10 Latest Hot Skills in Demand to Grab you a Job
The dreams and aspirations of India's estimated 130 million youth in the age group of 17–24 years is on surge. While the Indian economy still persists to grapple with low job creation and is compelled to embrace the structural shift due to emergence of latest technologies like artificial intelligence or IoT, some jobs which were traditionally in demand continue to hold their mettle but with a twist. These roles now demands significantly specialised set of skills akin to newer challenge.
Indian higher education is gradually and steadily waking up to the possible scenario where a radical overhaul is a must as technology will continue to impact the way we teach to the way we learn. From application of simulation to see how electrons in a liquid get volatile when subjected to radiation to machine learning, the major role player will be interactive medium. Even though industry struggles with challenging market conditions, the coming year will still see tech hiring in increase across non-tech companies too, the very reason being they are forced to adopt more efficient ways. New skills will be required and undoubtedly they will command a premium.
From developers to data scientists to content curators, the battle for the best talent in millennials will wage on for the coming year. Here’s what to look for when it comes to hot jobs in hiring or the 10 most in-demand skills for 2019.
1. Cyber and Information Security Professionals:
In today’s global scenario, data privacy risks and cyber security is pivotal driving Indian companies to prepare their ability to prevent hacks at any cost. Demand for cyber security professionals is expected to go up significantly with increasing risks of advanced cyber-attacks. Institutions like banking, telecom & healthcare, insurance companies, power grids which store and use large amounts of customer data are concerned and upgrading their security capabilities which will create more opportunities for mid to senior level professionals in this domain.
2. Cloud Systems Engineer:
Cloud systems engineers are responsible for designing, planning, developing, installing, maintaining and supporting IT cloud systems. These professionals typically work with Amazon Web Services, OpenStack, Microsoft Azure and other popular cloud services. Cloud systems engineers should possess strong understanding of programming languages like APIs, DevOps, automation and cloud databases. The skill requires ability to configure, debug and test cloud infrastructure platforms both in software as well as hardware. They at the same should invest on upskilling and acquire knowledge on multiple programming languages.
3. Data Scientists:
As the growing market of Artificial Intelligence will be in focus, data scientists will continue to be in the game. According to Gartner report, AI is estimated to pave way for close to 2.3 million job opportunities by the year 2020. A much closer look sheds light on vacancies in the realm of AI has doubled over the last three years. Data Scientists are primarily involved in collecting data from multiple touchpoints, analysis, interpretations from inferences and insights and formulating effective solutions for business concerns. Machine learning is an integral part of data science, where techniques from both such as regression, predictive analytics are applied for insight generation. Many roles will be created in the AI space as it will touch our lives through multiple products and services that we use in our daily life.
4. App Developer:
Since the world has shrunk to fit into the palm of our hands, companies have become increasingly attentive in releasing smartphone applications to easily reach their customer base. The scope of an android or iOS developer is great in terms of job openings and career growth in this regard. While software engineers are involved in various generic software roles, app developers focus exclusively on applications. An engineering degree combined with a specialisation certificate in app development can fetch a sure-shot job as an app developer. Budding mobile app developers need to familiarise themselves with relevant software programming, hardware specifications, and efficient UI design. Any successful app developer should be fluent in multiple programming languages including Java, HTML5, Objective-C, C++, Python and Swift. Undeniably mobile app developers will continue to be in high demand just as they have been the past few years.
The world is in the middle of another tech boom and quite interestingly there aren’t enough coders to meet the demand yet. Coders are hot commodities not only inside but also outside the tech industry. Whatever we see prima facie has certain codes written internally which makes it appear as we see it. The need to make the service interactive and consumer friendly is the utmost priority for survival of brands . There is always a constant requirement for extensive coding for the website or software to interact smoothly with the end user, as a result there is an equally extensive demand for good skilled candidates on this field.
