The next big and most in-demand digital skills in 2022 and beyond

The demand for skills in various sectors has been there for ages but in recent times the hastening of digitalization across all industries during the pandemic has made the search for certain skills more relevant and intense than others. Among these fields, Information Technology and emerging technology fields require these skills the most.

Many industries seriously fear that they could lose their competitive advantage in the market in the coming years. The digital transformation is changing our world dramatically and fast. Not only in the professional world but our personal lives are also influenced. Completely new industries and job requirements are emerging.

According to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report, 50% of all employees will need to reskill by 2025 as the adoption of technology increases. New technology is being birthed by the minute, making old ways of doing things irrelevant, which makes professionals, students, and the everyday person keep learning, relearning, and unlearning. Emerging technologies is changing and disrupting e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, especially the world of work, and pushing the workforce towards the need to acquire new in-demand skills to adjust to future jobs, not only is it changing the way things are done, but it is also creating new roles, and responsibilities to drive efficiency, profitability and optimize resources.

We have identified the most-in-demand skills most industries are going to prioritize in 2022 and beyond. Here they are:

 

– Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI &ML)

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Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, in recent times, have become a buzzword across the globe. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning are in high demand in this 21st century. The We Forum 2020 report estimates, “that by 2025, 85 million jobs may be displaced by automation, while 97 million new roles may emerge that are more adapted to the new division of labor between humans, machines and algorithms”

This means everyone from students to senior professionals, to executive leaders will have to upgrade to become conversant with AI innovations and ML products. These innovations, and products are present everywhere. In our personal lives Siri, Alexa, Cortana are live in action, in the health care, education system, etc, these technologies have been integrated into everything we do

In this era, data is currently the new oil. As the amount of data continues to grow, the range of applications for AI is becoming broader and deeper. It has become a general approach to solving a lot of problems in many industries. There are several AI and MI products making lives easy, from self-driving cars, to smart assistants, to virtual travel booking agents, to disease mapping software, the list is endless and they are constantly merging.

 

– UX Design

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The increasing number of new websites and apps that are springing up every second is unbelievable, and this has resulted in a rapid demand for user experience designers. One of the biggest objectives of most app designing companies is the ability for users to spend more time and give their maximum attention to their platform. This is where UX designers come in place, they work to design a friendly design experience with users in focus. The main task of a UX designer is to research and design how users behave and interact with a product. After the research is done which often includes user research, prototyping, and information architecture, they design an interactive prototype and test them with potential users. This gives them a full picture of how the best possible experience that is convenient, as well as satisfactory for users

 

– Cloud Computing

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Most companies often use a network of remote servers i.e. cloud computing in their everyday work. Cloud has totally changed the game of information storage. The major reason why cloud computing expertise is critical is that it interconnects with all the important IT fields. Google Drive, Dropbox, or iCloud to name a few. These services and products are in huge demand not only for individuals but also for businesses. Cloud computing comes in three main services, software as service, platform as a service, and infrastructure as a service. Most companies are moving away from the traditional server infrastructure to cloud solutions. It is now the way to go, in several fields and even in our personal lives

 

Big Data Analytics

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Big Data analytics is the complex process of analyzing big data, using advanced analytics techniques to uncover information such as market trends, customers preferences, hidden patterns, etc. As this helps companies make informed business decisions. This process has helped most companies thrive such as Facebook, Amazon, etc. Even in corporate organizations, big data is widely used and applied especially in the HR department. Knowledge in Big Data helps HR leadership to create precise headcount forecasts, improve your workforce structure, and drive workforce transformation.

The IT sector will continue to rise at a speedy pace in the next years to come. The above-mentioned skills are extremely significant in thriving in the post-pandemic era. It is critical to gain such skills as they will definitely play a major role in driving economic growth and sustainability across the globe.

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