Top 6 Technology Skills in High Demand in 2022

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 Today technology has infiltrated every industry so much that IT jobs and skills are the most in demand skills across the board. With constant churn in the tech industry, it becomes pertinent that you upskill yourself and keep up with the rapid changes to stay afloat and relevant in the industry. In this blog we discuss top 6 technology skills that you should upskill yourself to, this year.

What Are Technology/Technical Skills?

Before we ease into the top 6 technologies that will make you relevant in today’s industry, let’s discuss what the terms like technology or technical skills actually mean.

Technology has evolved over the years as a result of human ingenuity, his need to make mundane tasks easier, quicker and more efficient. Over the decades of industrial revolution this has evolved into an industry of its own, where the use of machines facilitates most of the tasks carried out in any business. Businesses started offering their expertise in using these machines to help other businesses achieve higher productivity. This expertise in using a non-intelligent machine like a computing device, or a network of such devices is what we call a technical skill. These skills have further branched out into skills in hardware and skills in software technology.

Hardware technology is mostly to do with the devices that enable communication or interaction between a human and a computing device or among two or more computing devices. It is technology at a physical level, those machines that you can see, touch and feel. Hardware devices like display units, processors, network switches, keyboard, mouse and the like. Skills in this domain are mostly related to devices that enable communication between two devices or more, basically networks. Networking, distributed computing, data centre architecting are some of the in demand skills in this sector.

Software technology is something to do with running tasks on the hardware machines. Actual real world tasks are lifted and shifted to the digital form. A great example is that of the transition of written communication in the form of letters to the digital form of emails. Skills in this domain include analytical, programming and design and tech management skills.

How to Build Technology Skills?

Before we step into how to build tech skills, let’s answer the question, why are technical skills important? Industry today is driven by machines, machines that have taken over manual work. It is akin to wearing a power suite a la Iron Man. Industry knowledge has blended with technology so much that we now talk of any industry in mostly technical terms. For a human resource to be productive enough, they should possess these technical skills that help him/her interface with machines and carry out real world business tasks efficiently and stay relevant at work place.

So how to build these tech skills? Technology skill today is synonymous with software skills like network programming, software development, cloud computing and the like. Technology skills unfortunately cannot be gained overnight. Sound knowledge of computing concepts is required before you take the plunge. With the proliferation of technical courses online, this has become easier than ever before. A good technical course will always build you up on core basics of computing before pushing you through advanced technical skills. If you are just starting into this field, look for courses that emphasise on building foundational skills. If you have the basics right, navigating advanced topics becomes easier.

You can pick up technical skills from the comfort of your home or office. Online education material or live virtual classes, allow you to upskill anytime from anywhere. Virtual machines, simulators and online programming environments are also available to help you build and test small applications that validate the skills you have picked up.

For those who prefer the traditional setup, there are classroom trainings also available for a one to one learning support.

Examples of Technology Skills

Technology skills differ from industry to industry. Now that is obvious, isn’t it? Let’s look at some examples of technology skills in various industries.

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

Programming skills and knowledge of programming languages like Python, Java, JavaScript and in some cases C and C++ count as technology skills in the software development industry. Software development also deals with data persistence or what we call databases. Skills in working with database technologies like relational databases, No SQL databases, cloud databases is also an important skill in the software development domain.

DATA ANALYTICS

Skills in tools that work on big data like Hadoop, Kafka, Flume along with programming skills in languages like Java or Scala make up for data analytics skills.
Knowledge of data analysis and spreadsheet based business intelligence tools like Excel, Tableau, Qlikview become relevant.

Data analysis also requires quite a bit of programming skills in languages like Python and R, which are well tuned to tasks related to data handling.

CLOUD COMPUTING

Cloud computing skills mostly translate to the knowledge of working with cloud tools that help enterprises to keep their internal and external services running over the internet. Skills in cloud computing suites like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Computing or Microsoft Azure become relevant.

In the sections that follow we shall list down the top 6 technology skills relevant in 2022 and elaborate on each one of these.

