The Most In-Demand Tech Skills in 2019 And How to Learn Them
The Most In-Demand Tech Skills in 2019 And How to Learn Them
2019 is an exciting time for tech professionals, especially those who love to explore new horizons.
Technology is still developing with incredible speed and new tech skills are becoming vital for organizations.
While this is a tremendous opportunity for some, others who aren’t putting in the effort to improve their existing skillset will be left by the sidelines.
Continuous learning is the only way to secure your place in the technology world.
With that in mind, let’s look at the most in-demand tech skills for IT professionals in 2019 along with a few courses and specializations that can help you start developing your tech portfolio.
Cloud computing continues to be one of the three most dominating trends in technology along with big data and artificial intelligence.
According to LinkedIn cloud computing is the number one hard skill that companies need. Cloud computing isn’t just one skill, though. There are different aspects of the cloud which has created multiple new positions like cloud architect, cloud engineer, cloud systems administrator, and others, all of which serve a different purpose to organizations.
TechRepublic’s Guide to IT Jobs in 2020 predicts that cloud engineer will be the fifth most sought-after IT Job by businesses in 2020.
A few online courses and specializations for cloud enthusiasts are:
Microsoft’s Cloud Fundamentals Course on EdX – is a free (or paid with a certificate at the end) beginner level course for people looking to get into cloud computing. This course also serves as an introduction to Microsoft’s cloud computing service – Microsoft Azure.
Amazon also offers multiple online courses and certificates for Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS firmly holds the lead in the cloud market over Google and Microsoft, so starting your journey in AWS will give you the most career options down the line.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has been one of those terms that seem to be gaining more momentum as the years go by.
LinkedIn ranks AI as the number two skill that most companies need in 2019. There are a considerable number of scenarios in which AI can be hugely beneficial to organizations. From chatbots to self-driving cars, AI’s integration in virtually all industries is undeniable.
A few online courses and specializations for AI and machine learning are:
Google AI – Google has created a platform dedicated to educating the world on AI. There’s a ton of free information and different courses for complete beginners and experienced AI enthusiasts. Even if you’re not keen on AI as a profession, a lot of the information provided by Google is incredibly interesting for everyone that wants to understand what AI is.
MIT’s Machine Learning: From Data to Decisions online program starts from the basics and expands into more complex machine learning topics. It’s a comprehensive program which grants a certificate upon successful completion which of course means it’s also expensive – $2300 for the whole 8-week course. If you’ve decided to pursue a career in AI and machine learning and want an in-depth look at both fundamentals and advanced techniques this course can be an excellent fit.
User Experience Desing (UX)
UX designers focus on every company’s most valuable asset – the customer.
As businesses have become more customer-centric the importance of UX design has increased exponentially. At the same time, many organizations have broken up the traditional role of the UX designer into a bunch of different positions like UX engineer, motion designer and UX researcher as a response to the growing race for better overall user satisfaction.
A few online courses and specializations for UX are:
Udemy’s UX and UI courses are a fantastic place to start for everyone looking to get into UX. There are tons of affordable courses (€20 and lower), and some are even free.
The Interaction Design Foundation (IDF) also offers a vast amount of courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced UX designers. The IDF is a large educational organization that’s managed to build an active community which everyone can join for just €12 month. Lots of their courses don’t require any additional payments other than the membership fee which makes them some of the most affordable high-level UX courses on the whole Internet.
Security concerns were a huge topic in 2018, with data leaks from big companies often making headlines.
Microsoft’s announcement of a severe security breach in the beginning of 2019 didn’t help with the situation either.
Cybersecurity isn’t anything new to the tech world since there have always been IT professionals in charge of security. That said, the transition to cloud computing caused a few problems in this regard and spurred the creation of new security roles.
According to IDG’s 2018 Cloud Computing Survey, 30% of organizations using the cloud have already employed cloud security architects or engineers. Tech Republic, on the other hand, ranks security analyst as the 4th most sought-after role in 2020 for the IT sector.
A few online courses and specializations for cybersecurity are:
The Rochester Institute of Technology’s Cybersecurity Fundamentals course on EdX is a course that can be free or paid (the paid version includes a certificate and graded exams). The program teaches the basics of threat detection, system and network protection, cryptography and other core concepts.
The Specialized Cybersecurity Program on Coursera by the University of Maryland also covers some fundamentals but is more suitable for intermediate users. The course includes a practical project that you’ll need to complete to get certified. This program is also not that expensive at €34 a month, but there’s also a 7-day free trial period which makes it even more appealing.
Mobile Application Development
Mobile has taken over and the IT job market is responding accordingly.
According to Statista the percentage of all global web pages served to mobile phones has increased from 0.7% to 52.2% from 2009 to 2018. This is an absolutely absurd increase. Smartphones are in everyone’s hands, and mobile app developers are one of the most valuable IT professionals in the market today.
Even if it seems like the mobile apps craze has dwindled down smartphone use continues to increase in many regions, so mobile app developers aren’t going to be left behind anytime soon if at all.
A few online courses and specializations for mobile app development are:
The Android App Development for Beginners Course on EdX– this course is a great starting point for newcomers to mobile app development. While it’s listed as a beginner course, some knowledge of programming basics and a programming language is required. Like most EdX courses, this one also has a free option, so there’s no downside to giving it a try.
Udemy’s iOS courses again are some of the most affordable and easy to pick up for beginners. You can find pretty much everything you need to regarding mobile app development especially for newcomers like ionic tutorials, iOS and Swift courses and even courses that challenge you to build real apps.
Augmented And Virtual Reality Expertise (AR and VR)
It’s hard to talk about one or even multiple skills that have to do with AR and VR.
The two terms still confuse most people, so if you’re still unclear on the difference, this article by the Franklin Institute can help you understand what AR, VR and MR (mixed reality) are.
In short, AR is the addition of digital elements to a real live view through some type of technology (think PokemonGo) and VR is a simulation of an image or an environment that can be interacted with through technology (think Oculus). Both have tremendous potential for deployment in fields ranging from entertainment and video games to construction and healthcare.
According to Statista the AR and VR market size grew from 6.1 billion USD in 2016 to 12.1 billion USD in 2018. If this seems like a huge increase, the forecast is for the market size to reach 192.7 billion USD in 2022. Consumers are still the primary buyers of AR and VR technology, but the manufacturing segment is also ramping up it’s spending.
A few online courses and specializations for AR and VR are:
The Unity 3D Master Class is a game development course for beginners looking to enter the field of 3D videogame building. Unity is considered the ultimate game development platform with a substantial amount of games created on it. If you’re looking to get into 3D games, you can’t go wrong with Unity’s platform.
The Introduction to Augmented Reality and ARCore course provides a detailed introduction into AR, goes into some more complex concepts and demonstrates a lot of the real-world applications of AR. The course also covers a few fundamental ideas behind ARCore – a software development kit owned by Google used to build AR apps.
If you’ve been in tech for a while you can clearly see how much technology has changed and with it – the skills required to stay relevant as an IT professional.
Change might be scary for some, but everyone needs to embrace it especially in the tech world. Not growing and learning is a sure-fire way to make yourself obsolete.
These constant transitions from one technology or skill to another aren’t something we can completely predict or control so the best anyone can do is to turn learning and growing into a habit.
Make sure you’re up to date with the latest in the industry and challenge yourself constantly to guarantee that you’re evolving as a professional. The rest will take care of itself.
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