In-Demand Skills for Getting Hired in 2016

It’s a new year and new skills are top of mind. If you’re looking to brush up your knowledge or dive into something new this year, a career in tech is the journey most traveled.

Some of highest demanded skills in 2015 that are carrying-over into 2016 are in the tech sector.

According to LinkedIn’s Hottest Skills of 2015 on LinkedIn United States, 22 of the top 25 skills are tech. Cloud and distributed computing took the number one spot while mobile development and user interface design came in the number 3 and 7 spots respectively.

If tech has always meant development, this list will surprise you with mobile development coming in third and language specific development making the list beyond the top ten.


Some of these skills have been “hot” for the last few years and show no signs of cooling down because of the qualified tech professional supply “shortage.”

Robert Half Technology predicts the demand and supply imbalance in IT hiring is likely to continue in 2016.

That should be motivation to know the jobs are out there. With demand being so high, there is opportunities for junior, mid-level and senior level technology professionals.

According to Robert Half Technology’s 2016 Salary Guide, ASP, C#, Java, .NET, PHP, Ruby on Rails, virtualization skills and Windows 7 skills are top technical skills in demand from employers.

Beyond the skill baseline, employers are looking for well-rounded qualified candidates with a diverse mix of soft and technical skills.

Communication, problem-solving, collaboration, team-oriented and creative tops Robert Half Technology’s list of soft-skill attributes.

With skyrocketing demand and opportunities galore, if you’re looking to work in tech, now is a great time to explore your options.

If you know someone who is diverse, skilled and is looking to make a move into tech or to a great new company, don’t hesitate to refer them to us.