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Fisher warns that anyone can experience such rapid changes, even those who currently do not plan to change their occupation. Proficient specialists can be easily sidelined by prospective entry-level employees unless they keep up with the latest trends.
A real finding for college graduates was that they can get a well-paid job even if it’s not related to their major. Some most perspective job fields like IT, marketing and “blue color” jobs, require skills that you can get through self-education and practice. These top professionals have already surpassed lawyers, medical specialists, and economists in their level of demand.
The conclusion is easy - do not relax. Employers want you to be current that’s why they appreciate a willingness to learn and develop their skills. Knowing which skills employers would be looking for in 2018 is the first step to remain a demanded employee in the job market.
We collected 17 most expected hard and soft skills from different sources that will stay in demand at least for 2018. Read and remember!
13 Most in Demand Tech Skills for 2018 (Based on research of 13 members of Forbes Technology Council)
1. Experience with Artificial Intelligence
2. Skills To Develop AR (Augmented Reality) Apps
3. Data Analysis
4. Mobile App Development Skills
5. Skills To Ensure Cybersecurity
6. Experience with cloud SaaS (Software as a Service)
7. Ability to Adapt to New Technologies
8. Coding and Engineering skills
9. Applied Machine Learning
10. Multi-language Programming
11. Data Analytics Skills
12. Cross-Team Functionality and Communication
13. Digital Transformation
According to Fisher, the top number 1 skill in 2018 will be cloud computing. “These skills are of enormous demand because it’s the cutting edge of technology. I am sure most employers would want to have a person who is aware of cloud technologies, distributed computing, statistical analysis and data mining skills - it just helps to remain competitive.”
Another thing that employers would hunt this year is user interface designing skills. This trend follows is deeply connected to the first point. Data management has increased in demand, and interface designers must connect customers and technologies, in other words, make products understandable to users.
Of course, almost each of these skills is related to a prospective IT sphere. But there is a set of hard no-coding skills you will most likely need when working with a PC. This category includes Microsoft Word and Excel, email marketing, SEO/SEM and data representation through infographic, charts etc. Here is more information on how to make infographic.
4 Most in Demand Soft Skills for 2018
(Based on the LinkedIn survey of 2000 business leaders)
4. Time management
Clearly, an excellent set of hard skills is only necessary for “tech geeks.” But there is always a demand for interpersonal (soft) skills that identify you as a personality.
The LinkedIn survey discovered that 57% of business leaders say soft skills are more significant than hard skills. Among these respondents were the leaders of global companies, like Sheryl Sandberg, a chief operating officer of Facebook, and Eric Schmidt, a former Executive Chairman of Google.
Although the list of hard skills is 3 times longer, the following soft skills are harder to work on. Not everyone can boast of having excellent communication and leadership skills that are currently top 2 skills to be expected.
Aside from this list, we can look at what Isobel Hannan, head of Hays - a leading global professional recruiting group - states. She highlights the importance of having a great focus on customers, cultural and emotional intelligence, a willingness to learn as well as being curious about changes.
2018 is already in its full swing so hurry up to upgrade your skills and make a new step ahead in your career. Don’t forget about both soft and hard skills to be on your resume - they have an equal value for almost each job field.