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Top 7 Technical Skills In Demand For 2018

Rising organizational requirements for digital revolution demands the use of some of the new age IT skills.  This, in turn, is fostering the demand for technology professionals in the year ahead. In fact, the figures for computer and information technology jobs are rising rapidly compared to the average for any other occupation, as per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Another statistic by Modis shows that the number of tech employment opportunities is expected to increase by 12% by 2024.  Also, employers are characteristically seeking candidates who possess a balanced personality with regards to soft skills, strong communication skills and adaptability to latest technologies.
Here are a few IT skill sets expected to grab the limelight in the tech industry for 2018 and beyond.

  1. Data Science
  2. Machine Learning
  3. Artificial Intelligence
  4. Cyber Security
  5. Mobile App Development
  6. UX Design
  7. Designing and Development of Augmented Reality (AR) Apps

Data Science

Data Science at its crux is a process which includes automated methods to scrutinize immense amounts of data. This is done to extract knowledge from tangled, complex data. Data Science is a discipline which includes topics like Statistics, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, and Visualization. Henceforth, it can be concluded that Data Science can convert vast amount of data which is an output of the digital space, into novel and useful information.

Pre-requisites To Learn Data Science

  • Adept at working with unstructured data
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Data Mining and Processing
  • Programming IT skills
  • Knowledge about SAS and other analytical tools

Job Opportunities In Data Science

  • A recent survey conducted by LinkedIn reveals that there are 13,700 open positions for data scientist jobs in the United States.
  • As predicted by IBM, by 2020 the count of Data Science and Analytics jobs is projected to grow from somewhere around 364,000 to 2,720,000

Monetary Compensation For Data Science Jobs

As per the survey result by PayScale.com, data science is a lucrative career choice in the United States. They earn a median salary of $91,588 per year.

 Machine Learning

Machine Learning technology is constantly evolving. The existing trends in the Machine Learning field show that every enterprise will be data driven and will gain the capacity to use Machine Learning in the cloud to incorporate Artificial Intelligence apps. Also, industries working with large amounts of data have recognized the importance of Machine Learning technology. Organizations, by gathering insights from this data – often in real time – can work more efficiently and surpass their competitors.

Pre-requisites To Learn Machine Learning

  • Python/C++/R/Java
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Applied Math and Algorithms
  • Distributed Computing
  • Expertise in Unix tools

Job Opportunities For Machine Learning

Machine Learning engineers should expect to see job growth at the rate of 11% from 2014 to 2024.

Monetary Compensation For Machine Learning Jobs

PayScale reported that, as of 2017, Machine Learning engineers took home a median annual salary of $106,225.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the field of Computer Science that’ll explain and emulate, through mechanical or computational processes. These emulations are all aspects of human intelligence. Organizations and private sectors have recognized the opportunities that investments in AI can have on the future of their businesses. Thus, considerable improvements in commercial prospects of AI deployment are driving the industry growth.

Pre-requisites To Learn Artificial Intelligence

  • Physics, Engineering, and Robotics
  • Computer Science, programming languages, and coding
  • Cognitive Science theory
  • Bayesian Networking
  • Knowledge about Propositional and Predicate Calculus

Job Opportunities For AI

According to a recent report from Gartner, the emerging field of Artificial Intelligence will create 2.3 million jobs by 2020.

Monetary Compensation For AI Jobs

As per the reports by Payscale, the average salary for an AI Programmer is $90,863 per year.

 Cyber Security

Cybersecurity roles rank among the most difficult to fill in the enterprise. Due to the existing talent gap in this field, the vacancies in this profile are expected to reach 1.8 million by 2022. A report from Cisco states that the global figure stands at 1 million cybersecurity job openings. In fact, the demand is expected to rise to 6 million globally by 2019. This projects to a shortfall of 1.5 million, as stated by  Michael Brown, CEO at Symantec, the world’s largest security software vendor.

Pre-requisites To Learn Cyber Security

  • Knowledge about IT fundamentals like web applications, system administration, and others
  • Coding skills (C, C++, Java, PHP, Perl, Ruby, Python)
  • Understanding architecture, administration, and operating systems
  • Certifications in CISSP, CEH, and Comp TIA Security, to name a few

Job Opportunities For Cyber Security

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of growth for jobs in Information Security is projected at 37% from 2012–2022 — that’s much faster than the average for all other occupations.

