April 24, 2019 Top 5 In-Demand Skills In Tech In 2019
By Tom Wilde
In order to maximize your marketability in the tech space, it is essential to optimize your skills and adapt to current skill sets. At this very moment in time there are ample opportunities available in the industry, with new opportunities sprouting up with every new advancement. If you’re looking to start a career within the tech space, you will need to know what skills the industry is looking for.
So, to avoid being overlooked by potential employers, invest in yourself and make one of these top 5 in-demand tech skills one of the top skills in your repertoire.
Here are some of the most sought-after tech skills in 2019:
Data science is a combination of various tools, algorithms, and machine learning principles that decipher and extract information from the hidden patterns present in raw data.
Using statistics and deep learning methods, you can predict risk and therefore create a solution before anything has gone wrong. This leads to better, more informed decisions that are based on the patterns revealed by scientific study of data. Though this is supposed to be used as a helping hand rather than a replacement of your data scientists.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning
Both Artificial Intelligence and machine learning fall under the data science umbrella.
AI is defined as machines that can imitate more than the basic human behaviours and in fact those of intelligence. Using built-in algorithms to assess and interpret data to make decisions that reflect those of the humans around them. The biggest misconception is that AI is a robot that looks like a human, when rather we use AI in our daily lives already; in forms such as self-driving cars, your phones ability to automatically connect to Wifi, recommendations for series all based on algorithms set up to get the most personalized and hassle-free experience for you.
Machine learning is the adaptation artificial intelligence goes through when they study the data and process the algorithms to come up with educated decisions that imitate those of humans. AI is able to consider speech recognition, translation and visual perception to come to their final decision, all in the space of a few seconds. The insights coming from these learning machines are much more accurate than decisions and observations made by humans because the access to broader information and additional resources, that we as humans may never have thought of to consider, help in coming up with a holistic view of our data’s success.
The world has gone mobile, there are more than 2 billion smartphone users today - 24/7 user to user, customer to brand, and brand to customer visibility means nothing goes unnoticed. Most people traditionally spend 2 hours or more on their phone daily.
Therefore the importance of mobile development when trying to sell your brand is of utmost importance.
- Create a direct marketing channel, for example, an app developed by your company that is then also a single place to distribute and monitor content.
- Build a brand via your platform, it adds to your brand awareness and gets your customers involved.
- Making your app into a social platform such as Instagram or Facebook, having the ability to comment, like and share.
- It gives you real-time rich data capture that gives insights into what’s working, what’s not and what is the most successful form of content your business is distributing.
- Convenience is key. People don’t want to waste their time on their phones, they want easy access, easy read, quick and to the point. Aim to achieve instant gratification for your customers.
- This also increases customer engagement and makes the content each customer sees seem personalized specifically for them.
User Experience (UX)
UX encompasses the web-users experience of a digital product or service. The interaction between a digital product or service with a customer is key and has to be preplanned and researched to understand and create the best user experience possible.
UX specifically refers to:
- A workflow for users
- Ease of access and use
- Enhanced experience
- Satisfaction in interaction
This is the practice of protecting digital systems, networks and programs from external attacks. The reason that these systems are necessary is that hackers try to access user’s sensitive and confidential information to use for unscrupulous acts. As technology and data become a more integrated part of our lives, it is important to take the same security measures as with your car or house.
With the advancement of security software and data inscription, hackers are themselves becoming more active too. Understanding your responsibility as a consumer when it comes to cybersecurity, such as strong passwords, is the utmost importance - as it is too with your business.
Upskill Yourself and Your Team
Optimising yourself and your team's tech skills could really give you the upper hand in business. It is necessary to keep with the times and understand how current trends within industries can influence the type of skills needed in the job market.
While business, social media and artificial intelligence evolves, along with the technological and economic landscape, upskilling yourself and your team can be of utmost importance to keeping your foot in the door with the top skills in tech.
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