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Need-to-know IT job requirements

IT jobs are in demand and many say they wish they'd pursued IT careers. But the job market has shifted under the feet of those who have worked in data centers for decades, making skills obsolete as new platforms emerge.

In this guide, we explore the changes in IT job requirements caused by trends such as cloud computing and mobility. We look at emerging IT career opportunities, new IT certifications and job skills that are expected to be in demand over the next few years.

The shift

1. Data center job requirements shift

Cloud computing -- particularly cloud storage and mobility -- is shaping IT job requirements. Employees who are the most diverse are in demand. Not only that, IT pros will have to learn additional skills to stay relevant and employed.

Jobs

2. IT careers and the cloud

Data center job requirements are changing, due to higher cloud computing adoption, third-platform opportunities and shrinking IT departments.

Getting papers

3. New IT certifications

CIOs and enterprise IT pros want qualified IT personnel who know and understand what they're doing. With changing and emerging technology such as SDN and cloud, vendor certification and training programs help candidates meet IT job requirements.

Up and down

4. Job reduction and expansion news

The change in technology caused a ripple effect in the job market and in data center job requirements. Some jobs have grown, while others have shrunk. BlackBerry, Cisco and Zynga have each seen its customer bases shrink, resulting in layoffs.