CEO and chief research officer at Foote Partners LLC in Vero Beach, Fla. In this volatile market, companies need to quickly reposition, as well as use IT to grow the business through new products and innovation. So “RAD, rapid programming and agile programming seem to be coming back. Companies are starting to increase some of their pay [in these areas], which means they’re looking for more capabilities in their companies,” he says.