4 Tech Skills You Should Acquire to Advance Your Career
Tech is the new oil. One of the best things you can do for your career right now is to get technical skills. A few years back, there were debates about jobs that will be non-existent as a result of technology resources replacing humans. The truth is it is happening already, tech is replacing some human activity. However, human resources will always be needed, because humans are behind the technology. From design to engineering, marketing to sales. It is important to have these skills that will help you to be relevant in your industry.
Today everything is done online. Remote working is taking over. It is important to have complementary tech skills that will help your career. An estimated one million tech jobs went unfulfilled in 2020, signaling a huge technology talent deficit in the U.S. Furthermore, over 50% of company learning and development leaders in a Udemy survey said technical skills were their top priority for training in 2020.
Tech is very broad. There are several tech skills today. In this article, we will be taking a look at five tech skills you should take to advance your career.
Machine learning is one of the most exciting tech skills. It is innovative and very profitable. If you are someone who loves solving important human problems, then you can explore this tech skill. From Siri and Alexa to chatbots to predictive analysis to self-driving cars, there are a ton of uses for this futuristic tech. Machine learning has even been used to help predict how infectious a patient with COVID-19 is likely to be and speed up drug development. Demand for machine learning professionals is increasing daily. According to McKinsey, 49% of companies are currently exploring or planning to use machine learning. Average salary: $149,877+ (Machine Learning Engineer).
Data science is another in-demand job in tech. 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. Data is becoming king and data scientists are always going to be needed. Average salary: $84,446 for data scientists.
Everyone desires to make the next big app. If you check the app stores, you will see thousands of apps. Google playstore has over 2.8million apps. The Apple app store has over 2.2million. Mobile development is very popular and also highly profitable. There are 3.8million smartphone users in the world today, and that number is increasing daily. Having mobile development skills also comes with the perk that if you can build apps for others, you can build and sell your own as well–so it’s an ideal career path for aspiring entrepreneurs. Average salary: $96K+ (with starting salaries as high as $75K).
Web developers are those who build websites and applications for the internet. There are frontend developers and backend developers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of web developers is projected to grow 8% from 2019 to 2029 — much faster than the average for all occupations. Now is a good time to become a web developer.
Written by David Atilola, contributor to @workschool