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Top Tech Skills for IT Enthusiasts & its Scope

Tech is a broad field, and there are a lot of interesting directions you can go in. In this article, we’ll look at the various areas of tech, how much demand exists for each skill, and where to go to start your learning journey.

JAVA/J2EE & Its Frameworks (Struts, Spring, Hibernate)

The most widely used technology by almost all the esteemed companies across domains (Banking, Telecom, Life Sciences, Financial Services, Aviation, Academia, Retail & Consumer products) around the world is nothing but Java.

And when it comes to what exactly you will have to learn, Java continues to be an unending ocean where you should focus on strengthening your core part of it as much as possible.


Aspirants normally get carried away with the charm of JSP & Servlets, but that kills you like sweet poison in the long run. Here is what ‘all’ you ‘must’ cover while opting for a Java course:

  • J2SE (Core Part)
  • J2EE (JSP & Servlets + EJB)
  • STRUTS (Framework for Java)
  • SPRING and/or HIBERNATE (For more sophisticated & advanced applications)

There are many other frameworks and supporting technologies for Java aspirants but the above ones are a must and most demanding ones in the Software/IT market. To learn Java, there is no eligibility as such, but if you’re targeting a decent job then you will need a Bachelor/Master’s degree in computer domain (BE/BTech/BCA/BSc [IT]/MCA/MSc [IT]) along with it.

Course Offered by: IBM

Top Companies Hiring

  • Future Focus Infotech Pvt. Ltd.
  • Capgemini
  • IZAAP Technologies
  • IBM

CISCO Technologies

If you are fascinated by various types of network wires connected to your computer, the plugs, and switches that hold the programming logic of those cables, and are curious about how data flows (routes)through those switches, CISCO technologies can be your choice of course. To start with CISCO courses while targeting a decent job, you need at least a senior secondary (10+2) or some diploma/graduation in computer sciences (or even a non-computer profile will do).

CISCO technologies are among the few courses which are most popular among non-IT aspirants who are targeting an entry-level job (but not without certain drawbacks viz. below-average work profile).

While opting for any network-based course including CISCO technologies, do thorough research on the infrastructure of practical labs of the institute, as the theories are of almost negligent significance in network-based courses.


The five levels of certification from CISCO are Entry, Associate, Professional, Expert, and Architect along with targeted certifications for Specialist and Technician. These are available in seven different subject areas: Routing & Switching, Design, Network Security, Service Provider, Storage Networking, Voice and Wireless.

Remember, if you’ve jumped into the foray of CISCO technologies then their certifications are a ‘must’ to drive your career forward.

The better the level of degree (graduation recommended) attained combined with the various levels of certifications achieved, the better will be the salary digits in your bank account and the work profile will vary hugely.

Course offered by: Cisco

Top Companies Hiring

  • Cisco
  • Servion Global Solutions
  • IMSI
  • Golden Opportunities Private Limited
  • BlueBall Technologies


Data Analytics is now a rapidly growing field and so this Business Intelligence domain has emerged as the most lucrative option among the current breed of IT graduates.

SAS, originally Statistical Analysis System, is an integrated system of software products provided by SAS Institute, to perform data entry, retrieval, management, mining, report writing, and graphics. Some explicit benefits are as under:

  • Widely used for business planning, forecasting, and decision support for its accurate results.
  • Extensively used for operations research and project management
  • The best tool for quality improvement and applications development
  • Provides Data warehousing (extract, transform, and load)
  • Additional benefits of platform independence and remote computing ability
  • SAS business solutions assist in areas such as human resource management, financial management, business intelligence, customer relationship management and more
  • Used in the analysis of results and report generation in clinical trials in the pharmaceutical industry

SAS comprises multi-engine architecture for better data management and reporting. SAS training prepares students for rewarding and very well paying career as SAS analyst, programmer, developer or consultant. Anyone can learn this course and appear for the certification exams, but usually, the ones who hold valid graduation in Computers/IT, are preferred.


The SAS Certified Professional Program was launched by SAS Institute, Inc. in 1999 to recognise users who can demonstrate an in-depth understanding of SAS software. The program consists of five certifications across different functional areas. Several SAS courses prepare users for the certification exams. To date many programmers have taken these courses, some experienced users just take the exams, and many other SAS savvy professionals are experienced but not SAS certified.

As per some recent surveys, about 60,000 SAS Analysts and programmers will be required in the next couple of years. Moreover, SAS consultants are paid the big bucks when compared to other software technologies.

Course Offered by: Udemy

Top Companies Hiring

  • Golden Opportunities Private Limited
  • Wipro Limited
  • Capgemini
  • Apidel Technologies

DBA (Oracle, DB2, MySql, SQL Server)

In a highly unpredictable and dynamic Software/IT industry, the one course which you can rely on for a stable career is Database Administration (DBA).

DBA is all about creating, managing and maintaining huge data files; and from the several database flavours available in the market, Oracle can be your best bet. Others are popular, but once you are through with Oracle, the ones like MySql and DB2 can be easily learned later on in a much shorter period.


To move to more advanced levels, courses like Data Warehousing can be pursued further. Again as with many Software/IT courses, there is no strict minimum eligibility to learn DBA, but a regular diploma/graduation in computers continues to be preferred from a job perspective. To enhance your profile, you should look for certifications (after completion of course/self-learning) like from Oracle or IBM.

Demand for DBA will remain positive as there’s no project in Software/IT that doesn’t use a database, irrespective of the size of the project. So if you’re on the lookout for a steady job option and data maintenance (programmatically) infatuates you, then a DBA course is the way to go!

Course Offered by: Udemy

Top Companies Hiring

  • Capgemini
  • Inspirisys Solutions Limited
  • PreludeSys India Ltd
  • Magna Infotech Limited

Cloud Computing

The biggest buzz in the IT town is all about the Cloud! We’re already using many cloud-based services such as from Google, Amazon, Microsoft, HP, and others.

It’s all about the “On-demand self-service “ model which allows users to obtain, configure and deploy cloud services themselves using cloud service catalogs, without requiring the assistance of IT. Traditionally, people and corporates would buy software and install it on their computers for use. With the advent of the Internet, all sorts of programs became available on a ‘Cloud’ – which is a word used to describe the network formed by the Internet.

Cloud computing customers do not own the servers and other physical infrastructure that stores these programs. Instead, they rent the programs – or the usage of the programs – from a service provider/ supplier. This helps save resources since the customer pays only for the resources that he or she uses.


Significant innovations in virtualisation and distributed computing, as well as improved access to high-speed Internet and a weak economy, have accelerated corporate interest in Cloud computing.

You will be learning things viz.:

  • Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
  • Platform as a service (PaaS)
  • Software as a service (SaaS)
  • Network as a service (NaaS)
  • Storage as a service (STaaS)
  • Security as a service (SECaaS)
  • Data as a service (DaaS)
  • Database as a service (DBaaS)

The rapid development of data being generated, advances in virtualisation and cloud computing and the convergence of data centre infrastructures are creating high demand for skilled IT professionals.

Eligibility: Anyone with basic knowledge of computers & the Internet can start with the initial modules of cloud-based courses. People with programming skills in .NET or J2EE may directly opt for the more advanced modules in Cloud computing.

Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Windows Azure is one of the trustworthy course options.

Note of Vigilance: The cloud courses are many, and the Indian software industry is no better than a newbie in this cloud, so before opting for a course available here, its content should be thoroughly analysed. The demand though will only continue to rise.

Course Offered by: Coursera

Top Companies Hiring

  • HCL Technologies Limited
  • Amazon
  • Disys India Private Limited
  • Oracle

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