Top 10 hard skills that employers will be looking for in 2022

Top 10 hard skills that employers will be looking for in 2022

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1. Technical literacy (high level IT)

High level IT skills are those that include sound knowledge of using specialised computer software or equipment.   I have listed some below, but we will look at others as we go through each skills area: – CAD (Computer-aided design) – Lean Manufacturing – Multivariant Analysis – CRM (Customer relationship management)

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1. Technical literacy (high level IT)

– STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills – HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) – CSS (Cascading Style Sheet)

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2. Data Analytics & Data Science

Whereas the data analyst makes sense of existing data, the data scientist role is slightly different because it is they who find new ways to capture the data that analysts work on.   By collecting, evaluating and processing business data, analysts and scientists’ roles alike allow valuable insight to company performance.  

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2. Data Analytics & Data Science

With strong programming knowledge added to finely tuned analytical skills, data analysts and scientists can solve many problems and issues.   They are of real value to any employer.  So, if you are good at figures and programming, data science could be the perfect career.

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3. Cyber Security

Cyber security is a very sought-after hard skill and one that is not going to lessen in demand any time soon.   As more and more businesses spread their data through different networks, so more hackers relentlessly try to breach these networks.  Cyber security skills therefore are very much here to stay.

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4. Cloud Computing

Remote servers such as Google Drive or Dropbox are now increasingly popular with businesses and private users alike.   Cloud engineers must be tech-savvy as they are responsible for the technical structure and design of the user interface.  They plan, manage and maintain cloud infrastructure.  If you are looking to get into 

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4. Cloud Computing

cloud computing, you need to have a strong knowledge of web services, application programming interface (API), It, data Security and Data Migration.

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5. Web Development

A web developer designs and develops web applications.  They are the architects who create the site and then take care of any further developments, maintenance and on-going optimisations as necessary.   They also develop software solutions to issues.  So, if you are looking to get into web development and design you 

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5. Web Development

will need a good understanding of coding and programming.  Have a look at courses such as: – Python – JavaScript – SQL (Structured Query Language) – C# (pronounced C-Sharp) – C++ – JavaScript – Power BI – HTML

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6. UX Design (User Experience)

User Experience (UX) designers research how users behave and interact with products.   Once they have gathered this information, they will design interactive prototypes and test them with users which allows them to provide the best possible user experience.  The UX designer creates digital services that make for 

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6. UX Design (User Experience)

convenience and ease of usage for the customer.  With the increasing number of websites and apps, UX designers are very much in demand.  To get into the field of UX design you will need to have a solid foundation in user research, prototyping and information architecture.

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7. Marketing skills

Marketing skills are most valuable to those who wish to work in social media, advertising, e-commerce or product management areas.   You need a general knowledge of sales, advertising and consumer research as well as some quite highly technical digital skills if you wish to pursue this kind of career.  The most relevant skills for 

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7. Marketing skills

marketing are analytics, data visualisation, campaign management, content creation, data-driven marketing.

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8. Project Management

You might not necessarily want to pursue a career in project management but that is not to say that you would not benefit from such training.  To have project management skills would be a feather in your cap in any environment.  It shows you can coordinate people and tasks and that you have a knowledge of certain 

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8. Project Management

project management frameworks and software.

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9. Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly popular as an approach to problem-solving for large and small businesses.   Companies such as Amazon use AI for demand forecasting; machine learning algorithms estimate potential orders, so costs and storage are reduced.  This brings savings for the customer. There are new

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9. Artificial Intelligence (AI)

fields of AI applications constantly evolving such as facial recognition software and self-driving cars, so creativity is an essential soft skill.  In terms of hard skills to be an AI professional would require a Batchelor’s degree in computer science, IT, maths, statistics and finances. You would also need a solid foundation in such areas as software design and programming.

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10. Graphic Design skills

If you are a skilled illustrator and have the ability to create professional and polished visuals, then graphic design may suit your career aspirations.  Below is a list of graphic design skills that employers are looking for now (and will be even more so in 2022): – Adobe Photoshop – Adobe Illustrator

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10. Graphic Design skills

– Adobe InDesign – UX design – Data visualization

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