In demand tech skills that can boost your career in 2021 and beyond.
As the world of technology continues to change rapidly. demand for professionals with advanced IT skills has never been higher.
With technology roles dominating the lists of ‘best jobs’ or ‘most in demand jobs’ for the future, we look at some of the most in demand tech skills for 2021 which will help both increase your demand in the tech market and your value as an employee.
Cybersecurity is one of the top technology trends in 2020 given the importance for companies that collected customer and user information to keep their networks secure from attacks.
A shortage of Cybersecurity skills among IT professionals has created an in demand market for those with cybersecurity, information security, network security and vulnerability assessment skills.
As more and more companies move away from traditional server infrastructure to cloud solutions, the demand for IT professionals skilled in this area has risen steeply.
Cloud technology has opened up a number of new revenue channels, and with the likes of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure changing the game, having cloud expertise is so essential because of its significance across every other skill set on this list.
DevOps professionals have revolutionised the way businesses meet the growing demands of their customers and the best DevOps professionals are those that are able to work with other areas across the business.
Being able to speed up processes and development cycles all while maintaining a high degree of accuracy and not compromising on security is what talented DevOps professionals are all about.
AI & Machine Learning
AI and Machine Learning have already begun to revolutionise industries and hiring in these areas is on the rise globally. For example, LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Jobs Report UK found that Artificial Intelligence Specialist was the number 1 emerging job this year.
The skills most in demand across AI and Machine Learning are TensorFlow, Python, Java, R, and Natural Language Processing, and due to its popularity, IT professionals that are equipped with these are sure to be in demand in 2021 and able to command high salaries.
Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR)
Collectively known as Extended Reality (XR), the European market size is predicted to skyrocket from $7.59 billion to $104 billion in 2026 and many industries, such as entertainment, advertising, education and health, have adopted XR technology and demand for skilled technicians will be high as we move into 2021.
Almost three-quarters of software engineers predict the full impact of AR and VR will be evident in the next 5 years and developing knowledge in Unity will help IT professionals with coding skills forge a path into XR.
The demand for developers is growing faster than across most areas of IT due in part to the increasing demand for software and apps as we become more digitally connected globally.
Full Stack Developer ranked 2nd in Indeed’s best jobs of 2020 study and ranked top in terms of growth.
Although there seems to be a decline in the popularity of cryptocurrencies to which blockchain is most commonly associated, it’s also used file storage, peer-to-peer payments, crowdfunding and identity management and banking.
With high salaries on offer for blockchain engineers, and more and more industries adopting blockchain technologies all the time, it will remain a top skill to have in 2021 and the years to come.