In this article, you will read about 7 Tech Skills in High Demand By Employers.
By Oluchukwu Ezeja
The 21st century revolution driven by advancement in technologies has no doubt shaped the composition and functionality of workplaces and businesses with the attendant disruptive changes.
It is an ongoing process that will continue to evolve, leading to changes in the job market, which consequently causes growing demand for professionals who possess specific technical skills that are relevant.
The role of technology in keeping people and businesses connected received a major boost during the COVID-19 pandemic as the resulting lockdown forced corporate organisations to see the need to adopt telecommunication system for coordination of business activities.
Moreover, in this article we will discuss seven tech skills that will be in high demand from 2023 upwards.
One of the challenges faced by government agencies and business organisations across sectors in the world is attack on their computer networks and systems, leading to data breaches or loss which costs billions of dollars.
According to a report on cybercrime by AAG IT Services, data breaches cost businesses an average of $4.35 million in 2022.
Also a report by The Guardian newspaper shows that cyber crimes like phishing and scams hit 174 per cent in Nigeria in the first six months of 2022.
This ugly trend has forced different organisations to invest in cybersecurity, which is the practice of protecting computer systems, network, and electronic devices from theft, damage and unauthorized access or hacking.
This development has led to increase in demand for cybersecurity experts by organisations.
Some Cybersecurity jobs include cybersecurity analyst, systems engineer/network engineer, and software developer.
Cybersecurity professionals are required to have knowledge of operating systems, network protocols, and programming languages such as Python, PowerShell, among others.
Also, they are equally required to be abreast of latest threats and techniques used by cyber threat actors.
This requires knowing how to use intrusion detection software (security information and event management (SIEM) products, intrusion detection systems (IDS), and intrusion prevention systems (IPS) that enables one to quickly identify suspicious activity or security violations.
The professional is also required to possess strong analytical skills to be able to detect and mitigate tech security risks that may arise.
Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services, such as data storage, networking, web servers, database management systems, marketing automation and business analytics over the Internet.
Meanwhile, Cloud computing skills can be applied to a broad range of businesses, including e-commerce, banking and finance, education, healthcare, and more.
Skills required for cloud computing include knowledge of cloud infrastructure, cloud security and architecture.
The professionals need to be familiar with popular platforms like Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services (AWS), IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), and Alibaba Cloud, among others.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the reproduction or mimicking of human intelligence processes in computer systems.
Such include learning by experience or from repetition, solving problems, understanding and responding to language, making decisions and recognizing certain objects.
Meanwhile, the components of AI include Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Robotics, and Expert Systems.
Also, these components enable machines to learn, understand, and interact with the world around them in ways that were previously impossible.
Experts are of the opinion that with advancement of AI technologies, it has great potential to change future of IT jobs.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted a 31.4 percent increase in jobs for data scientists and mathematical science professionals, which are crucial to AI, by 2030.
AI skills are helping with rapid changes in the areas of Smartphone technology and Supply-chain automation.
Other areas are Fraud prevention, Energy supply and usage, Online shopping, Email spam filters, and Diagnosing illnesses, among others.
The skills required to work with AI include computer programming, algorithm design, data analysis, and knowledge of Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI).
Additionally, they need to have good analytical skills, and also be familiar with programming languages like Python, C++, Java.
Data analytics involves the process of storing, managing and using data to gain valuable information and insights.
Jobs that use data analytics skills include business intelligence analysts, data analysts, data engineers, data analytics consultants and IT systems analysts.
Software engineering has to do with applying engineering principles to the development of computer software applications to solve real-world problems.
Note that Software engineers can get jobs as IT consultants, game developers, multimedia programmers and web developers.
Yes, Computer graphics is the act of creating or manipulating digital images in the form of pixels drawn on a computer.
Computer graphics skills are useful in UI design, animation, web design, video editing and graphic design.
Another tech job that requires use of modern Information Technologies is Digital marketing which involves the use of digital platforms for advertising or marketing purposes.
Such digital platforms include search engines, websites, email, social media and apps used to promote products, services and brands.
Jobs that require digital marketing skills include content managers and strategists, SEO and SEM specialists.
Others are virtual reality developers, digital marketing managers and email marketing specialists, among others.