6. IoT specialist:
The world revolves around World Wide Web. An internet of things or better known as IoT specialist is an IT professional who is an expert in at least one or more of the following disciplines like devices, connectivity, edge and cloud analytics, enterprise integration, platforms, development and DevOps. Modern business relies heavily on one or few aspects of IoT where a IoT specialist helps the organization stay on top of technology trends, compliance and the scaling of IoT over time as a long term strategy.
7. Content Specialist:
The latest annual LinkedIn emerging jobs report says that the largest skill gap in the job market is the expert ability to know how to talk, write and present as effective communication is vital for any form of value addition from consumer interaction to brand identity. Degrees in journalism, English, public relations and communication are popular pathways to get entry into this sector. The desirable skill set includes the ability to compellingly communicate a brand’s story as well as having design sensibility to envision how content will be presented . From technical writing, copywriting, business writing, content management, the skill prerequisites creative thinking. Content marketer, blog editor, SEO copywriter and social media manager to name a few are purview that share some of the scope of content specialists.
8. Digital, SEO/SEM Marketing:
It's one of LinkedIn’s skills companies need the most on the list of most in-demand jobs. Search engine optimization and search engine marketing are in high demand with the thriving online businesses and need for web marketing. Employers are looking for people with digital marketing skills to improve their company’s web presence and visibility. The top five organic search results get over 75% of the clicks. This is one of the skills in vogue for obvious reasons; more site visits impacts more conversions, customers and ultimately revenue generation. Most people are expected to learn the skills through online certification. Google provides a free guide for starters to understand and implement SEO effectively in businesses. If you’re data-minded, SEO/SEM may be a great fit since the role involves constant testing, measuring, and experimenting to see what works and make changes based on observations/metrics/KPIs.
9. Business Intelligence Analyst:
An experience in database technology, analytics and reporting tools are the necessary acumen for Business Intelligence Analyst. Typically candidates with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems or engineering can jump the bandwagon as specific specialists. The scope hunts for someone with the skills who understand organization’s unique data needs and how to analyse and communicate those to varied stakeholders for optimal efficiency. It’s a role with growing importance as businesses swirls around making sense out of crucial aggregated data. A few common functions of big data analysts are to accurately collect and analyze data sets, gauge the performance of an organization, predict trends, and provide guidance for improving marketing strategies, customer relations and tackling competition.
10. Management Consultants:
To resolve a business challenge, a strategic outlook is the key. Since the proposition calls for a broader perspective, the want for domain specialists by management consultancies is on upward trend and MBA is not just the only degree that can get you into one. Consultancies rely a lot on strategy based portfolio, for which they look at diverse skills. Keep in mind that the dynamic and lucrative client-facing roles in the industry are very demanding and often needs you to live out of a suitcase.
Technology is here to stay. All jobs are most likely going to require some amount of technical skills or interface in the future, so make sure to brush up on the basics. Despite the prominence of technical jobs and skills, you don’t need to be just technical to be successful. Soft skills like management, leadership, creativity and strategy are equally important. Apart from that, the trend alert urges to focus more on your English and Maths too. Investing in an expertly written LinkedIn profile and resume can add value reasonably. The latest Nasscom report suggests by 2022, 9% of Indians will be in jobs that don’t even exist today. As a professional, a learning attitude will be crucial as your employer will want to see how eagerly you adopt new ways of working and learn skills to maximise your contribution. A valid higher education always boosts climbing the socioeconomic ladder faster and safer than any other route. However the new learning paradigm shifts to where a degree is not just the sole motivator, but acquiring new skill sets infused with lifelong learning is the key to gain competency. Learn effective speaking and writing, be comfortable and stay updated with technology and above all demonstrate a huge willingness to learn, experiment and be creative to have an extra edge to carve success.
Chaitali B is a Content Editor & Strategist, Web Columnist and top Blogger who worked with leading media agencies. Her works are published in varied publications like TOI, Indian Express, Huffingtonpost India, Soulspot, Indiblogger, Narrow Road journal and is part of two international multilingual anthology of poems. She occasionally conducts creative writing workshops and does poetry reading for the community kids.