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Top 10 technology skills to know in 2020

With an increase in automation and hybrid work environments, the need for the hour is to understand not if but how job trends will be affected by this. The demand for technological talent has been constantly increasing since 2014. In 2020, the trend is set to continue as the recently conducted Robert Half survey of 2,800 managers indicates. 7 out of 10 companies plan to expand their tech teams in the first half of 2020. However, the challenges to finding the right IT talent remains according to 86% of the technology leaders in upcoming fields such as cybersecurity, cloud technology, etc.

The main issue with technology jobs is that it is a constantly evolving market where developers must be fast thinkers and know how to adapt to updates in programming, workflows, and platforms. Indeed’s the report on top jobs for 2020 also showcases the continuing upward demand for IT jobs with positions such as Software architect, full-stack developer, development operations engineer, java developers in the top 10 positions. McKinsey Global Institute’s latest report, Jobs lost, jobs gained: Workforce transitions in a time of automation, provides an interesting assessment on the number and types of jobs that might be created under different scenarios through 2030 and compares that to the jobs that could be lost to automation.

Gartner says, "By 2022, 70% of enterprises will be experimenting with immersive technologies for consumer and enterprise use, and 25% will have deployed them to production."

With all these statistics to back these findings, here are Quotum Technology’s Top 10 technology skills to know to snag the top IT jobs in 2020 with links on where you can learn more about them.

Quotum technology recommends top 10 tech skills for 2020

Python

As a programming language, Python is a simple programming language that can be used for other programming and software development. Being an easy to use and scalable, Python is a great starting point for anything from scientific computing to FinTech companies. You can learn more about Python and access sources to learn it here. At Quotum, our recruiters have worked with several clients who are looking for these skills for their projects.

Machine learning

Learning how to use and maneuver your way through the huge amounts of data is a definite challenge for the present. That is where machine learning comes in. you have already seen it in action in a wide range of day-to-day applications we use such as the recommendations on Netflix or Google searches etc. Machine learning techniques are used to automatically find the valuable underlying patterns within complex data that we would otherwise struggle to discover. In factIndeed’s report on the best jobs for 2019 shows an increase of 344% growth in job postings with an average salary of $146,085. For those who are interested in the background theory and approaches involved, you should definitely check out this in-depth read into the subject. Coursera offers a free course crafted by Stanford to help you get started on your career path in Machine learning.

Artificial intelligence

Professor John McCarthy, Stanford University coined the term Artificial Intelligence in 1956. LinkedIn places the role of AI specialist on the number 1 spot for top emerging jobs. Hiring growth for this role has grown 74% annually in the past 4 years. Statistics show that this is a fast-emerging sector. The AI software market revenue worldwide in 2018 is $10.1 billion and the growth of the global AI market in 2019 was a staggering 154%. With many companies looking to incorporate artificial intelligence insights into their production and marketing processes, this one is a definite must know. Check out this collection of topics on the subject and machine learning at Google AI.  

Data science & analytics

Statistics show that the global big data and business analytics market was valued at 168.8 billion U.S. dollars in 2018 and is forecast to grow to 274.3 billion U.S. dollars by 2022. LinkedIn’s most wanted data science skills show that 76.13% of data scientist jobs on LinkedIn need knowledge of the programming language Python.

Database management

Data management is an administrative process that includes acquiring, validating, storing, protecting, and processing required data to ensure the accessibility, reliability, and timeliness of the data for its users. the database is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. With an increase in firms extending to digital platforms, this demand looks like it will keep increasing in the near future. The median annual wage is currently $142530 per year. This database management essentials course offered by the University of Colorado on Coursera can help you get started on the right track.      

Network and Information security (cybersecurity)

Data breaches have existed right from the time when data has been stored digitally. In recent years, the reliance on cloud computing, mobile workforce and lack of enforcement of data safeguards have made it more prevalent. With this increasing reliance on electronic data, a single breach can affect millions of users in a single attack. According to Statista, there has been an increase in data breaches since 2005. In 2005, 157 data breaches were reported in the U.S., with 66.9 million records exposed. In 2014, 783 data breaches were reported, with at least 85.61 million total records exposed, representing an increase of nearly 500 percent from 2005. That number more than doubled in three years to 1,579 reported breaches in 2017.

Data breaches in USA from 2005-2014 

Source: Digital Guardian

This has, in turn, led to a steep increase in the demand for security engineers as well. With a current shortage of skilled personnel in this field, this career path is worth thinking about. Check out these courses on cybersecurity for more information.

Cloud computing/AWS, Azure, Google Cloud

Companies such as Amazon, Deloitte, and Oracle have the most open cloud computing jobs currently. With more than 50,000 jobs currently open and a median annual salary of $146,350 in 2018, the demand is set to keep increasing. Gartner predicts that the market for public cloud services is projected to grow by 17% in 2020 to a total of $266.4 billion. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the leading cloud provider with a 32% market share. On average, businesses run 38% of their workload in public clouds and 41% on private clouds. Look into these courses on cloud computing at LinkedIn to learn more.

UI/UX design

User interface design (UI) and User experience design (UX) have been used interchangeably quite often. But what do the terms mean? UX design refers to the term “user experience design”, while UI stands for “user interface design”. Both elements are crucial to a product and work closely together. But despite their professional relationship, the roles themselves are quite different, referring to very different aspects of the product development process and the design discipline. People who excel in creative profiles tend to find this career path rewarding. UI focusses primarily on designing the layout and visuals of a product or page. On the other hand, UX focusses on the analysis and testing to help understand the user’s needs. 87% of managers at Adobe say that hiring UX designers was a higher priority for them as compared to graphic designers and product managers. The UX and web design master course on Udemy is a good place to start.

Salesforce/CRMs

Founded in 1999, Salesforce generates $15.8 billion in revenue and is 3rd in the CRM (customer relationship management) solutions market after Oracle and SAP. At #7 on LinkedIn’s emerging jobs report 2020, the role of the Sales Development Representative primarily uses Salesforce to build marketing and sales teams. Salesforce developer is #10 on Indeed’s 2019 job report. The average salary for Salesforce certified professionals is $117,070. Salesforce boasts of an agile and active team of Trailblazers who support and foster growth amongst all users. For all of you who are looking for a career in Salesforce, the trailheads designed by them are very simple and easy to understand. Once you have identified your interest and career path, it is easy to follow the trailhead path and achieve the accreditation needed to get recognized in the industry. 

DevOps

A DevOps Engineer works with IT developers to facilitate better coordination among operations, development, and testing functions by automating and streamlining the integration and deployment processes. The average salary in the U.S. according to Glassdoor, for people with a DevOps Engineer title is $133,378. In order to succeed in a career as a DevOps engineer, you will need strong communication and collaboration skills. It is important to be able to analyze problems and provide quick solutions to ensure a project runs seamlessly.

 There are several other technical skills you can learn based on your interests and skills. You can check out this post on 71 of the best places to learn to code for free for more ideas on how you can get your career started. In case you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our recruiters at Quotum Technologies for more information.

 

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