The skills sets reported to be in greatest demand by CIOs were the following:
- Microsoft Windows (NT/2000/XP) administrators (77%)
- Wireless network management (48%)
- SQL Server management (47%)
In addition, nearly a quarter of CIOs reported a demand for Active Server Pages (ASP) development and .NET development skills.
While help desk/end-user support (17%) and networking (17%) are the job categories experiencing the most growth, data/database management (11%) and internet / intranet development (8%) professionals continue to be in short supply. These findings bode well for Web professionals with database knowledge and network administration experience.
Since many of the skills in demand are Microsoft-specific (SQL Server, ASP, .NET, etc.), Web professionals should consider obtaining certification in one of nine core skills. A 15-minute video is available to learn more about Microsoft certification.