What are the necessary skills I need to get hired in the IT field?

This is a great question! (originally posted here) It really depends on the job or career you want to land as far as what skills you want. Programming itself is a HUGE field, it consists of “Frontend Engineers”, “Backend Engineers”, “DevOps Engineer” and more. You can create a list of what you see from job postings and while that is all good, that is like a medical student looking at a bunch of jobs for surgeons, podiatrists, general practitioners and says “brains, feet, common diseases and suturing — which one should I learn first?”.

You have to know what you enjoy with programming? Do you enjoy it at all? Could you do this 40+ hours a week, every week, for the rest of your life? Would you be happy with the possibility of carpal tunnel? Slight joke but seriously, sucks that carpal tunnel is a possibility.

Once you know what you like to do with programming, tailor that to the company you want to work for. Look at positions for that one company and see what they require as each company is different for what they require. There are so many different paths. If you are unsure, I would suggest starting with the most universal languages, like JavaScript, Python, Java and C and see what you like. But the question comes back to you. Most programmers specialize, so what do you want to be good at?

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