In this interview, Jim Herron from Island Training points out that development tools now have capabilities that extend far beyond what they had 5 years ago.
Island Training offers online enablement in the collaborative lifecycle management area (covering the Jazz suite). One area of development that is seeing significant growth is continuous delivery (or DevOps, as it is often termed). Jim suggests DevOps addresses the question of delivery to the customer of deployment-ready solutions at ever-increasing speeds.
Island offers free training to the community in the form of the 'Test Drive' series to help them understand new tools and capabilities, such as Rational Team Concert for System Z. The goal here is to get a 'small kernel of capabilities' into a large number of companies.
In terms of skills needed, Jim stresses the important of collaboration - something that isn't necessarily taught at the school level but that is vitally important for modern enterprise development.