8 Top Skills You Need to Become a Computer IT Specialist

The Information Technology (IT) Job market is a high-paying and secure one. However, it has been facing highs and lows in the past few years. Going through its worst phase in the last decade, job staffing in various IT Departments has gone down as well. In this situation, IT Employees are expected to be multi-specialists and well experienced in in-demand IT Skills.

8 Top Skills for a Computer IT Specialist

Here are a few skills that each IT Specialist needs to be familiar with if they are looking for a fast-paced career in today’s dwindling environment:

1.  Security Skills:

The present-day value of IT Security skills is on the rise, and associated jobs are pretty secure as well. There are a number of jobs that are available within government departments for information security specialists as well.

2.  Data Mining:

In actuality, we need to realize that the world revolves around data and all actions are informed by what we understand from that data. In this case, data analysis, data mining and information on demand skills have become tremendously important. There are a handful of jobs available for individuals with requisite know-how of data science.

There is an extensive need for individuals with knowledge in the world of data intensive computing who can manage a huge amount of data as well as extract knowledge from the same.

3.  Microsoft Office Knowledge

Microsoft is such an important app we use daily but if you plan to become a specialist you should have deep skills. All these skills are important to manage different duties. The most important skill you should have among MS Office apps is Excel skill to handle spreadsheets.

While the other MS Office apps such as MS Word, Power Point can be easy learned by yourself or following free tutorials online, but for zero to Excel expert you should do courses.

4. Web Development

A number of experts in the field have observed how Web Development is the single-most important technological evolution of our times. An individual with mediocre talent can also create a useful application in a short time span. It is the most integral part of any product that has a technological base i.e. website or an app.

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A number of experts in the field have observed how Web Development is the single-most important technological evolution of our times. An individual with mediocre talent can also create a useful application in a short time span. It is the most integral part of any product that has a technological base i.e. website or an app.

5. Networking

It is one of the most sought field for computer specialists today. CISCO offers the most prestigious certification in this field, known as CCNA that promotes CISCO as well as promotes network construction management. The course also covers integral topics of networking like WAN and LAN and hence, enables the student to enhance its knowledge on internet networking security.

Moreover, Cisco CCNA also offers a profound analysis of TCP/IP networking and other functional aspects to give young professionals a boost in preparing for a networking career.

6. Database experience in SQL

Performance tuning in SQL Server affects all SQL environments, in different ways. If you do not have enough experience in troubleshooting and monitoring, you will end up spending more time and effort in tuning your SQL Server than required.Performance tuning in SQL Server ensures that the SQL statements that have been released by an application run in the fastest possible time.

Basically, it implies finding and taking the quickest route to answer your query, just like discovering the fastest route to your home after work.

7. Business Process Management

Business process management/modeling/methodology is anther IT Niche that has witnessed gains in the last decade. BPM is one of the key issues that a company considers before it even employs IT to solve the pre-defined business problems. This enables managers to give structure to operations, understand bottlenecks and increase efficiency in the organization.

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8. Optimization of IT:

IT Experts are speculating a bright future for individuals who have experience in facets of IT optimization such as virtualization and cloud computing. On the other hand, it is also possible that these jobs end up in the service department as compared to the IT departments.

Cloud computing is gradually moving towards what will be the ‘future of the internet world’. It makes storage, maintenance of apps easier and improves efficiency and cash flow.

Apart from the above-mentioned technical skills, there are a few soft skills that an IT specialist definitely needs to possess.  Integrity, Self-Discipline, Humility, Problem-Solving Skills, Critical Thinking skills, attention to detail, a knack for perfection and excellent communication skills are a few added skills that act as an advantage to anyone who possesses them.

Genelia Timothi

Genelia is the chief editor at Bloggingrepublic.com and manages our Content Writing projects. She is an avid freelance writer / editor with 8+ years of experience in working with top notch online publication viz. Huffpost, IB Times and Yahoo.
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