It’s early in the new year, and for most employees, this is the time to focus on setting goals in order to start off on the right footing. For the many employees who rate skills higher than job titles, the beginning of the year comes with a considerable spike in their interest in gaining new expertise.
However, with more than 50,000 skills to choose from, one may face uncertainty concerning what may be essential in boosting one’s career growth. So to make things a lot easier for you, LinkedIn identified the following — based on data from company job postings; as the 10 most-needed hard skills in 2019:
1. Cloud computing
Companies are increasingly adopting cloud computing, and with that comes the need for engineers to help with cloud initiatives.
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2. Artificial Intelligence (AI)
In one form or the other, AI has a presence in almost every industry. And since it is the future, there’s more of it in store for 2019.
3. Analytical reasoning
With companies now collecting more data than they’d done before, there’s the need for professionals who can draw business insights based on the collected information.
4. People management
In modern times, companies increasingly want their leaders to be able to coach and empower employees, as against the “command-and-control” model used in the past. And as this skill set is difficult to master, having it puts a candidate at a greater advantage.
5. UX design
For a digital world to work for humans, there’s the need for UX design, creating a high demand for people with this professional skill.
6. Mobile application development
As companies continue to optimize their platforms for mobile, this is one of the skills that has great value for the individual.
7. Video production
Video content creation is rising, and as streaming represents 70% of all consumer internet traffic, demand for video production is rapidly growing.
8. Sales leadership
This is one of the skills that has high value because while sales skills are always in demand, it is increasingly becoming difficult to find strong sales leaders.
Language remains one of the last barriers in a globally connected world, and translation skills are essential in helping break it down.
10. Audio production
There’s been a spike in interest for podcasts and other digital audio formats, along with video — as stated earlier in the article.
These are the main skills LinkedIn identifies; together with soft skills such as creativity, persuasion, and collaboration — as the most sought after for the year 2019 and certainly, beyond.