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In technology, the need for specific skills rises and falls for a number of reasons, some simple and others complex. And while it's never easy to predict the future, you can get a sense of who'll be in need and who should take a hard look at their career path by studying trends, talking to industry leaders and analysts, and asking tech professionals where they see things heading. We did just that, and the result is this package of stories that examines how technology and business will evolve over the next five years, and describes how it will impact your career.

The 5 Top Tech Jobs of 2018

2018 Tech Jobs Special ReportFour areas will beat the path toward how technology jobs will look five years from now: the cloud, mobility, employees’ demand to do company work on their personal devices (BYOD), and smart computing. Between now and 2018, Corporate America will rely even more on these areas than it does now because, as one observer says, “Technology is seen as a key enabler of innovation, and innovation is a key business priority.” continue...

Tech Trends Hint at New Opportunities

As technology becomes baked into the very center of everything from how businesses operate to the most basic ways people live their lives, the term “digital” creeps more toward obsolescence every day. Social computing, business intelligence, cloud computing, mobility, smart computing and the spread of employees bringing their own devices to work are becoming common things. continued...

Tech Roles Will Evolve Right Along with Business Models

Why track business trends? Because the strategies and goals of IT and the company as a whole are increasingly interdependent. If anything, that dependency is going to deepen as businesses look to increase revenue while cutting costs, fattening the profit margin and using technical innovation as a competitive tool. continued...

30 Jobs Globalization Will Put at Risk

IT companies are increasingly creating a presence overseas, particularly in Asia. There, they have access to a pool of highly skilled tech workers who accept less money for what they do. The impact of that could be huge: Upwards of 56 million jobs from a variety of industries are at risk of heading offshore over the next five to 15 year. continued..

Rising Roles

Evolve or Go Home