Top 10 In-Demand Tech Skills You Need to Have in 2021
4 Dec 2020
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The tech and coding age now demand workers who are able to handle complex situations and bring more expertise to the table. If you’re planning to switch careers or maximize your marketability, here are some of the most in-demand tech skills you need to have today.


  1. AI and Machine Learning
    Artificial Intelligence and machine learning can be confusing for some, but to put it simply, AI is the concept of machines being able to carry out tasks in a manner that is “smart”. Machine learning is an application of AI and it is a way to let computers know how to use all available data to make a decision or execute a task more efficiently.

    There’s a lack of skilled people in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning. According to Sultan Meghji, the 25-year veteran of internet/web/AI, fintech, biotech, innovation, and transformation, it is hard to find technology leaders who can manage teams made of AI and data science. So, if you really want to start learning AI, there are courses available online and on platforms like Coursera which MDEC has a tie up with.
  2. Computer vision engineering
    This field of tech and engineering aims to develop scripts and applications that will allow computers to have a high-level understanding from videos and images. For instance, they develop scripts that teach computers or robots to identify and position certain objects. A good understanding of math is helpful if you want to be a successful computer visual engineer.
  3. Data science

    Data science can be defined as obtaining insights and information out of data, using a blend of various tools, algorithms, and machine learning principles. Data scientists are much needed in key industries like finance, banking, and healthcare because they enable businesses and organizations to make better, data-driven decisions.

    According to LinkedIn’s Most Promising Jobs 2019 report, job openings for Data Scientist roles have a 43% year-over-year growth rate.

    A data scientist who also knows how to do data visualization to help people understand the significance of data is highly sought-after.
  4. Development (web, mobile, software)
    Developers are responsible for designing, installing, testing and maintaining appropriate systems for web, mobile and software. Businesses that want to stay relevant will need developers who can build mobile apps for them and help them streamline their business processes including inventories and sales using a backend system.
  5. Cybersecurity
    Cybersecurity experts are in demand due to the increasing attacks brought forth by hackers who want to steal customer information collected by companies. Data breaches could trigger lawsuits and could be very costly.

    There is currently a huge gap in the market and it’s estimated that there will be 3.5 million unfulfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021. This means that if you learn this skill now, you’d have a huge chance of succeeding and securing well-paying jobs.
  6. Cloud engineering

    Cloud engineers are IT professionals who are responsible for developing solutions that make use of both in-house technology and outside systems in order to design, plan, manage, maintain and support cloud computing.

    Jobs in cloud engineering and computing are a hot prospect right now, because of the lucrative paygrade.
  7. Business Intelligence analyst
    BI analysts gather data through a number of ways and they are experienced with database technology, analytics, and reporting tools. They are much needed now because they provide data-driven analysis of competitors and accurate snapshots of where a company stands in the industry.
    Businesses rely on BI analysts to pinpoint processes where they can reduce costs or allocate more resources to.
  8. Database development
    Database developers manage and develop database servers using efficient SQL codes. They prevent companies from spending additional costs by automating design and database development processes.

    To be a successful database developer, you need to have strong problem-solving and troubleshooting skills.
  9. Amazon Web Services
    Amazon Web Services is a subsidiary of AWS provides on-demand computing platforms, database, storage and analytics services. Software engineers, cloud technical managers, and solutions specialists are in demand right now, with Amazon hiring technical professionals from all over the world who can help them build and innovate more cloud computing systems.
  10. DevOps
    The word DevOps was coined by Patrick Debois, one of its gurus. DevOps refers to a combination of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools and its primary goal is to shorten the development life cycle and enable organizations to deliver applications and services faster.

    The exponential rise in demand for DevOps engineers is attributed to the fact that companies have achieved significant success in delivering high-quality applications and they have experienced overwhelming returns compared with firms that don’t employ these professionals.

The World Economic Forum has identified education as the number one way to prepare for the next two decades of work. Continuously pursuing new skill sets that can expand your knowledge and capabilities is the way to set yourself apart from other tech professionals and receive the more attractive offers. Begin now to plan to acquire or upgrade to the in-demand tech skills that match your career goals, and by this time next year you could be in your next high paying position.

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