List of Information Technology (IT) Skills

Most Important Skills Employers Look for in IT Specialists

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Information technology is a growing field. Commonly referred to as IT, there are many  in the technology sector. From programming and database creation to providing general technical support, there are roles for people with many areas of interest, and many levels of expertise. So what types of skills are important for an information technology career?

The broad swath of jobs available means that employers look for different skills when hiring. Some may look for expertise in a specific language or program, while others might look for more general skills.

For example, the ability to communicate clearly, the ability to manage complicated projects with varying milestones and deadlines, and the ability to manage budgets and the needs of peers in other departments.

Most Important Skills Employers Look for in IT Specialists

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Coding
One of the basic skill sets an employer will look for in an IT professional is the ability to write code. If the job is programming, an employer may seek a candidate who can code in several different languages, as many systems are built using more than just one language.

Writing code takes more than just proficiency with the coding language, it requires logical thinking, problem-solving, integrating different technologies, and having a broad understanding of information systems.

Even for jobs that are not specifically code-writing, an IT professional should have at least a working knowledge of the more basic coding languages like  and C++.

An IT professional should also have an understanding of the process of code-writing, in order to see a software development project through and to manage things like .

Communication
It’s a commonly held belief in the industry that IT professionals can exist comfortably as introverts, but this is a misconception.  are paramount for anyone in IT, as information technology professionals are often required to work across many teams and groups. IT professionals often have to provide tech solutions for people who aren’t as savvy. They have to demonstrate leadership at all levels of projects, and with many different groups. They’re often called on to present ideas and reports in larger groups of people.

Part of an IT professional’s job will be to build teams and foster  and collaboration among their peers.

Networks
Knowledge networking is something that will be required of most IT professionals, in companies both large and small. Knowledge networking is an extension of good communication skills, as it requires gathering groups of people in a working environment to share what they know, in order to build a system of knowledge within an organization that is more than the sum of its parts. Knowledge networks require individual IT professionals to be open with their knowledge and to be open and curious about learning new things from their colleagues.

On the other side of “networks,” some IT jobs may include network architects, engineers, and systems administrators. Network administrators (or systems administrators) are responsible for day-to-day operations of a larger system.

Time Management
Many IT professionals will need to be self-directed and self-motivated, and a big part of self-directed work means an ability to . Technology work can often take longer than anticipated, as proven by how often timelines and milestones change over the course of a long project.

An IT professional should be able to accurately assess how long a project should take, and then be able to stick to those timelines. He or she should also be able to help an entire team manage their time, on a daily, weekly, monthly, and project basis.

Information Technology (IT) Skills List

The following technology skills list is perfect for use in resumes, cover letters, job applications, and interviews. Including these skills as keywords on your resume and cover letter, will enable employers to make a match when reviewing resumes and cover letters. Required skills will vary based on the job for which you're applying, so also review our lists of  and .

A – G

  • Assign Passwords and Maintain Database Access
  • Agile Development
  • Agile Project Methodology
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Analytics
  • Analyze and Recommend Database Improvements
  • Analyze Impact of Database Changes to the Business
  • Audit Database Access and Requests
  • APIs
  • Application and Server Monitoring Tools
  • Applications
  • Application Development
  • Attention to Detail
  • Architecture
  • Big Data
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Process Modeling
  • Cloud Applications
  • Cloud-Based Visualizations
  • Cloud Hosting Services
  • Cloud Maintenance Tasks
  • Cloud Management Tools
  • Cloud Platforms
  • Cloud Scalability
  • Cloud Services
  • Cloud Systems Administration
  • Code
  • Coding
  • Communication
  • Configure Database Software
  • Configuration
  • Configuration Management
  • Content Strategy
  • Continually Review Processes for Improvement 
  • Continuous Deployment
  • Continuous Integration
  • Customer Support
  • Database
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Imports
  • Data Imports
  • Data Intelligence
  • Data Mining
  • Data Modeling
  • Data Strategy
  • Data Storage
  • Data Visualization Tools
  • Data Visualizations
  • Database Administration
  • Deploying Applications in a Cloud Environment
  • Deployment Automation Tools
  • Deployment of Cloud Services
  • Design
  • Desktop Support
  • Design
  • Design and Build Database Management System
  • Design Principles
  • Design Prototypes
  • Design Specifications
  • Design Tools
  • Develop and Secure Network Structures
  • Develop and Test Methods to Synchronize Data 
  • Development
  • Documentation
  • Emerging Technologies
  • File Systems
  • Flexibility
  • Front End Design
  • Google Analytics

