The tech job market has made a rapid recovery post pandemic seeing over 43,200 jobs added from March to May 2022. As job growth exceeds even pre-pandemic levels, firms are struggling to find qualified individuals to fill their IT roles. With 115,000 current job postings across the United States and a median wage at 96,667 USD in early 2022, the industry is certainly lucrative for prospective candidates. The extensive tech staffing shortage and high wages provide candidates with a unique opportunity to advance their careers by learning new IT skills.
Below we outline some of the most in-demand tech skills for 2022.
A developer’s foundation lies in their knowledge of various coding languages. As technologies change, it’s important to stay up to date with the most useful and relevant language to remain a leader in the industry.
Python: Python is another popular language. Its simplicity and versatility give it a wide range of uses, including AI and machine learning, data analytics, web development, and SEO. While it is simple to add Python to a developer’s toolkit, it is not something to be overlooked, as over 50% of hiring managers are seeking candidates with these skills. Python’s easy transfer to innovative technologies makes it a hot language to know while protecting its ubiquity in our age of rapid advancements.
It is important to note that learning these languages provides developers with another invaluable skill: aptitude. Those who have become developers through Momentum’s courses have shared that one of their most significant takeaways was a core understanding of how to learn new platforms. While the aforementioned skills are here to stay, they will certainly evolve and require developers to consistently learn–a necessity for which Momentum’s students become well prepared.
In a post-pandemic world where many work environments are hybrid or fully remote, it is important for prospective hires to be able to connect and solve technical issues virtually. While it is obvious that an individual employed in IT should be proficient in technology, the necessity for soft skills extends beyond technical skill. Project management, delegation, and presentation abilities can make the difference in receiving a job offer, promotion, project success, or not. It is important for individuals to practice their interpersonal skills alongside their technical knowledge base. Working remotely or with someone who is miles away can be difficult, which is why these abilities are even more valuable to firms today.
Participating in a learning course that facilitates group environments, presentations, and project lead training is vital to future success as both an individual and as a firm to upskill the talent of current employees.
Prioritizing Upskilling and Reskilling
The competition for top talent in the tech industry has been ramping up steadily post pandemic. Firms need to recruit and retain new hires for a range of IT roles, and one of the best ways to do that is through upskilling and reskilling. Upskilling is the practice of training and developing current employees to improve their skillsets. Perhaps even more importantly than improving employees’ skills, upskilling increases retention rates. This is vital in a time when IT staffing is facing a shortage and replacing an employee can cost thousands of dollars. In a similar vein, reskilling is the process of learning new skills at a company to move into a different role. This can help companies fill employment gaps with existing employees while employees expand their skillsets. Firms can use corporate training services for both upskilling and reskilling to truly stay ahead of competition in the tech sector.