How To Know If Your Skills Are Up-To-Date

By Artur Meyster

Technology is changing every aspect of the workforce. Automation and machine learning are becoming more advanced and the skills required by employees are going to morph dramatically. The full extent of this disruption is going to be hard to predict, but the skills that will be needed to survive in the future of work are visible today.

Every few years, it’s important to look at your skillset and to identify where you might be falling short and how you can rectify that situation by acquiring new skills. Fortunately, skills have never been easier to obtain than they are now. Here are some of the top new tech-skills that future employees will need.

Coding

Was there ever really any doubt that coding would be on this list? Coding and programming are perhaps the two earliest skills to have emerged that will be pertinent in the future of work. One study even mentioned how, by 2023, there is expected to be nearly 28 million software developers using coding on a daily basis.

The fact of the matter is that computers need humans to write the software that tells them what to do. As the number of computers in use rises, so too will the number of coders and programmers. Perhaps you were lucky and took coding classes at some point in your life. If you did, then congratulations because you already have the biggest skill needed for the future of work.

With that said, a majority of people still don’t even know what coding is or how to gain the skills necessary to become a coder. Fortunately, going back to college is not required and many coders are even self-taught. There are a number of online coding bootcamps that can give you the skills you need to land a future career in coding.

Analytics

Now, if you are an analytical person by nature then you already have a leg up on your competition. The rise in computers and the number of people surfing the Internet has also given rise to data. Ethical or not, companies use the data they find to make marketing and advertising decisions, but that requires human input via the interpretation of the data.

Becoming a data scientist requires a large number of skills that will be valuable to future employers, but the field is still relatively unknown. Take a look at what you do now. Data scientists use critical thinking, communication, statistics, and machine learning to make predictions about trends and influence advertising. If the work you do now uses any of those skills, then pursuing an online course in data science may help you to refine those skills for the future job market.

Unlike coding, data science used to require a master’s degree from an accredited university. With the prevalence of online learning, however, the skills can be picked up by anyone. Knowledge of machine learning will be one of the most in-demand skills and taking a few courses in data science can help prepare you with that information.

Regardless, data analytics is going to be one of the largest skills required in the future. Everything is going digital and people who can successfully interpret online trends will be more valuable than ever.

Web Development

You may not have any interest in computers whatsoever, but an irrefutable fact is that web development is going to grow exponentially as a field. As companies continue to move their services online, a trend accelerated due to Covid-19, they will require fluid and attractive websites to bring in new customers.

To see if you have the skills necessary to tackle this problem, examine what it takes to become a front end developer. As you may have guessed, coding skills are required. On top of that, however, they need to have knowledge of website frameworks or libraries and be aware of how to build them.

Web development is not an easy career by any means, but the skills required by employees in this profession are a good indication of what you may need to survive in the future job market.

Conclusion

Regardless of where you work or what you do, technology is disrupting every industry. Nothing will be left untouched and the skills required by employees are becoming far more tech-based. You don’t necessarily need to go back to school in order to gain these skills, but identifying them now will help you to see in what areas you can grow. Doing so will turn you into an asset for the future of work.

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Artur Meyster is a free-lance writer and can be reached at artur.meyster@careerkarma.co