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In demand skills for 2020 and beyond In demand skills for 2020 and beyond
We take a look at current and emerging skills that businesses need today and into the future. In demand skills for 2020 and beyond

It’s 2020, and it’s not just the world that’s changing thanks to a pandemic: technology is still marching on almost as fast as it did pre-pandemic.

That means the world of work continues to shift, too, and the most popular skills that were needed in businesses across the world even just five years are no longer the top skills needed in 2020 and beyond.

This feature will take a look at some of the emerging skillsets that businesses already need today, the demand for which will only accelerate in the near future.

If any high school learners are reading, here’s a pro tip: you can carve out a highly rewarding career if you decide to study any of these.

Blockchain

There is a growing need for people with knowledge of what the blockchain is, how it works, and how it can be used to create a new generation of business applications.

It’s been a buzzword for a good few years already, since it’s proven its worth in vital areas like global supply chains, healthcare initiatives, and even the food industry.

Therefore, demand for people skilled in using it as the basis for computer systems and applications that require absolute integrity and uncompromising accuracy is only going to increase.

Get in on the ground floor here, and you can write your own paycheque throughout your career.

Artificial Intelligence

Computing power has increased dramatically in the last ten years. Not only has computer hardware for individual desktops, laptops, and smartphones become faster and cheaper, the power of the cloud has granted developers and researchers access to unprecedented computing capabilities.

This has given rise to renewed interest in artificial intelligence (AI), which is today one of the most popular areas of study for computer science students.

Many services we use every day use some form of basic AI: media services provide suggestions on what we might want to watch or listen to next based on our previous choices, and online stores suggest products to us based on our purchase history.

AI is also being used in the healthcare field to make more accurate diagnoses of serious illnesses, it’s used to enhance and upscale blurry images and videos, and the financial sector has great interest in leveraging it as a way to predict market movements in order to increase profits.

As the technology matures, it has the potential to be applied to many more aspects of society to solve longstanding problems and enhance our lives further.

Anyone involved in learning and developing AI today is already sitting in the pound seats, and their value to organisations and even governments will only increase from here.

Data science

With so much data being generated every day by human activity, there is already a huge need for people who can interpret that data and use it to arrive at meaningful conclusions. Governments, businesses, NGOs, basically any kind of organisation that does things needs people to make smart use of it.

The challenge is that there is so much data to go through that there is a lot of “noise” in any organisation’s datasets. This obscures the nuggets of useful information needed for those organisations to act and make improvements to their operations.

Data scientists are trained to clean that data and use various tools, like AI, to analyse it and extract useful insights from it. And every company needs those capabilities, because they leads to things like the streamlining of internal processes, improving customer service capabilities and turnaround times, developing in-demand products, and much more that results in higher profits.

Become a data scientist, and you can literally change the world for the better while getting paid the big bucks to do it. You’ll also walk straight into a job once you’re qualified.

Cybersecurity

As the world has come to rely on computers, networks, and the systems they underpin, the need to secure those systems against compromise has skyrocketed.

Every year, the number of global cyberattacks increases dramatically. In 2019, Kaspersky reported incidents numbering in the hundreds of millions, covering breaches, data theft, ransomware, malware campaigns, social engineering attempts, and more.

The sheer volume of attacks is mind-blowing, to the point where no business can safely assume that they will never be a target.

It’s fair to say, then that cyber criminals are always learning new ways to breach systems, steal data, and exploit people’s weaknesses for their own gain.

And that’s why a career in cybersecurity guarantees that you will always have a job. What makes cybersecurity so rewarding is that you’ll play detective to figure out how to stop attacks, or how an attack was executed successfully in order to prevent future ones. It’s a fantastic career for someone with an analytical, logical mind.

There’s always something happening in the cybersecurity space, so there’s never a dull moment. And because all organisations that use computers are at risk, there is no shortage of jobs for qualified cybersecurity specialists.

Cloud skills

The rise of the cloud has been really fast, thanks to its ability to reduce companies’ costs while increasing their abilities to generate revenue at the same time. It took less than 20 years to reach the point it’s at today, with nearly every company using it to get things done.

That’s why today, people with proven skills in deploying cloud infrastructure, people that can develop solutions that leverage the cloud, and anyone that understands the cloud and can present its benefits to business audiences, are all people that every organisation needs.

Kit yourself our with deep knowledge of all things cloud-related, and you’ll be in high demand by companies big and small who are looking to take their businesses to the next level with your help.

Programmers

Programmers will always be in high demand, so this isn’t so much a new entry in the list of in-demand skills as it is a recap of why programmers are so important.

Computer hardware is fantastic, but it doesn’t work without a programmer having created the operating systems and software that tells it what to do.

Firstly, programmers are relevant to every job category already listed here. Whether it’s blockchain, cybersecurity, AI, or the cloud, programmers are needed so that humans can interface with those technologies.

In 2020 and beyond, here are the programming skills that are most in demand with employers. In no particular order, they are:

  • SQL
  • Java
  • Software Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Python
  • JavaScript
  • C++
  • .NET
  • UNIX
  • SQL Server
  • Linux
  • Oracle
  • Microsoft C#
  • Git
  • Agile Development
  • Debugging
  • XML
  • OOAD

If you are familiar with any of these programming languages/tasks, expect to walk into a job immediately after qualifying.

Pick one of these and you’re already #winning

People with skills in any of the above categories are highly sought-after in 2020 by a wide range of employers.

This is why anyone already skilled in these areas or who wishes to study any of them can expect excellent salaries and enough work to keep them busy for years to come, as well as their pick of potential employers.

It’s definitely a good time to be in tech!

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  • Pertunia

    Aug 6, 2020 #1 Author

    I need to learn more in order for me to grow in my work place

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