10 hottest tech skills for 2017

Are your assets bankable in 2017? Hiring managers say they'll seek out these skills most in the New Year.

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Cloud/SaaS

26% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.

Peter Danchak has been in IT for more than 25 years, the past 16 at Data Recognition Corp. (DRC), where he's now a systems administrator. Over the years, he has seen several companies, including his own, migrate more and more infrastructure to the cloud.

Danchak now works mostly with cloud technologies, supporting integration and engineering the architecture needed for a cloud environment. He says he gained the necessary skills through independent study and company-sponsored training -- and those skills have been welcome additions to his résumé.

"The cloud environment is growing so fast, it's creating many new opportunities for businesses and workers," Danchak says.

There's no single skill associated with cloud computing or SaaS; rather, companies are looking for a range of experiences and skills in candidates for cloud-related positions, says Sean Dowling, a partner at talent acquistion firm WinterWyman and manager of recruiting strategy in the firm's technology contract staffing division.

"Cloud architects, software engineers with cloud or AWS [Amazon Web Services] experience, DevOps engineers -- you see [ads for those people] all day long," he says, noting that help-wanted posts for system administrators and network engineers who have cloud experience are also plentiful.

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