Technical skills for 2022
Today’s world changes drastically from time to time due to advancement in technology. The market reflected the type of community we live in. We are now entering the robotic world that has impacted the human workforce. This means that most humans will be working remotely while the robots are performing their tasks.
The skills gap for demanding technical skills in companies is widening and has led to the emergence of specialties of technologists. The Covid-19 pandemic has further increased the skills gap and accelerated digitization in all sectors. This article discusses the top 10 technical skills that people need to acquire to remain relevant in technical labor markets in 2022.
The first technical skill is based on data science. Data is the new oil of this technological age. Do people know why Facebook, Amazon and Google have become the most powerful companies in the world? This is due to the amount of data they contain and their ability to analyze and interpret the data. There is a high demand for data science jobs across all industries such as finance, healthcare, e-commerce, and logistics.
The other important skill is artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). AI is ranked as the fastest growing profession according to LinkedIn. As the amount of data increases, AI applications get deeper and broader. AI has become a great approach to problem solving. Large companies like Amazon are using AI to forecast their demand. For example, machine learning uses algorithms that can help a business; estimate the number of products needed, customer costs and reduce storage costs. Applications of AI include self-driving cars, surgical robots, virtual reality, augmented reality, facial recognition software, and many more. Most industries are adopting AI / ML technologies in the coming phase of digital transformation.
UI / UX design is another skill in high demand due to the increase in the number of new apps and websites that require UX designers. Nowadays, most of the companies compete for the attention of customers and for that they come up with great design. Designs tend to grab the attention of customers to spend more time with them and use their websites regularly. UX designers design digital products and services that make the life of their target users easier and more convenient while using their products or services.
Blockchain is a technology that is developing and covers cryptocurrencies such as bitcoins and many others. It has a decentralized system where data is stored and serves as a database. One of the main advantages of this technology is that the data is well secured and immutable. Most companies in the finance, healthcare, and government industries use this blockchain technology. This is due to its high degree of confidentiality with sensitive data. Companies that have decided to use blockchain technology must have employees who have extensive knowledge of cryptography, data structure, and blockchain.
If people want to take advantage of the tech world, they might need to acquire Internet of Things (IoT) skills. This includes interrelated computing devices, digital machines, animals, or people with certain unique identifiers. This allows easy transfer of data over a network without any human intervention. In the IoT, there are smart devices connected to the web that use processors, sensors and communication hardware. They share information to perform the right functions. It is found in connected devices, agricultural equipment, health monitors, factory equipment, wireless trackers, wireless internet, logistics tracking and many more devices. Many people are adapting to IoT to facilitate device communication.
Another important area is cloud computing which allows most businesses to upload data to the cloud and secure it. There is a high demand for workers such as software engineers and cloud architects who have extensive experience in cloud computing and Amazon Web Services (AWS). If people want to fit into this field, they should try to learn the following: data migration, web services and APIs, IT and data security. It also includes business intelligence and analytics. Most businesses are looking for ways to stay ahead of their competition and achieve their goals using their data. Businesses will hire tech professionals who can turn their data into knowledge to understand trends in their industry.
Cyber security; one of the biggest threats businesses face in this digital world are cyber attacks. Today, businesses are hiring experts who can protect their data and network from hacking by hackers. IT security specialists are in great demand to provide the best security solutions to the business and also train their staff.
Another technical skill that people can acquire in 2022 is digital marketing. There are many opportunities in the digital space, and if people explore it well, they will find a gap that they can easily fill. In digital marketing, there is social media marketing, social media advertising, content marketing, search engine optimization, and many other areas. The point is, people market products and services online. Today almost everyone owns a phone or laptop, so more and more people are choosing to use the phone for shopping and ordering without having to physically visit a store.
If people want to thrive in the tech world, they need to know more about digital marketing. They can then use visually appealing images, graphics, websites, infographics, and other media in their digital marketing strategies. This is why we commonly observe that large companies make good use of their social media pages to ensure that they reach a large audience.
Another great skill that people can learn is video editing. When people know how to edit videos, they can even use them for their digital marketing strategies and in other businesses. Additionally, people need to know how to build e-commerce sites. A majority of people choose to buy and sell online. Many business owners would be looking for qualified people who can set up an online store for them. Therefore, the general skills of website design and development will help people in this regard. All of these skills are vital and go hand in hand.
Knowing how to use Amazon can help people better run their ecommerce businesses. Ideally, one can also become a virtual assistant and help manage online stores. Take the example of Amazon and eBay: people buy items from two online stores from anywhere in the world. This makes it easier for customers to access items that they cannot obtain in their area. This allows for an easy flow of articles on a global scale.
If people imagine themselves to be working in any of the specialized fields mentioned above in the future, they should equip themselves with relevant skills and be an expert in their chosen field, and their skills will be in high demand on the work market. These skills will continue to grow over time. Universities and colleges should also offer hands-on technical training to their students to ensure that they keep pace with current trends and technologies. All of these skills are important now and even more so in the years to come.
The author is CTO and Director, Information Center
Technology at BIO. He tweets @imranbatada and can be contacted at: [email protected]