H – M

  • Hardware
  • Help Desk
  • Identify User Needs 
  • Implement Backup and Recovery Plan 
  • Implementation
  • Information Architecture
  • Information Design
  • Information Systems
  • Interaction Design
  • Interaction Flows
  • Install, Maintain, and Merge Databases 
  • Installation
  • Integrated Technologies
  • Integrating Security Protocols with Cloud Design
  • Internet
  • IT Optimization
  • IT Security
  • IT Solutions
  • IT Support
  • Languages
  • Linux
  • Messaging
  • Methodology
  • Metrics
  • Migrating Existing Workloads into Cloud Systems
  • Mobile Applications
  • Motivation

N – S

  • Networks
  • Network Operations
  • Networking
  • Open Source Technology Integration
  • Operating Systems
  • Operations
  • Optimize Queries on Live Data
  • Optimizing User Experiences
  • Optimizing Website Performance
  • Organization
  • Presentation
  • Programming
  • Process Flows
  • Product Design
  • Product Development
  • Prototyping Methods
  • Product Development
  • Product Support
  • Product Training
  • Repairs
  • Reporting
  • Research Emerging Technology
  • Responsive Design
  • Review Existing Solutions
  • Security
  • Self Motivated
  • Self Starting
  • Servers
  • Software
  • Solid Project Management Capabilities 
  • Solid Understanding of Company’s Data Needs 
  • Storage
  • Strong Technical and Interpersonal Communication 
  • Support
  • Systems Software

T - Z

  • Tablets
  • Team Oriented
  • Technology
  • Technical Writing
  • Testing
  • Time Management
  • Tools
  • Touch Input Navigation
  • Training
  • Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting Break-Fix Scenarios
  • User Research
  • User Testing
  • Usability
  • User-Centered Design
  • User Experience
  • User Flows
  • User Interface
  • User Interaction Diagrams
  • User Research
  • User Testing
  • UI / UX
  • Utilizing Cloud Automation Tools
  • Virtualization
  • Visual Design
  • Web Analytics
  • Web Applications
  • Web Development
  • Web Design
  • Web Technologies
  • Wireframes
  • Work Independently

    How to Use Skill Lists to Help Your Job Application 

    The world has no shortage of need for information technology professionals. Almost every traditional analog or brick-and-mortar business now has a need for IT-focused employees, and that’s to say nothing of all the tech-based jobs around the world.

    Information technology jobs can be interesting, rewarding, and lucrative, so if you possess some of the skills mentioned in the list, a career in IT could be right for you. Using this list above can assist you in your application process in a few different ways: 

    Identify which skills you have: Sometimes, candidates take their skills and abilities for granted. When you have been doing a task or have had a certain bit of knowledge for a while, it can seem unexciting. For an employer, though, your personal mix of skills – including the ones you take for granted – could make you the perfect candidate. That is, if an employer is looking to upgrade documentation, then of two candidates with the necessary coding experience, the candidate who also mentions technical writing abilities will stand out and have an edge.

     Go through this list and identify all the skills you have. 

    Identify which skills employers need: As you review the list above, what might stand out most is skills you need to get a job, but you’re currently lacking. If there is a skill on this list that you often see mentioned in job postings, consider taking a class or finding a way to gain experience in the area. 

    Emphasize skills in your application: Your cover letter and resume are places to . You'll also want to highlight your skills during interviews as well. Keep these skills in mind when you are reviewing job advertisements – think about how the position's requirements match up to these skills.