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Top Tech Skills To Have By 2021

Top Tech Skills To Have By 2021

Technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, and with each new year, comes the latest, most in-demand tech skills. On one hand, there are businesses looking to recruit the and professionals are focusing on skills that can help or land the perfect tech role. Having the right skills can help candidates secure the most rewarding roles, therefore it’s essential to invest in acquiring the right skills. Get ahead of the competition and stand out from the crowd by learning the most in-demand IT and tech skills for 2020.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI & ML)

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning have both become synonymous with innovation, and our data show that’s more than just buzz. Hiring growth for this role has grown 74% annually in the past 4 years and encompasses a few different titles within the space that all have a very specific set of skills despite being spread across industries, including artificial intelligence and machine learning engineer. Artificial intelligence has had a great impact on the top technological developments, and for quite a few years, too. AI can perform these tasks more quickly and accurately than a human. ML and AI will offer organizations unprecedented insight into their competitive landscape, current performance, and allocation of resources. And, in effect, marketers can use these insights to dramatically improve performance, along with many others.

Skills unique to the job: Machine Learning, Deep Learning, TensorFlow, Python, Natural Language Processing

Top industries hiring this talent: Computer Software, Internet, Information Technology & Services, Higher Education, Consumer Electronics


Automation is an industry on fire. UiPath, one of the most popular solutions, was just valued at $7 billion, and the industry as a whole is projected to continue this upward momentum. Careers in automation can vary greatly between software and hardware roles, and our data shows engineers working on both virtual and physical bots are on the rise.

Skills unique to the job: Robotic Process Automation, UiPath, Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere, Robotics

Top industries hiring this talent: Information Technology & Services, Industrial Automation, Computer Software, Financial Services, Automotive

Data Scientist

Data science is another field that has topped the Emerging Jobs list for three years running. It’s a specialty that’s continuing to grow significantly across all industries. Our data indicates some of this growth can likely be attributed to the evolution of previously existing jobs, like Statisticians, and increased emphasis on data in academic research.

Skills unique to the job: Machine Learning, Data Science, Python, R, Apache Spark

Top industries hiring this talent: Information Technology & Services, Computer Software, Internet, Financial Services, Higher Education

Data Engineer

Data has quickly become every company’s most valuable resource, and they need savvy engineers that can build infrastructure to keep it organized. The hiring growth rate of professionals in this emerging job has increased by nearly 35% since 2015, and industries from Retail to Automotive are snapping up this hard-to-hire talent. Interestingly, Amazon Web Services has emerged as one of the top skills held by Data Engineers, something that didn’t show up in our analysis of professionals who held this role in 2015.

Skills unique to the job: Apache Spark, Hadoop, Python, Extract/Transform/Load (ETL), Amazon Web Services

Top industries hiring this talent: Information Technology & Services, Internet, Computer Software, Financial Services, Hospital & Health Care

Cybersecurity Specialist

It’s no secret that cybersecurity is top of mind for every company, something that’s made more apparent by the addition of Cybersecurity Specialist to this year’s Emerging Jobs list. The growth and importance of this role are likely to continue as reports show data breaches have increased more than 50% in 2019 over this time last year. And it looks like Washington is taking note, as a large number of available jobs are in D.C. and the surrounding area.

Skills unique to the job: Cybersecurity, Information Security, Network Security, Vulnerability Assessment

Top industries hiring this talent: Information Technology & Services, Defense & Space, Computer Network & Security, Management Consulting, Financial Services

Cloud Engineer

Cloud computing changed the game for companies that wanted to build products without needing their own servers, and every year the cloud gets bigger. Cloud Engineers will likely be a continuing need across the country in all industries.

Skills unique to the job: Amazon Web Services, Cloud Computing, Docker Products, Ansible, Jenkins

Top industries hiring this talent: Information Technology & Services, Computer Software, Financial Services, Internet, Telecommunications


IT, in general, can be really competitive for candidates, however, one of the fields within IT is IoT, which has room for a lot more developers. IoT is still one of the growing sectors of the tech world. According to, IoT is still yet to reach its full potential as there is a lack of skilled individuals in the field. This makes IoT skills high in demand for 2020.

Skills unique to the job: BI, UI/UX, Hardware Interfacing, IP Networking, Automation, Design for Data, ML/AI

Top industries hiring this talent: Smart Appliances, Transportation, Wearables, Healthcare Devices, Energy

Edge Computing

Edge computing is computing that’s done at or near the source of the data, instead of relying on the cloud at one of a dozen data centers to do all the work. It doesn’t mean the cloud will disappear. It means the cloud is coming to you. The Edge is not replacing the Cloud, but, enhancing it significantly. If you want to store large scale data and online processes, virtual servers will still be the way to go. But if you want to build a responsive solution with reduced latency, supplement it with Edge processing to make it faster and more reliable.

Skills unique to the job: System design, Networking, Database expertise, Security

Top industries hiring this talent: – Manufacturing, Retail, Healthcare, Energy, Financial Services, Logistics

Major tech organizations will continue to evolve, and so will be trending tech skills. Hence, it allows you the opportunity to thrive and develop your skills at all times. The skills we mentioned above are in demand and relatively new, therefore if you want to widen your chances of securing the deciding roles, then you should focus on learning one or more allied skills.