Navigating the rapidly evolving IT landscape requires IT contractors to continually update their skillsets with the most in-demand expertise to secure lucrative opportunities.
So as the year rapidly comes to an end, we thought it’d be a good idea to take a look at the IT skills that are expected to be in high demand next year.
Acquiring expertise and practical experience in these skills is bound to propel your IT career forward in 2024.
The Top 10 In-Demand IT Skills to Have in 2024
Cloud computing is a rapidly growing industry, and there is a high demand for cloud-skilled professionals. If you have experience with cloud platforms like AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform, you will be in high demand.
Web development is another rapidly growing industry, and there is a high demand for web developers. If you have experience with web development frameworks like React, Angular, or Vue.js, you’ll want to brush up on your interviewing skills.
Data Science and Analytics
Data science skills are in high demand, with a projected growth of 27.9% by 2026, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, making it one of the fastest-growing job roles.
Because it’s the most widely used programming language in the field, Python is again a top skill to know. Others include R, Tableau, and Power BI.
DevOps and Automation
DevOps and automation are becoming increasingly important because they are proving to deliver faster software releases, fewer errors, and lower costs. The in-demand DevOps tools include Jenkins, Spinnaker, Ansible, and Puppet.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
RPA, also known as software robotics, uses intelligent automation technologies to perform repetitive office tasks, like filling in forms and completing routine analyses and reports. The tools associated with this relatively new technology are UiPath, Automation Anywhere, and Blue Prism.
As we’ve discussed in recent weeks, cybersecurity is a paramount concern for IT leaders and should continue to be a clear focus. As cyberattacks become more sophisticated, organizations will be seeking cybersecurity experts skilled in firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and penetration testing tools.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning
AI and machine learning skills will continue to be sought after by employers in 2024. Some of the most significant AI technologies in the coming year will deal with deep learning, natural language processing, and computer vision.
Project management is always in demand, and there are many different project management methodologies, such as Waterfall, Agile and Scrum. Knowledge of those as well as PM tools like Trello and Jira will help you land a job.
UX design is important because it makes products easy to use, enjoyable, and efficient, which helps lead to increased customer satisfaction, loyalty, and sales. Some of the top UX design tools that are sure to be in-demand will be Sketch, Invision Freehand, and Axure RP.
In addition to these technical skills, it is also important to have strong soft skills, such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving. Soft skills are becoming increasingly important in today’s IT world, as employers are looking for employees who can work effectively with others and who can think creatively to solve problems.