Top 5 In-Demand Tech Skills
Over 50% of development leaders and company learning said technical skills are their top training priority, shows a Udemy study conducted last year. Businesses have acknowledged the importance of well-prepared IT candidates and are willing to put out competitive offers to win them over. If you are interested in the tech industry and want to know where to start your learning journey, we will show five skills in demand on the market.
1. Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence earned first place on Linkedin's top emerging jobs in 2020. Now that more businesses are adopting AI technologies, leaders are looking for candidates with a specific set of skills. Their expertise includes natural language processing (NLP), automated speech recognition (ASR) and automation.
The turnover towards mainstream use pushes executives to have new expectations of their employees. A 2020 UiPath survey shows that 70% of senior executives want non-technical employees to have automation and AI skills.
Another emerging AI-related skill is artificial intelligence for IT operations, also known as AIOps. This skill is somewhat similar to DevOps, but it specifically refers to multi-layered tech platforms that automate and enhance IT operations through analytics and machine learning (ML).
2. Machine Learning
One of the most innovative IT fields is machine learning. If you don't know much about this futuristic industry, think of chatbots, Siri and Alexa or even self-driving cars, all of which have been programmed using this technology. Other uses for this skill include recommender systems, generating customer insights and detecting fraud.
There are various uses for this skill and it will surely grow more and more profitable in the years to come. Machine learning can come in handy to any industry, including healthcare and education, so you can choose to invest your skills into a field that interests you.
The most in-demand skills for both AI and machine learning are TensorFlow, Python, Java, R, and Natural Language Processing. A McKinsey study reveals that 49% of companies are planning to use machine learning in the future. Now is the perfect time to start developing this skill, as the demand for it is only going to increase throughout the years.
Nowadays, companies deal with great amounts of information from both their customers and employees, making it crucial to find ways to protect this data. Data breaches increased by 50% in 2019, affecting even giant companies such as Sony or Linkedin. Cyber attacks can be very damaging for companies, as it affects them financially and it also harms their reputation.
The rise of remote work has also increased cyber attacks by 20% in the last year, urging leaders to take action to keep their networks safe. There is a shortage of trained cybersecurity specialists to deal with the requests on the market. Luckily for you, the demand for security engineers has increased by 132%.
4. Cloud Computing
With more businesses going online, the demand for cloud engineering is on the rise. According to Forrester Research, the market for cloud services will grow by 35% to $120 billion in 2021. Not only are companies transitioning to the cloud, but many organizations are starting to build their products directly there instead of syncing later. This makes it clear that cloud-native architecture skills will be in demand from 2021 and more.
In terms of skills, having some experience with Microsoft Azure, Docker, DevOps and Kubernetes can increase your earnings. If you are AWS-certified (AWS Certified Solutions Architect, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner and Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect) you can add even more value to your salary, making cloud computing one of the most profitable skills in the IT field.
5. Data Engineering
Businesses collect an increasingly large amount of diverse data which they need to collect and analyze, yet there are not enough people with this set of skills that know how to do it. Because data science is a human pursuit, soft skills such as critical thinking and communication are equally as important as tech skills. When it comes to technical skills, RStudio and Python knowledge is highly appreciated, as well as Apache Cassandra and other distributed NoSQL database systems.
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