Are you switching careers to tech?
Are you planning to travel out and thinking of relevant tech skills to acquire?
Do you have basic computer skills but needed something more in order to get a high-paying job or promotion at work?
Or do you just want to explore tech to complement your current career?
Here are the top skills you can choose from.
1. Software Development/ Engineering
A software developer is someone who writes programs (step-by-step instructions on a computer) to build an application (software) that solves a specific problem. It could be creating accounting software, a school management system, a hotel booking platform and more. The websites you visit like youtube, Facebook, and Jumia are examples of software built by programmers.
It is a skill that is in high demand globally with a high salary. It can be faster to get a job as a software developer compared to other skills as you can easily monetize the skill on a freelancing platform, work for a one-man business or build your own software and get people to pay to use it or sell it to organizations.
Having software development skills can help you adapt to other areas of tech with ease. However, it is not for everyone. To know if software development is a good career for you, a software developer needs to have the following abilities
- Strong logical and critical thinking. Writing programs requires lots of logic and telling the computer what to do at each instance. Being able to break down complex problems into smaller, more manageable pieces is an essential skill a software developer must possess.
- Troubleshooting. You should be someone who is comfortable checking the reason why something is not working and researching possible solutions online.
- Take the initiative. You may be required to add new features to the software. As such, you need to be able to use what you already know to come up with possible ways to create the needed feature.
- Persistence: Developing software can be a complex and time-consuming process, and it’s important for software developers to be able to stick with it and see projects through to completion.
- Adaptability: The field of software development is constantly evolving, and software developers need to be able to adapt and learn new technologies and techniques.
2. Data Analyst/ Data Science
Data analysts are those who take the record of an organization (data) and analyze it to extract valuable information that can help the company make better decisions.
Eg. A company may want to know which product is bringing the highest revenue or the customer that is giving them the most profit and more. All these are and more achieved through data analysis. With machine learning, you can even predict who should be hired by a company, those that qualify for loans without talking to them one on one. This is what is used to recommend movies on youtube and Netflix, related product recommendations on Amazon and more.
Data analyst jobs may not be as much as software in Nigeria, however, it is in high demand abroad as they need people to help them make sense of their data. As a data analyst, you can work in any industry. Be it finance, health, education, government and more.
To know if data analysis is for you, a data analyst needs to possess the following
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills: Data analysts need to be able to identify patterns and trends in data and use that information to solve problems.
- Familiarity with statistical analysis: A strong understanding of statistical concepts and techniques is important for data analysts to be able to draw accurate conclusions from data. Even though there are libraries that will do the calculation for you, you need to be comfortable working with data.
- Curiosity: Data analysts should have a natural curiosity and desire to explore and understand data.
- Familiarity with programming languages: Knowledge of programming languages such as Python and SQL can be helpful for data analysts to be able to work with and analyze data.
- Strong communication skills: You need to be able to present complex data in a clear and concise manner, both orally and in writing to clients, management or stakeholder.
3. DevOps/ Cloud computing
DevOps engineer is someone who takes software that was built by the programmer and moves it to a server so people can have access to it from anywhere in the world. Just like you are able to access Facebook, Youtube, Linkedin and other platforms with little or no downtime. Also, they ensure these processes are automated so they dont have to manually do them again and again.
Having programming knowledge can be helpful but not a must to get started.
DevOps engineers are scarce as such they pay them well abroad.
A DevOps engineer needs to have the following abilities
- Troubleshooting and problem-solving skills: DevOps engineers need to be able to identify and troubleshoot problems quickly and effectively.
- Adaptability: The field of DevOps is constantly evolving, and DevOps engineers need to be able to adapt and learn new technologies and techniques.
- Attention to detail: DevOps requires a high level of attention to detail, as even small mistakes can have significant consequences.
- Collaborative mindset: DevOps requires close collaboration between development and operations teams, and DevOps engineers need to be able to work well in a team environment.
- Automation skills: DevOps emphasizes automation, and DevOps engineers should be skilled at using tools and processes to automate tasks.
4. UX Designer/ Product Design
Those who don’t like writing codes (programming), can consider UX design as an option. They are responsible for coming up with the concept of how a website or mobile app should be designed. The colours to use, how information is arranged and the overall user experience. The software developer can take the design and turn it into code so it can function as software.
To thrive in UX as a career, you need the following
- Creativity: UX designers need to be able to come up with creative design solutions that are both functional and visually appealing. They need to have a strong appeal for beauty, and how things are arranged.
- Empathy: UX designers should have a strong ability to understand and relate to the needs and goals of users.
- Attention to detail: UX design requires a high level of attention to detail, as even small design elements can have a big impact on the user experience.
5. Digital Marketing Specialist
This is another tech skill that doesnt require programming. Every business needs to make more sales, as such, a digital marketer is needed to help promote software, websites, and mobile app that has been built by the programmer.
To excel as a digital marketer, you need
- Passion for marketing and technology: A genuine interest in marketing and technology is essential for a career in digital marketing.
- Creativity: Digital marketers often need to come up with new and innovative ideas for campaigns and content.
- Good communication skills: Digital marketers need to be able to effectively communicate their ideas and the value of their work to both internal and external stakeholders.
- Organizational skills: Managing multiple projects and campaigns at the same time requires strong organizational skills.
Other skills include
- Cyber Security Engineer
- Mobile App developer
- Business Analyst
- Product Manager
- Blockchain Engineer
- Machine Learning/ Artificial intelligence
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