A consistent pattern can be detected over the years; the quality of talents improve. As technology continues to evolve, skills for the workplace must also evolve. It is not enough to be knowledgeable in a single area to stay competitive in a talent market. Individuals with hands-on Tech skills, on the other hand, can stand out from the crowd. The tech talent shortage in Africa has organizations scurrying to ensure that their personnel are up to date on the newest skills and techniques that enable business agility.
Basic Programming, Data Engineering, Data Visualization, UI/UX Design, and Cybersecurity are among the most in-demand disciplines.
Basic Programming: Even in non-tech jobs or roles, programming fundamentals are in high demand. Even if you only know the fundamentals of programming, you’ll be able to read other people’s code, build simple programs and algorithms, and gain a better knowledge of how an IT project works. According to the TIOBE Index, in September 2021, the top-5 of programming languages were the following; C, Python, Java, C++ and C#
Data Engineering: Software engineers, Big Data developers, data analysts, and cloud computing engineers are all part of the data engineering team. Working at a company that generates a large amount of data from several sources, basic Data Engineering operations needed include:
- Data collection and organization.
- Combining and analyzing various data formats collected from various sources.
- Data storage optimization.
- Optimizing the company’s budget through lowering data storage costs.
Essential skills for a data analyst include Python and SQL, Java or Scala, and cloud computing. Knowledge of algorithms and data structures and the basics of distributed systems is also a must.
Data Visualization; The power of data visualization is undeniable. According to a Tableau study, workers who utilize visual data recovery tools are 28% more likely to find timely information than those who solely use managed reporting and dashboards. As a result, data visualization abilities are becoming more desirable in today’s job market. Data visualization is an important aspect of data analytics because it allows companies to critically assess data and present it in a logical manner. Tableau, Google Data Studio, PowerBI, Datawrapper, and Infogram are among the most popular data visualization tools for marketers, managers, and other professionals who work with large amounts of data.
UI/UX Design: Although the terms User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) are used interchangeably, they are two distinct fields. User experience simply encompasses all aspects of the end-users interaction with a company, such as its services and products. The user interface is the point at which humans and machines interact. UI/UX designers, as their name implies, can work in any field where usability and end-user experience are important. Some skills required to be a UI/UX Designer are; Visual design and design software, User research and usability testing, Agile, Information architecture, Application development, Visual hierarchy, Typography and Color theory.
Cybersecurity: With more individuals working remotely and sharing data online, it is projected that the need for cybersecurity will rise at a rate of 31% through 2029. Information, network, and vulnerability threat assessment capabilities are in high demand due to a scarcity of cybersecurity tech skills among IT workers.
Cybercrime is on the rise, costing businesses and individuals huge amounts of money every year. In January 2021, millions of user-profiles on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn were hacked. As more businesses move their data to the cloud, security remains a top priority. Some skills required to be a cybersecurity expert are; Data encryption, Installing firewalls and routers, Risk mitigation strategy and threat analysis, Ethical hacking, and penetration testing. Cybersecurity engineers, malware analysts, penetration testers, and security architects are all popular jobs in the field.
Technology is one of those fields that is unlikely to fade away very soon. So, if you’re considering any of the above tech skills for 2022, you are guaranteed that they’ll still be in high demand in 2023.
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