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The Top Jobs, Tech Skills and Programming Languages

A Summary of the Most Popular Lists Featuring 2017’s Hottest Jobs

The Top Jobs, Tech Skills and Programming Languages of 2017Along with ambitious resolutions destined to fail, every New Year promises Top 10 lists published by every blog and media outlet, summarizing the top trends of the previous year and predicting new ones to come (we’re guilty of this ourselves… and have no shame about it either).

One such topic you may have seen is the hottest jobs, tech skills and programming languages. In case you haven’t been able to keep up, we compiled the lists from the industry leaders. Many are based in the United States; however, in our experience, in many industries (especially IT), employment and tech trends carry over to Canada as well.

As you scroll through the lists, you’ll notice one recurring factor — information technology is as hot in 2017 as its been for the past many years. Even in the generic employment lists, IT is in significant demand across all industries.

Fastest-Growing Skills, Q4 2016 (Upwork)

Upwork, arguably the world’s largest freelancing website, releases a quarterly list of the fastest growing tech skills. These were the fastest growing skills at the end of Q4 2016:

  1. Natural language processing
  2. Swift
  3. Tableau
  4. Amazon Marketplace Web Services (MWS)
  5. Stripe
  6. Instagram marketing
  7. MySQL programming
  8. Unbounce
  9. Social media management
  10. AngularJS

Toughest Jobs to Fill (CareerCast)

CareerCast published this list of the most in-demand positions that recruiters and hiring managers have the hardest time filling:

  1. Data scientist
  2. Financial advisor
  3. General and operations manager
  4. Home health aide
  5. Information security analyst
  6. Medical services manager
  7. Physical therapist
  8. Registered nurse
  9. Software engineer
  10. Truck driver

Technical Skills with The Biggest Increases In Demand (Forbes)

Early in 2017, Forbes revealed this list, ranking the top technical skills based on how often they appeared in job descriptions.

  1. Big Data
  2. js
  3. Tableau
  4. NoSQL
  5. Apache Hadoop
  6. HTML5
  7. Python
  8. Oracle
  9. JSON
  10. Salesforce CRM

10 Programming Languages Every Developer Should Learn (Social Hire)

Here’s SocialHire’s list of what they believe are the “crème de la crème of programming languages”:

  1. Java
  2. JavaScript
  3. C#
  4. Python
  5. Swift
  6. Rust
  7. Dart
  8. PHP
  9. Scala
  10. HTML5

Best Jobs in America (Glassdoor)

Glassdoor regularly ranks jobs based on number of job openings, salary and overall job satisfaction rating. These are their results for the United States in 2017:

  1. Data Scientist
  2. DevOps Engineer
  3. Data Engineer
  4. Tax Manager
  5. Analytics Manager
  6. HR Manager
  7. Database Administrator
  8. Strategy Manager
  9. UX Designer
  10. Solutions Architect

Most Promising Jobs of 2017 (LinkedIn)

As the world’s leading professional social network, LinkedIn may be the resource most connected to job seekers and employers alike. This is what they predict will be the most promising jobs this year:

  1. Hospitalist
  2. Pharmacist
  3. Sales Engineer
  4. Site Reliability Engineer
  5. Product Manager
  6. Financial Analyst
  7. Technical Program Manager
  8. Program Manager
  9. Data Engineer
  10. Scrum Master

Best Jobs in America (CNN/PayScale)

CNN and PayScale also created a list of the top careers, that they say have the biggest growth, best pay and most satisfying work. Here are the first 10 from their list of 100 careers:

  1. Mobile Applications Developer
  2. Risk Management Director
  3. Landman
  4. Product Analyst
  5. Information Assurance Analyst
  6. Quality Assurance Coordinator (RN)
  7. Clinical Applications Specialist
  8. Hospital Administrator
  9. Database Analyst
  10. Finance & Administration Director

2017: The Year of Encryption Everywhere (Infographic)

Security is far from a “rising trend” in 2017 — it’s a fact that has now ruled the internet for years and is not going anywhere. One thing we can be certain of is that as hackers get more sophisticated, so too must our security, and specifically encryption.

According to this infographic from the SSLShop, 2017 is going to see the most encryption yet, due to a number of factors, including Google’s upcoming browser features. If you’re involved in any website or security projects, have a look to see what you can expect in the coming months. Is there anything you can add or would reject from the list?

2017 The Year Of Encryption Everywhere #Infographic

Top 20 Trends to Expect in 2017 (Video)

If you like keeping up to date on the latest trends and technologies, this post is for you. Earlier this week we shared an infographic with web design predictions for the coming year, but that’s nothing compared to this video from Trend Hunter.  In it, Jeremy Gutsche, futurist keynote speaker, dives into everything you can expect to see in the coming year.

Just a few of the fads we can expect to see are Suspended Adulthood, Instagrammable Fitness, Embedded VR, and Sponsorship Gaming. For all of the details and the complete list, set aside six and a half minutes and check out the video — you won’t be disappointed.

What Will Happen to Web Design in 2017? (Infographic)

Websites have come a long way since they became mainstream in the 90s. We’ve seen everything from busy backgrounds to flash-based sites to annoying pop-ups. Looking back, these trends were brutal but, at the time, they were touted by design professionals as the best thing out there. The fortunate fact about terrible trends is they eventually die and are replaced with new and exciting ones.

This infographic from Grafdom, a digital media agency based out of Dubai, outlines what they believe are the top 4 web design trends for 2017. These won’t come as a surprise to many since we’re already used to seeing them all on popular websites. What may be more interesting, though, is what Grafdom claims are on their way out of the mainstream. Is your website falling behind?

Trends of Web Design in 2017 [Infographic]

Gartner’s Take on Digital Ecosystems

Learn What Gartner Has to Say About Digital Ecosystems (Infographic)

A few months ago, Gartner published their 2017 CIO Agenda, titled “Seize the Digital Ecosystem.” It argues that digital ecosystems, environments where an independent group of actors share standardized digital platforms, are being used by more and more enterprises in order to reap growth benefits. From there, the report speaks with CIOs of top digital companies to learn how to succeed in that area.

The complete report can be downloaded from Gartner’s website with a membership. If you don’t have a membership, then start by reviewing this infographic from the Smarter with Gartner blog. It provides a great overview and is a tool that you can pass to clients as a value-add, to help them understand where the digital world is heading.

Programmers: This Video Could Get You a Job Next Year

There are so many programming languages out there that it’s impossible to keep up with everything. Some tech professionals don’t let this bother them, and focus at getting awesome at a select few. Other people like to keep up with the latest trends and be able to brag to recruiters and clients that they can code using the newest technologies.

If the latter sounds like you, then we have a resource for you! This 16+minute video from Chris Hawkes is packed with great information and goes over the top 10 programming languages that you should learn in 2017. Watch it and see which languages you can pick-up over the next couple months, then watch as you become the go-to independent contractor for some of the coolest projects in the coming year.