There is probably no other field that changes as quickly and dynamically as technology. Tools and solutions often get obsolete in less than a decade and the reported lists of top in-demand skills update almost every quarter.
According to research from McKinsey, an American worldwide management consulting firm, nearly one-third of U.S. workers will need to find new jobs by 2030 in response to rapid advancements in technology.
Without further ado, VCA team brings you the top tech skills in demand for 2021.
1. Data Science & Analytics
Companies want to get as much as possible from their data in order to gain a competitive edge. This way, companies require tech professionals who can turn data into knowledge, thereby understanding the purchasing patterns and the trends of the sector.
Revenue from Big Data applications and analytics is projected to grow from $5.3B in 2018 to $19.4B in 2026. The industries investing most heavily in Big Data are banking, manufacturing, professional services (e.g., financial advisors, accounting firms) and the federal government, with their total investment estimated to be $129 billion in 2022.
53% of companies are adopting big data analytics to accelerate their decision-making and bring greater accuracy.
Industries needing data professionals span education, finance, health, software, and more.
Learn more about data analysis from VCA previous blog posts.
2. Database management
The top database administrators are able to draw on a variety of skills, such as data modelling, database design, or the capacity to get the best performance and integrity from the data. In addition, for this type of role it will be more and more important to understand how users decide to enter their information and make this process simpler.
3. Microsoft Excel
You may not know this, but Microsoft Excel is one of the top non technical skills that the industry demands as a number of job roles depend highly on Excel. Some of the high-paying jobs like Data Analyst, Accountants/auditors, Financial Analysts, Project Managers, and Business Analysts demand Excel skills on their job descriptions.
4. Common (or productivity) software applications
This kind of software is commanded by the Microsoft Office suite, with several of the programs within it serving this exact purpose. The most widely-used programs in this suite include Word (word processing and document creation), Excel (spreadsheet creation for information and data entry), PowerPoint (presentation and slide creation), as well as Outlook (email). It is crucial to have exposure to and an understanding of these programs!
5. Digital / Social marketing
Marketing teams use data that they collect through various digital channels to determine how well their campaigns are performing and to ideate new strategies. However, the skills that go into creating marketing strategies campaigns like keywords optimisation, social media marketing as well as enhancing user experience and engagement, can be helpful for everyone.
Digital marketing skills are not only useful for social media marketers, but as well as for roles in content writing, content marketing, e-commerce, digital sales and search. It is valuable to learn more about search engine optimisation (SEO) and how social media promotion works. You can apply digital skills to help you build a good personal online brand.
Upskilling and reskilling has never been as critical as it is now. Formal education is not always enough for your career development since it can be pretty static. You may need some additional courses and materials to stay on top of things.
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