Monetary Compensation For Cyber Security

As mentioned in Robert Half’s 2016 Salary Guide, the starting salary for Information Security professionals lies in the six-figure range. This is increasing by 7% from 2015. Hence, it can be understood that this is a significant Year-over-Year salary bump.

Mobile App Development

The Mobile Application industry is booming. The total revenues from mobile apps are projected to reach $99 billion by 2019. This is contributing to an increased demand for niche Mobile Application developers. They are in high demand, especially those with skills such as:

  • Objective C (for iOS) or Java (for Android)
  • Graphic Design
  • User Interface (UI) Design
  • Working with REST web services (for integrating with cloud services)

Mobile app development trends are highly dynamic and 2018 promises to see the continuing emergence of innovative, cutting-edge techniques and tools. This would be accompanied by growth in traditional technologies and approaches.

Job Opportunities For Mobile App Developers

Mobile-centric roles now account for 28% of all IT related adverts in the United Kingdom in Q3 2017, making it the most popular job type in the industry. The surge in demand for mobile skills surpassed the demand for Web Development, which was previously the most popular.

Monetary Compensation For Mobile App Developers

The national average salary for a Mobile App Developer is $98,492 in the United States.

UX Design

UX Design as we know has evolved not only because of the increased popularity of smart technology but also because of developed economies. The increased focus on the service industry, where customer experience is crucial has intensified. Considering the increasing demand for redefining the UX, the lines between design and technology has blurred. This is a contributing factor to the demand for user experience (UX) designers and the trend is expected to remain robust.

Pre-requisites To Learn UX Design

  • Wireframing and UI prototyping
  • UX writing
  • Interaction design
  • Analytics
  • Visual communication

Job Opportunities For UX Designers

According to an article from Brazen Life, UX Design ranks #1 out of 7 in-demand careers in design and planning, with job growth up to 30%. Furthermore, a recent report by OnwardSearch cited that there are over 150,000 open UX design jobs throughout America.

Monetary Compensation

O’Reilly’s recently published 2017 Design Salary Survey showed that designers working in UX command the highest median salary $89,000.

Designing And Development Of Augmented Reality (AR) Apps

Augmented Reality Mobile Applications are the next big thing in the mobile app development industry. AR apps were trending in 2017 and will possibly remain at the top of innovative tech charts beyond 2017. The International Data Corporation (IDC) anticipates that expenditures on AR/VR products and services might soar from $11.4 billion in 2017 to approximately $215 billion by 2021. This sums up to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 113.2%.

Pre-requisites To Design And Develop AR Apps

  • Advanced computer vision skills
  • 3D modeling
  • Web or Mobile programming
  • Knowledge of programming languages like C++, C#, and JavaScript (Unity)
  • Understanding of Mathematics (Geometry, Matrices), Algorithms & Data Structures

Job Opportunities for AR Application Designers And Developers

According to SmartRecruiters numbers, more AR job postings have cropped up in the first quarter of this year than in all of 2015. Nearly half of all positions in Augmented Reality field are being posted by American companies.

Monetary Compensation For AR Application Designers And Developers

The average salary for Augmented Reality jobs is $66,818*

Conclusion

The current technology space is rapidly fluctuating. In fact, the technology sector is more flexible, transparent, and focused on skills — rather than job titles — than ever before. Companies are now paying for these skills rather than years of experience. Think about it! Would you want to break through into one of these emerging technology fields and bg in lucrative income? Then you have landed in the right place. We’ll help you learn these IT skills from industry experts. Join AcadGild and you’ll be a step closer to earn your dream job!

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Pavithra Vasist

Pavithra Vasist is a Content Writer working with Aeon Learning Pvt Ltd. She was previously working with MetricFox, a marketing outsourcing firm as a Copy Writer. She holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Besides writing, she's fascinated with electronic gadgets and mostly spends her spare time drawing or traveling. She resides in Bangalore.

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