The tech industry has always been in the buzz in one or the other way. Year 2016, is no exception. As a dweller of the tech industry, you know that the number of potential areas of specialization can be dizzying – ranging from programming languages to software frameworks and beyond. The area you choose to focus your expertise can significantly impact on your career options and of course your salary.
It is no secret that the demand for talent is exceeds the supply of qualified professionals, which means that job offers with generous pay-cheques are abundant for techies — though much more so for professionals with certain tech skills. Let’s have a look at the top 10 skills that the tech industry is looking for in 2016:
1. Big Data Analytics
As computing becomes more data intensive, companies are increasingly becoming data-driven and analyzing data to increase their profitability. Consequently, the number of Big Data related jobs are growing exponentially. Individuals with the skill set to collect, interpret and produce visual representations of such data are likely to become the hot hires.
2. Programming and Application Development
Programming has always remained as one of the most sought after skills in the tech arena. As applications have begun to expand across new mediums, such as mobile, wearables, headphones, etc., the demand for programmers has increased ever more. Knowing the codes to fuel innovation industry can fetch techies some good money besides booting their career.
3. Mobile Application Development
As an extension to programming, mobile application development is also a hot skill to master in 2016. With mobile devices surpassing desktop as the most-used digital platform, the need for mobile-optimized interfaces and design – mainly for businesses – has grown substantially.
4. Cloud or SAAS
2016 is indeed the year of cloud. With many businesses shifting towards public cloud infrastructure or hybrid cloud adoption for their outsourcing needs, trained professionals with experience in areas such as setup, securing, and deployment of the cloud are in huge demand.
Considering the proliferation and severity of the data breaches and other cyber attacks, it is no surprise that businesses are in lookout for professionals who have network and information security skills. With the ever increasing amount of sensitive information uploaded and stored online, including social security numbers, financial information, etc. and the innovation and aggressiveness of cybercriminals, this domain is now more important than ever.
6. Structured Query Language (SQL) Development
Structured Query Language (SQL) has made using and managing databases, used for web and mobile development as well as web hosting, much easier by allowing these databases to work together. Companies like Google, Macropace Technologies are aggressively looking out for professionals having SQL development skills.
7. Development Operations
Development Operations or DevOps, as it’s frequently referred, bridges the gap between development and operations departments to arrive at a consensus regarding issues like project budgets and performance. Professionals with DevOps skills can address issues of both the departments while forging a compromise in favour of the overall goals of the company and hence are hugely in demand within the tech industry.
8. User Experience Design
User experience design (UX, UXD, UED, or XD) encompasses all aspects of the end-user’s interaction with the company, its services, and its products. In today’s advanced technology world, users expect a certain level of interaction with their products, may it be intuitive, immersive, and invisible. Therefore, development or update of a tech product comes with the need for a seamless user experience design and hence the field continues to be in high demand.
9. Data Sciences
Harvard Business Review has termed the job of a data scientist as “The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century”. Whether you consider it attractive or not, there’s no denying the fact that data sciences has caught the fantasy of most of the businesses. With a still-scarce talent pool and increasing adoption data science by most of the businesses across all industries, trained professionals in the field are highly in demand.
10. Digital Marketing
Technology and the internet have completely shifted the way how businesses market their products today. This makes digital marketing an extremely attractive skill in the recent years. More and more companies are leveraging the skills of digital marketing experts for areas such as product promotion, brand building, etc. Professionals trained in digital marketing definitely possess unique competitive advantage in a career where demand exceeds supply.
Whether you are freelancing, seeking career growth, or simply looking for a job change, start upskilling yourself with a professional training and differentiate as a treasured asset to your prospective employers.