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16 In-Demand skills of 2020 and beyond!

Updated: Aug 24, 2021

The job market is constantly changing and 2020 has shown us that technology-driven careers are becoming more and more popular.

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Traditional job roles and skills will reach a point of stagnation. There are too many graduates leaving colleges with the same set of skills and many are not able to land a job. Some of those skills are outdated, unfortunately, as technology has taken over. Studies have shown that robots and AI can make several employees lose their jobs in the near future. Technology will always change and there is nothing we can do about it. However, we can always upgrade our skills and knowledge. Learning should never stop and learning skills that are in demand will help you advance in your career or even switch over to a new career path. Here is a list of 16 in-demand skills - they are skills of the future and are here to stay -

  • Cloud Computing - From being a software engineer to a data scientist or a full stack developer, the demand for cloud computing is on the rise as companies move essential business functions to the cloud.

  • Artificial Intelligence - Experts in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning are in high demand as companies look to streamline their workflows and derive insightful data while minimizing costs.

  • App Development - Smartphones and tablets have become the center of communication and work. Applications have made life more convenient and entertaining, the demand for apps will continue to grow.

  • UX/UI Design - Designing interfaces for software, machines, phones, devices, etc. or dealing with the users' interaction with a company’s products and services are important for every company.

  • Digital Marketing - Essential to every company that has an online presence, this includes Email Marketing, SEO/SEM, Content Marketing, Pay-Per-Click Advertising, Social Media Marketing, and more.

  • Video Production & Editing - Video content for marketing purposes is in high demand as brands look to create a brand identity, grow their following and organic/paid reach while maximizing their sales effectively through video.

  • Social Media Management - Social Media is now a major part of every business and knowing how to manage social media platforms, create content, interact with customers, and grow the brand is a valuable skill.

  • Graphic Design - Communicating ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers, graphic designers create logos, flyers, posters, branding, and other marketing materials that every business needs.

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  • Web Development - Every business needs a website and web developers are in demand to create attractive, modern, professional, and responsive websites.

  • Audio Production - Radio, Music, and Entertainment industries utilize audio production skills but are also being used by companies in the marketing & promotional activities.

  • Game Development - A huge market that continues to grow - this involves developing games not just for gaming devices but also as a smartphone application.

  • Cybersecurity - Dealing in cybersecurity has a huge demand as more businesses continue to go online making it important to secure payments, user data, etc.

  • Virtual Reality - An emerging industry that will continue to grow - virtual reality skills are used in designing and developing with 3D modeling software, programming, and graphics programming.

  • Blockchain - Commonly associated with cryptocurrency, blockchain’s unique and secure data handling methods make this a valuable technology for organizations in virtually every sector.

  • Content Writing - Content writers produce the content for many different types of websites, including blogs, social networks, e-commerce sites, product & service descriptions, news, and college websites.

  • Data Science - In a continuous pursuit of understanding data, the skills of a data scientist include programming skills, statistics, machine learning, data wrangling, data intuition, and software engineering.

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