These are some of the most exciting times to be in. With the pace of change that the world is witnessing, especially when we talk in terms of technology, there is little doubt that what we consider as cutting-edge will soon be considered the norm, and the younger generation might just even take it for granted sometimes, just like we take the internet for granted.
While these changes are inevitable, what is also quite obvious is that until we, as a professional working in the IT industry, also upgrade our armory with the latest skills, there is a huge chance of many of us getting redundant or simply useless.
Here we talk about 3 IT skills that are still cutting-edge, and will certainly be a big rage in the future. Learning any of these can be quite sure method of keeping yourself employable at least for a good period of next decade.
It’s a fast-evolving world
It’s an evolving employment market and the competition is tough.
You don’t get too many chances to prove yourself and therefore, it’s prudent for you, especially, those of you are working in the IT – technology space to keep yourself at the toes. You might be good at something today and chances are you might even get better at it in the future, but there are equal chances of that particular skill getting replaced by something even smarter and more efficient.
This is what happens when one doesn’t prepare for the future and this happens more often than you think. In the present age, all the big brands have their corporate road maps laid out for the next 5-10 years that spell where they will be in the future and how they are going to get there.
If you value smartness- then the question to be asked to yourself is-How do I figure in that plan –and the industry down the line? The answer is easy. Learn some specialties that will keep you future-proof as a tech professional.
Therefore, here are three skills that will keep you insulated from joblessness for the next decade at the very least.
Back in 2013, there was a huge media campaign, especially by one Non-profit organization named as Code.org, that also released a video featuring none other than tech wizards like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey and other programmers, who all emphasized on the importance of programming. That was 2013, but the message holds even more relevance in the current scenario.
When virtually everything is controlled by the computing devices, mobile or desktops, it is imperative to learn to code to not only feel powerful but also as a means of staying relevant for the future. If you are in the IT industry, and don’t know how to code your way out, there will be certainly a time when there will be dead end to your growth.
Data Science/Data Analysis/Data Architecture
It’s not hard to guess the one common thread amongst all the job titles above -data. This is the age of data and most businesses depends on data interpretation, visualization and analysis to come up with solutions, roadmaps, and plans for future. Data analysis reveals key points about the consumer behavior and helps businesses streamline their efforts and avoid a lot of noise.
Harvard Business Review terms Data Scientist as the sexiest job of the 21st century. Technical titles that will remain in vogue include Hadoop developer, big data specialist, data scientist, data engineer or enterprise data architect. Since the skills required are highly specific and niche, there is currently shortage of qualified data scientists. It’s raining data engineer jobs, and if you learn the right skills, you could be easily one of the highest paid professional in the industry and out of it.
Information security is a huge issue, as much as it also gets regular mention in the United Nations agenda. The safety and privacy of the huge transfer of data that happens over a medium of online and offline channels is a big issue and there can be never be enough information security professionals who keep this data safe from the prying eyes of antisocial elements.
In fact, according to U.S Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there will be a 37% growth in the number of information security analyst position over the course of a ten year period, from 2012 to 2022. For all the immense potential that latest technologies like, Social, Mobile, Cloud and Analytics hold, the final benefits can be only realized if there is a robust security system in place. Security specialists of the future will have to ensure that the intruders (read hackers, cyber-attackers) do not hold to ransom the businesses and the consumers using any unscrupulous means and methods.
Being armed with any of these skills, your future will be of far less uncertainty than that of others.
About the Author:
Saurabh Tyagi is a blogger and a professional career author with proven expertise in writing for topics related to jobs, job trends, different job opportunities, various workplace and industry information, tips and strategies for job seekers. You can follow him on LinkedIn or Twitter.
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