The Evolving Skills Required of IT Experts in 2019

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Caption: Do you have what it takes to work in the IT world in 2019 and beyond?

Whether you have always dreamed of a career in IT, or you want to change fields and immerse yourself in tech, it is a good idea to do some research and discover the key skills in demand by the biggest tech organizations in 2019 and beyond. The beauty of the fast-moving IT world is that it is fast becoming an increasingly broad field. There are so many fascinating directions you can head in — providing you have at least one of the following skills, of course.


Machine Learning and AI

You only have to look at the impact of phenomena such as Alexa and Siri to see that machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) now play a key role in almost every single industry. In fact, three-fifths (61 percent) of all organizations now make machine learning and AI a top data priority in 2019, according to an article on the International Data Corporation’s estimates. Global spending on machine learning and AI is due to hit $57.6 billion by 2021, so it is evident why it would pay to develop your machine learning skills.


HTML5 Coding

HTML5 has been the latest version of the hypertext mark-up language for more than four years, and it shows no signs of slowing up in demand. HTML5 has usurped the likes of Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight by allowing websites to offer cross-platform user experiences, regardless of screen size or viewing device. HTML5 powers all the in-browser media for you, without the need for third-party plug-ins that drain resources. Responsive HTML5 code has proven especially popular in the iGaming industry where in-browser gaming has become rife, without the need for native mobile apps. Even burgeoning casinos that accept Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies now adopt HTML5 technology to offer cross-platform gaming using digital currencies.


Data Engineering

Data engineering differs to data science in so much as that the latter cannot exist without the former. A data engineer is a tech professional with the capabilities to design and build infrastructure and any relevant tools that data scientists can utilize to manipulate data for their own studies. After all, a data scientist is only as good as the data they have access to, so data engineers are as, if not more important, than data scientists. Think of data engineering more like software engineering — it’s a chance to architect real-world solutions based on big data. To kick-start a career in data engineering, you require a solid understanding of cloud technology and SQL (of any flavor).


UI or UX Design

According to a recent survey by Adobe, 87 percent of business managers make it a priority to employ more UX designers for their company. Such accompanies the fact that the concept of user experience (UX) has grown hugely in the last few years. Now, there are tens of thousands of UX designer jobs in the United States and even more in Europe, and you can see why when you know what they do. UX designers take the time to investigate the nuts and bolts of how a webpage or app works, testing every single element of a user experience. UX is especially important to companies in congested industries where competition is unsurprisingly fierce. Websites that deliver a poor user experience can be an instant turnoff, especially for the millennial demographic. That’s why brands increasingly invest in UX design to maintain their reputation and integrity. If you consider yourself to be analytical, i.e., someone comfortable with A/B testing, then this could be a role for you.


Blockchain Programming

The infrastructure that originally came about exclusively for the original cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, has fast evolved with other beneficial uses across a host of industries. The blockchain has already been mooted as one of, if not the biggest, technological developments of this decade. The decentralized nature of blockchain tech is what appeals most to industries, creating autonomous and immutable environments, free from the prying eyes of cyber-criminals. Ethereum’s blockchain is one of the most popular for decentralized applications, known as DApps. Companies increasingly seek DApp developers who understand the blockchain and the concept of smart contracts to build and program new ones. You’ll need key skills in programming (Java, JavaScript, C++, Python and many more) as well as cryptography computing and database design.

Any of these five rapidly-evolving IT skills are sure to set you on the right path to an enriching tech career in 2019 and beyond. Ultimately, it comes down to choosing a skill and an industry that suits your interests and personality best.

 

 

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