You must have heard this remarkable saying of Charles Darwin – “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one more responsive to change!!” However, this theory makes more sense in this current outbreak situation. As it is quite known to everyone that this COVID-19 pandemic will lead to various technological advancements or transformations in the IT world. Many job profiles will get outdated or disappear from the market whereas several others are all set to grow exponentially and rule the tech world in upcoming times. And consequently, it becomes necessary for all the individuals out there (whether it be final year students or working professionals) to adopt these changes and prepare themselves with the skills that will be in-demand by the companies post COVID-19 situation to build a successful career!!
If you look closely, you’ll find out that this outbreak has led the organizations to emphasize more on digitalization and automation processes. And considering these aspects in their minds, they’re even looking for the respective technical skills such as Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, etc. in the candidates while recruitment. Furthermore, as per the reports, organizations are preferring the candidates who are having sound knowledge of trending skills and who are updated with the latest industry trends. Meanwhile, you’re recommended to consider these stats or data as a wake-up call for upskilling yourself to survive in the tech world in the future.
Here, in this article, we’ll let you know about those 7 most in-demand technical skills by companies after COVID-19 that you can consider for yourself to learn to gain some worthwhile career opportunities even in this pandemic situation:
1. Data Science
What to say about this prominent technical skill when the renowned bodies like Harvard Business Review have already called it the “Sexiest Job of the 21st Century”. As per the reports, Data Science jobs are one of the highest-paid in the IT world and as there is a great increment in data utilization amidst this COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for skilled Data Science Professionals is going to rise exponentially. Moreover, if we talk about the required skill set for becoming Data Science Professional, you need to have good command over programming skills (R, Python, SQL, etc) along with Machine Learning, Statistics, Data Management, Software Engineering, and other related areas. Meanwhile, there are various job roles that come under the Data Science domain such as Data Scientist, Data Analyst, Data Architect, and many more.
2. Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence has been of the most-demanding technical skill in recent years and seeing the rapid evolution of this technology it is clear that the AI professionals are likely to survive effectively in the coming years as well. Statistically, the AI market is expected to grow around a $200 billion industry by the year 2025 (massive!!). Furthermore, as this COVID-19 pandemic has compelled the organization to consider the trending technological aspects such as automation, chatbots, etc. for their survival in the tech world, the need of the Artificial Intelligence has enhanced more than ever. Also, whether it be healthcare, transportation, finance, or any other industrial sector, Artificial Intelligence is needed in almost every field. Various job roles that come under the Artificial Intelligence domain are AI Engineer, Machine Learning Engineer, AI Researcher, etc.
3. Digital Marketing
As the number of people connected to the internet is increasing day-by-day, Digital Marketing can be considered as the best way for businesses to reach out to their target audience for achieving their business goals. Also, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is witnessed that people are spending more time on the internet and it has made organizations to incline towards Digital Marketing to expand their businesses. If we go with the numbers, the Indian Digital Marketing industry is worth around $70 billion and the number is increasing exponentially. You need to cover various domains to become a proficient Digital Marketer such as Search Engine Optimization (SEO), PPC, Social Media Optimization (SMO), Content Writing, and many more. Additionally, the best part of learning Digital Marketing skills is that you’ll not only get various ravishing job opportunities but you can also explore numerous self-employment areas such as blogging, affiliate marketing, etc.
4. Cloud Computing
Cloud has become an integral part of every organization in a very short span of time. From Dropbox to Facebook or from Netflix to Skype, numerous renowned platforms are heavily relying upon the cloud technology. As per the reports, the global public cloud computing market is expected to reach more than $350 billion by the year 2022. There are various reasons for organizations to prefer Cloud Computing technology such as better efficiency & agility, cost-effective, resiliency, etc. Meanwhile, to become proficient with Cloud Computing skills, you need to command over several prominent cloud platforms such as Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, etc along with the respective concepts and modules of cloud technology. As a Cloud Computing Professional, you can build a career in various specific profiles such as Cloud Software Engineer, Cloud Architect, Cloud Consultants, and many more.
If you’re familiar with the emergence of cryptocurrencies (especially Bitcoin), then most probably you’d be aware of the Blockchain Technology. However, Blockchain is not only limited to the Cryptocurrency concept and has already made its strong presence in various other industrial sectors such as finance, retail, healthcare, etc. Even considering the rapid growth of Blockchain, it can be considered as one of the most-prominent technology of the future. Statistically, the global spending on Blockchain technology is all set to reach around 16 billion by the year 2023, and various Samsung, Capgemini, etc. are already providing worthwhile career opportunities to Blockchain Professionals. Furthermore, as a Blockchain Professional, you can build your career as a Blockchain Software Developer as well as Core Blockchain Developer as per your preference.
Though Cybersecurity has always been one of the most-demanding IT skills in the tech world and it has never lost its charm since its advent. Moreover, amidst this COVID-19 pandemic, when the entire world is forced to go digital to continue their work process, there is seen a huge spike in cyber-attacks such as phishing, data breaching, etc. and so the need of Cybersecurity professionals has also increased. As per the reports, the job opportunities in the Cybersecurity field has already increased by around 6-7% in the last few months. Whether we talk about Government bodies or private organizations, the need for cybersecurity experts is in almost every sector. Moreover, there are numerous job profiles that come under the Cybersecurity domain such as Security Engineer, Security Consultant, Ethical Hacker, and many more.
7. Business Intelligence & Analytics
And here comes another prominent tech skill that you can consider learning to make yourself ready for the future – Business Intelligence & Analytics! However, don’t get confused between Data Science and Business Intelligence & Analytics as they both are quite different domains from each other. In general, Business Intelligence & Analytics can be considered as the process of gathering, processing, and analysis of data with the help of various tools to make some worthwhile business decisions for achieving the expected goals. Almost every organization (whether it be a startup or an MNC) is offering various career opportunities for the Business Intelligence & Analytics professionals and this particular industry is all set to reach around $28 billion by the year 2022.
So, these are several most in-demand technical skills that you can opt to learn to deal with the changed scenario of jobs and careers in the IT world after the COVID-19 pandemic. You can start to learn and enhance these skills through various online and offline resources. The only thing that you have to remember is that don’t get stuck in the worry of the upcoming situation instead take this time to learn and excel in new skills. Now, what are you waiting for? Master these above-mentioned technologies and make yourself future-ready to achieve your career goals!!
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