6 Skill Gaps in IT Training


In 2019 and beyond, employing skilled IT workers will set successful companies apart. With increasing technical demands and a shortage of qualified workers, organizations should invest in training and certification to keep their workforce sharp.

According to the World Economic Forum, at least 133 million new roles will develop by 2022. As we interact with more and more intelligent machines and algorithms, these roles have the potential to dramatically improve your capabilities and your bottom line, but your IT department needs to be up to snuff. Fields such as cybersecurity, programming and development, and data science face an enormous deficit of skilled workers.

Whether you’re looking to modernize your IT department or launch a new career in a lucrative field, here are six IT fields with significant skill gaps that you can address. New Horizons gathered this data from 1,514 IT professionals and decision makers, and we compiled this information in our 2019 State of IT Training Report.


Software Application/ Development

Responsible for researching, designing, developing, testing, and operating systems-level software, software developers work in every industry to meet their needs. Application developers bring your offering to customers, both external and internal. As more and more business becomes mobile, application developers are invaluable for keeping in touch with a busy clientele. Good developers can make databases, coordination, and utility a breeze.

Average salary according to Glassdoor.com: $80,018


Protecting your business’s and your customers’ data is an increasingly challenging task. Businesses lose billions to hacking events each year, and the damage to their reputation can be even worse. The losses don’t just occur through direct theft. Hacking often shuts down systems and causes massive business interruptions.

Trained cybersecurity professionals are vital to keeping your company profitable, reputable, and secure.

Average salary according to Ziprecruiter.com: $119,877

Cloud Computing

The cloud offers organizations unparalleled access and agility, freeing their business from the costly demands of server rooms and physical hardware. But they still need IT experts able to run applications, organize data, and develop apps. If you’re looking for a new career, cloud computing offers exciting opportunities. And if you’re training your team, moving your business to the cloud will keep you relevant.

Average salary according to Payscale.com: $122,000

Data Processing and Analysis

Massive amounts of online traffic and business requires talented data processors and analysts to make sense of it all. Skilled analysts can take a jumble of numbers and transform it into meaningful information that can lead to actionable results.

Average salary according to Glassdoor.com: $67,377

Compliance and Data Privacy

From cybersecurity to accessibility, compliance and data privacy professionals can protect your businesses from hacks and lawsuits alike. By keeping your business up-to-date with ever-evolving best practices, these experts can stop problems before they even happen.

Average salary according to Payscale.com: $89,135

AI/ Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence is the future, and it’s only getting smarter. If you’re launching your career, working as a machine learning engineer leads to interesting, lucrative opportunities that engage with the future of technology. If you’re building up your IT team, investing in AI could automate processes, improve efficiency, reduce expenses, and predict customer behavior.

Average salary according to Glassdoor.com: $121, 863

From software development to cloud computing, organizations face major challenges filling these roles. Invest in your employees, and choose the training and certifications they need to tackle the problems of 2019 and beyond. Download our 2019 State of IT Training Report to discover more insights.

Download the 2019 State of IT Training Report

Jun 2019

By: Jon Blackman