It’s no secret that new technologies are changing the way we work. Businesses are navigating more automation and AI in their processes, the value of digital data is greater than ever before and a return to hiring those with traditional soft skills – like creativity and critical thinking – is assisting the expansion and application of new digital developments.
Sure there might be more competition (because, robots), but with the demand for rising STEM skills in the Asian-Pacific region three times that of the talent base, there’s still opportunity to get skilled up and land some seriously impressive gigs.
According to LinkedIn’s Future Skills report, the following five tech-dominated skill categories are what employers should be looking for when making hires. And with 80 per cent of CEOs worried about the availability of them, they’re careers worth looking in to.
1. Social skills
… as in Facebook/Instagram/Twitter marketing smarts. Anyone who can help aid in the promotion of products/services and brand awareness through social platforms is a winner in an employer’s eyes. There are now a stack of jobs where being on FB all day is mandatory.
Career opportunities: Digital marketing specialist, marketing manager, social media marketing specialist
2. Being able to automate manual processes
Nope, robots aren’t going to take all our jobs. Big businesses still need humans to create, expand and maintain new in-house digital developments. If you’re a software, coding or engineering whizz who speaks HTML, you’re in.
Career opportunities: Consultant, project manager, software engineer
3. Human-centred design smarts
Being a designer in 2019 isn’t just about making something look good. Companies are crying out for those who can create user-friendly experiences – think app usability and interface design – with a deep understanding of how and why we use things the way we do.
Career opportunities: Graphics designer, product designer, user experience designer
4. The ability to convert data into ‘stuff’ to build ‘things’
We make it sounds simple, but replace stuff with ‘graphical interface’ and things with ‘websites and web apps’ and you’ve got one seriously complex skill. Having anyone fluent in data on staff is game-changing to any business – they can literally create ideas, products and platforms from scratch.
Career opportunities: Front end developer, full stack engineer, web developer
5. Knowing how to detect – and solve – digital problems
Detecting digital problems – and working out how the heck to fix them – has come a long since traditional troubleshooting roles ruled the IT department. Brands are seeking specialists fluent in code to detect problems continuously.
Career opportunities: DevOps engineer, full stack engineer, software engineer
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Author: Cassie Steel
As Refraction’s digital editor, Cassie Steel spends her days researching robots and stalking famous scientists on Twitter.