With advancement of technology, the contemporary labor market has become very complex and in need of disparate skills to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.
This article opens discourse on some of the most demanding skills that can essentially help a candidate stand out from others while seeking a job.
1. Coding/ Computer Programming Skills
Programmers are cornerstones of digital businesses, since in most cases they play the most important role in running and maintaining the operations for the businesses.
2. Digital Marketing Skills
The internet-based marketing that is achieved through promoting and positioning a product or a service to its desired within the virtual realm of the internet is known as digital marketing, the person who performs this job is known as a digital marketer.
In the contemporary world, with the advancement of the internet and the subsequent growth and popularity of e-commerce, digital marketing has become an essential form of marketing, the absence of which would create an incomplete marketing campaign. Digital marketing can be achieved by utilizing social media marketing (SEM), social media optimization (SEO), e-mail direct marketing and more.
3. Graphics Designing Skills
Graphics designing is the means by which visual content is created to communicate messages. Graphics designing from logo creation, poster designing, pamphlet designing, and more. This skill predominantly concerns aesthetic appeal and marketing. The main objective of graphics designing is to attract viewers using images, colors, fonts, and symbols and aesthetics to communicate a message.
This means of content modification has been prevalent for 100s of years, but the term ‘Graphics Designing’ took inception during the 1920s. Today graphics designing is rapidly transitioning to the online platform as well with the rise of the internet, and intensively used for digital marketing campaigns.
4. Data Scientist
For any business, organization or even a campaign to succeed in this contemporary world, analyzing information is an important part. Today, due to the advancement of technology, it is possible to analyze huge stacks of data from innumerable individuals with the help of mathematics, statistics, scientific methods, algorithms, artificial intelligence, machine learning and more relevant means.
This skill of analyzing data is known as data-analysis, people proficient in data-science are known as data scientists. It is only through the analysis of information by the means of collecting and sequencing data, that appropriate strategies can be made.
5. Financial Management
Financial management refers to the management of the finances of a company or an individual. Finances dictate the state of a company’s wealth and financial management refers to the implementation of strategies that should be undertaken to increase or protect this state through numerous measures such as investing, borrowing, lending, and more.
Despite sounding obvious and simple, financial management is a highly complex task, particularly when dealt with a large volume of capital. It is very important for a company to have a prudent financial manager, since this task would dictate the company’s ability to undertake new endeavors.
6. Translation and Transcription skills
Since millenniums, knowing foreign languages has always been considered as a highly demanded skill. People apt in languages other than their own native tongues, have almost always been employed as translators, negotiators, diplomats and more for thousands of years.
Even today, despite technological advancements, knowing foreign languages gives any candidate an upper edge, since this skill can come for an employer to swiftly translate and seal deals with international partners and clients.
7. Animation Creator
With the advancement of technology, communicating messages has transformed from the early days of static symbols, images and aesthetics, to motion visualizations in the form of animated GIFs and videos. Today, animated works can be found from logos, to advertisements, to movies, and more.
With the rise of digital media, digital marketing and other internet-based interactions, animation has become a highly demanded skill to create messages, campaigns, and contents.
8. Cybersecurity Analysis
The collective means of protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and operations of computer systems, networks and data, against digital/cyber-attacks or unauthorized access is termed as cybersecurity.
With the digitalization of organizations, critical information is mostly stored in computer systems and databases, corruption of which can render huge risks and even damages. Thus, to digitally protect any organization, company or business, cybersecurity is essential.
9. Blockchain Development
Blockchain is a process / system of recording information as such that it becomes difficult to near impossible to change, hack, or manipulate the information. It is essentially a digital ledger of transactions that is duplicated and distributed across the entire network of computer systems on the blockchain.
Every individual block in the chain contains a number of transactions, and whenever a new transaction occurs on the blockchain, a record of that transaction is added to every participant’s ledger. Due to this secure and near incorruptible means of information recording, blockchain is a technology that is highly in demand.
Companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Tencent, Nvidia, J.P. Morgan, PayPal, and more use blockchain technology, with other companies and organizations transitioning towards this technology rapidly. Given the peaking demand of this technology, employees highly prefer workers adapted and experienced in blockchain technology.
10. Cloud Computing Skills
Cloud computing is the means of accessing information and applications online instead of having to build, manage, and maintain them on individual hard drives or servers. Slack, Google Cloud Platforms, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, etc. are prime examples of cloud computing companies with billions of users worldwide.
Due to its efficiency, security, and effectiveness, cloud computing has hugely gained popularity amongst companies, rendering employers to give an edge to a candidate proficient in cloud computing than to others.
11. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Development
Artificial intelligence, AI, is the simulation of human intelligence or human behaviors by machines and computer systems. Digital assistants such as Siri (Apple) or Cortana (Microsoft), etc., text editors such as Grammarly, Linguix, etc. are examples of AI applications.
The prime objective of AI is to assist humans in doing tasks by identifying mistakes, performing corrections, and even providing complete all-round assistance. Due to its perks, experts in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are in high demand and companies are always on the hunt to find experts for the development of AI models, their implementations, and maintenance.
12. Mobile Application Development
The process of developing software/applications that run on mobile devices is known as Mobile Application Development. By the proliferation of smartphones due to their affordability and functionalities, creating mobile applications such as mobile games, mobile e-commerce shopping, mobile banking and financial services, etc., has turned into an enormous business opportunity. Thus, tech companies are always on the search for Mobile Application Developers.
13. AR/VR Technology Development
AR/VR technologies stands for artificial or virtual reality technologies. This genre of technology has gained enormous popularity in recent years. Through this technology, it is possible to stimulate reality through virtual means such as a VR headset or an AR environment.
Such technologies are intensively used by doctors, pilots, and more to practice critical tasks and gain perfection, before implementing them in real life. These technologies are also used for entertainment such as video-games and movies. The growing utility and uses of this technology has prompted employers to hire experts of this field at an increasing rate.
14. Content Creation
In colloquial terms, content creation simply stands for creating contents. But in the contemporary world, content creation mostly refers to digital contents created by individuals for the purpose of entertainment, advertisements, promotions or any other causes.
Content creation is a lucrative field that has attained huge popularity due to social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and video sharing platforms such as YouTube, Vine and more. Employers always seek content creation for the purpose of advertisements, affiliate marketing, and more. Furthermore, content creation itself is a great source of self-employment due to the enormous opportunities that it holds.
15. Web Development
Thus, derived from the increasing demand for websites, web developers, that is, the people who build these websites are also in high demand for employers, and this trend of demand is only expected to rise in the future as well.
Attaining the aforementioned skills can aid an individual to become an invaluable asset to the company. Given that only a few people can do the same tasks, it makes them irreplaceable too.