U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2015 that Information sector is has witnessed tremendous growth and lowest level of unemployment since the early 2000s. Another recent survey of employers revealed that the hiring managers are feeling more positive about adding IT workers to their staffs in 2016. In these conditions and opportunities what are some areas for IT pros to target for coming years. Here are top five growth opportunities for current and aspiring IT professional which also includes some potentially valuable certification credentials for each of these niches.

Big Data

Big Data is a big opportunity to exploit in near future. This area is exploding with technology and activity and many organizations and companies seek to make better use of data they have collected for years from their clients, customers and processes and business. This area is also called business intelligence, data science, data analytics and so on. It provides all kinds of mid to senior level opportunities and handsome pay. Many universities have now started offering advanced courses and degrees in this subject. Some certifications for big data are

1. MCSE: Business Intelligence,

2. EMC Data Science Associate (EMCDS)

3. SAS BI credentials.


Cybersecurity which is also known as information security or simply infosec, has been an evergreen growth and opportunity area in IT since the birth of internet. Still there are no signs of abating in this area because of its increasing need for qualified professionals. According to a recent research by International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., or (ISC)2, a potential global shortage of 1.5 million cybersecurity professionals is expected by 2020. This shows that qualified security professionals at all levels of seniority have great opportunities to exploit in near future.

Here are some certification recommendations from Oxenlab:

1. CompTIA Security

2. (ISC)2 System Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)

3. SANS GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) as entry-level credentials.

4. (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP),

5. ISACA Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

6. EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).

Cloud Computing

cloud computing job
cloud computing

There currently are 3.9 million jobs associated with cloud computing alone in US. There is an explosion cloud computing use as world continues to migrate the data, services and apps to cloud. There are great job opportunities in cloud-related platforms, tools and technologies and it is most likely to increase in coming years. Among many cloud certifications available, he is our recommended list of certifications you may consider.

1) AWS Certification

2) Google Cloud Platform CloudAcademy

3) Microsoft Azure Certifications

4) IBM Certified Solution Advisor — Cloud Computing Architecture

5) IBM Certified Solution Architect — Cloud Computing Infrastructure

6) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

7) Certified Cloud Professional (CCP)

Virtualization and Hyperconvergence

These uses of virtualization is now not just limited to apps and operating systems anymore, but its been used in networking these days, primarily in the form of network functions virtualization or NFV and software-defined networking or SDN.

Cloud is not workable without Virtualization, So those seeking opportunities in cloud computing can also groom there expertise in virtualization for better carrier. Using virtualization to combine computing, networking, storage and infrastructure functions under a single management console is referred as “Hyperconvergence”

There is no exclusive certification for hyperconvergence but that are plenty of program that deal with virtualization and also covers concepts of hyperconvergence. Oxenlab’s recommended certifications are as follow:

· VMware Certified Professional for Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV),

· The Citrix Certified Professional – Virtualization (CCP-V)

· The Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator (RHCVA).

Mobile App Development

mobile app development

As mobiles phones and devices have become the integral parts of human lives, we can not deny the increasing scope of mobile application development. Over just the past few years we have seen an explosion in utility of mobile devices and more and more companies across the globe have seized upon this opportunity to integrate their brand of their customers. The companies are grasping at straws when it comes to breaking into this market. So this is a big area for those who are trying to get professionally into IT field. The most famous certification for android development is “Android Certified Application Developer” and there are plenty of other credential in this area.

So you have read about the great and interesting ways to improve your employability and increase your opportunities in IT. Choose something that captures your fancy and then get to work!

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