8 Top Tech Skills in Demand This Year
Global trends and changing business needs make the IT field shift its focus on certain skills that become more popular. Here is a list of top 8 skills we believe have emerged as very important and are in high demand for developers in 2020:
1. Mobile development
With the mobile population increasing to 4 billion unique users that make use of smartphones for activities from online shopping to gamification, mobile development skills are sought after. Brands who want to stay relevant don’t just need websites, they need apps, so it might be a good time to invest in Android and iOS mobile development skills
2. Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning
Investing in skills within AI is a great idea, as it will help organizations deliver innovative products. Artificial Intelligence is on the rise, constantly transforming and evolving, and its usage is rapidly increasing. AI engineers can boost productivity and improve efficiency of businesses and take automation to the next level, making labour less human dependent, starting from chatbots and predictive analysis, to self driving cars. 61% of organizations say that Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence will be among their top initiatives this year.
Cybersecurity is still one of the biggest challenges for companies that are collecting/storing customer data because sensitive information is typically stored digitally. The risk of data security threats and cyber attacks has never been higher so it’s a great time to develop your cybersecurity analytical skills – there is a 19% increase in this skillset than two years ago. Data breaching can affect a company financially, legally and from a PR perspective.
The demand for blockchain engineers has increased by 517% in 2019 and blockchain skills are highly paid and valued. Originally it was associated with the digital currency Bitcoin but now blockchain is a great way to store, validate, authorize, and move data across the internet, from crowdfunding to digital voting.
5. Virtual Reality
The world of virtual reality is an emerging sector and the demand for candidates with virtual reality skills has increased with a percentage of 37% in the last year. This includes designing and developing with 3D modelling software and graphics programming. The scope for these tech skills is sure to increase in the 2020s.
6. Internet of Things (IoT)
IoT is still one of the growing sectors of the tech world. It is made up of devices that connect to the internet and share data with each other. Around 29 billion connected devices are forecast by 2022 and this makes IoT skills high in demand this year. The range of existing and potential Internet of Things devices is enormous.
Python is becoming more proeminent with an increase of about 24% with 61,000 job postings. It remains the most in-demand skill required by developers. Python has become a must-know language with a 45% increase in global professionals naming Python as a skill. It’s an object-oriented programming language that offers a large collection of useful libraries and extension for developers and programmers while being easier to use.
8. Cloud computing
Cloud computing has become prominent in recent years and companies are built and run on the cloud. Cloud computing is a part of the world of business already, and it likely will have a greater impact on the industry in 2020. As one of the most useful and efficient tools available today, the cloud can help improve efficiency, productivity, security and operations. Cloud computing skills are in high demand, and command some of the highest salaries in the world products.