Top 6 Technology Skills in Demand in 2022

The technology skills that we mention below are essentially a grouping of technical skills that are relevant to a particular industry. In that sense these are skills sets that are important for your career progression.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning

The world is moving to machines that can do more than simplifying tasks. We are looking to replace humans with machines when it comes to repetitive mundane tasks. Machines are preferred over humans for various reasons like high availability, high productivity, error free work and more.
Technical skills in the Machine Learning domain mostly revolve around the ability to create mathematical models for real world problems and programming around these models. Artificial Intelligence in particular calls for skills in tools that enable seamless human and machine interaction.

Must have programming skills in this domain include Python, R, Java. A number of software libraries are available today that can be used in any one of these programming languages to develop custom built AI and ML applications.

Skills like Natural Language Processing in conjunction with programming languages like Python are essential to building or integrating a chatbot.

Data Science & Analytics

Data Scientist is one of the leading sought after positions today in the IT industry. Data Science is again mostly related to drawing mathematical and statistical models of real world problems. These models then can be built with programming languages like Python, R. Using these models, data scientists help businesses analyse the present and predict the future. Data Science and analytics help the management of any business, with rational decision making.

Data Science and Analytics skills start from basic business intelligence tools like Excel, Power BI or Tableau and go all the way up to tools like SAS, Apache Spark, Scikit-Learn or TensorFlow.

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is a rapidly emerging field with due importance being given to protecting digital business like business critical intellectual property. The essential skills in Cybersecurity include tools that enable, Data Security, Network Security, Threat assessment, Cloud security, Identity management, Endpoint Security. While programming skills take a back seat here, it is good to have skill when integrating various security tools with application software.

Some of the top cybersecurity tools are Wireshark, John the Ripper, Nexpose, Kali Linux,
TCPDump,Bitdefender among many others. Experience is using these tools to ensure security at a network as well as endpoint level is essential.

Cloud Computing

Virtually the entire business world is moving to the cloud. This will be the future destination for all businesses. Cloud computing demands a mixed bag of skills from Networking, Distributed computing, Cybersecurity and Cloud infrastructure domains.

Private cloud players like AWS and Google Cloud have become so omnipresent that skills in these technologies are indispensable. You will be in demand if you are certified as a cloud computing practitioner, associate or architect by either AWS, Google Cloud or Microsoft Azure.
Cloud environments like AWS, Google Cloud or Microsoft Azure build on your networking and network security skills by offering cloud infrastructure along with tools to build, manage and secure these virtual assets.

Programming skills here will allow you to help customise these cloud tools as per your business solution requirements.

Robotic Process Automation as the name suggests is the robotization of mundane and repetitive business tasks and entire operations, particularly that involve very less cognitive abilities.Programming is one essential skill required in RPA. In fact the role is actually a developer role, which does not involve software development but involves writing code that helps create interfaces between various business applications and automate frequent tasks.In most cases, RPA involves design and coding within an automation software also called RPA bots. Programming skills in Java, JavaScript, Visual Basic, Python and experience of tools like UIPath, Blue Prism or Pega is essential for any RPA developer.

Technical Program Management

With accelerated adoption of technology and the rapid churn in use of technology in business, a need for program management professionals with technical skills arose. Technical program managers are essentially project managers with a technical spin. Technical Program managers oversee every aspect of a program or a project. From defining program goals and requirements to approving test results of the final product, a technical program manager like a project manager provides direction, schedules resources and timelines and works with engineering to design and establish product architecture for businesses.

This calls for knowledge of technical skills like programming,cybersecurity, IT and networking, and cloud computing. Technical Program managers also need to possess people management and project management skills.

How can Connecttel Help?

ConnectTel is in the business of finding the right talent for companies. ConnectTel takes the overbearing burden of finding human resources with the right skill set and lets companies focus on their core business. We specialise in IT jobs, helping businesses build and ramp up their technical staffing. We help build entire teams with the right set of skills in the technology that best suits their business.

We at ConnectTel will also help you as a candidate to acquire most sought after technical skills and forward your candidature to leading enterprises with global reach.

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