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    Hot Computer Skills for 2012 Include Networking; Tech Support

    Have you ever stopped to think about how dependent our society has become on the Internet? A couple of weeks ago, the Internet was down at my work for 3 hours. 3 hours! I have never felt so helpless in my life.

    Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it certainly made me realize how much I depend on the Internet for work. Not to mention the fact that I do a lot of shopping on the Internet, check my Facebook profile and personal email a couple of times a day, and catch up on news highlights that didn’t make it into the morning paper.

    The people who keep the Internet and computer working correctly are often forgotten until some kind of computer technology disaster strikes. However, they play a large role in making it possible for our society to continue to depend on computers for all sorts of things.

    In fact, employers are looking for people with these skills.  As more and more businesses rely on computers for their daily operations, and households continue to jump on-board the personal computer train, we need people who can set everything up and fix it when it’s broken.

    It’s comes as no surprise then, that skills like networking and help desk/technical support made Computerworld’s list of 9 Hot IT Skills for 2012. These skills include:

    • Project management
    • Help desk/technical support
    • Networking
    • Security

    This annual forecast list is put together based on insight from IT executives across the country. This year, Computerworld surveyed 353 IT executives. Based on their responses, Computerworld identified the nine particular skills that IT firms will be looking for in 2012.

    According to the survey, 35 percent of surveyed IT executives are planning to hire people with networking and help desk/technical support skills in 2012.

    “As long as technology is used in the workplace, there will be a need for support staffers, be they internal or remote,” explains writer Rick Saia. In addition, support skills can serve as a good starting point for advancement into other IT fields. Randy Bankes, associate director of IT at Lehigh Valley Health Network, says, “Help desk and tech support are points of entry for IT professionals and places to pick up the skills that can advance them into, say, a programming or systems analyst role.”

    At number four on the list, networking skills are also in demand at IT companies. One of the reasons for this demand is an increase in virtualization and cloud computing projects. As a result, job seekers with networking skills, especially those with practical work experience, are expected to draw the interest of IT hiring managers over the next 12 months.

    Need more work experience in your field? Check out these tips for getting more work experience during the job search.

    Do you have natural computer skills? Do your friends and family call you when they are convinced that their computer hates them and won’t cooperate? Or maybe you are simply interested in computers and think it would be a fun and meaningful career for you? No matter what your story is, there are training programs out there that can help you take your technical computer skills to the next level and get started in the competitive IT field.

     

     

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