These 6 Tech Skills Will Help You Earn More In 2017

Competition has risen to new levels with certain skills seeing an increase in-demand. In today’s age, technology jobs are profitable, as businesses are willing to pay a premium to those having technical skills.

So, if you are looking to bring home a bigger paycheck in 2017, you can do so if you are fluent in one or more of the following tech skills given below. If you are not, don’t worry it’s never too late to learn.

1. Cybersecurity

A company can lose the trust of its consumers, if it does not have robust systems in place that can lead to information theft due to lack of security. Therefore, cybersecurity will always be one of those “evergreen” skills that will always be needed.

2. Mobile development

With the increase in use of smartphones and tablets, companies are looking to explore implementing apps and mobile-friendly websites that will allow customers and users to have access on the go. As a result, mobile development (developing mobile apps for iOS and Android) will be in high demand for the likely future.

Important skills include cross-platform development ability so that apps can be launched for various kinds of devices, UX and UI know-how, and fluency with agile methodologies, which are common in the mobile app industry.

3. Cloud and distributed computing

As more and more computing processes are taking place in the cloud, the concept of on-device software and storage may soon in the likely future become a passé. Several companies these days prefer distributed computing, which allows multiple computers to network with one another to solve a task (and, unlike the cloud, gives companies control over the actual hardware involved). Cloud computing and distributed computing are often grouped together, as several skills involving the two are connected.

Skills to learn include programming languages like Ruby, JavaScript, and Python for building cloud-based applications, SQL for database management, and DevOps (a software development system popular in the cloud computing field). Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services are some of the specific in-demand programs.

4. Data science

Big data is the ruler and the industry has been preparing up to this for the past many years. Companies are screaming for employees who can take huge amounts of information and study them for insights.

On the concrete skills front, R is the language of choice for statistical analysis and visualization that you can learn right now. Pay for R-related jobs has increased by 9.7% over the past year, according to Dice. Another extremely useful programming language that one can learn for analytics is SAS. Having knowledge of Cassandra databases is an added bonus as well.

5. Data visualization

Data visualization is a quick way to convey complex concepts into easy-to-understand visual communication that can be understood universally. This goes hand in hand with analytics and other data skills because once data is collected and organized; it needs to be presented in a way everyone can understand. This basically involves using diagrams, text, and symbols to create “data models” that explain how data is related to each other.

6. User interface design

User interface design (UI) is the design of user interfaces for machines and software, such as computers, home appliances, mobile devices, and other electronic devices, with the focus on maximizing usability and the user experience. The aim of user interface design is to make the user’s interaction as simple and efficient as possible, with the end goal of creating a pleasant and efficient user experience.

The role of a UI expert involves expecting user needs, studying audiences and the tasks they will be completing, creating and refining prototypes, and more. Front-end web development (CSS at bare minimum), graphic design, and soft skills like communication are  some of the skills that are needed.