Positioning Your Technology Skill Set for Success

By Jes­si­ca Mitsch ● November 30, 2020

To meet today’s job mar­ket and future work­place trends, it is impor­tant to align your career plan­ning and skill devel­op­ment with the large-scale shifts affect­ing how business gets done.

This year, busi­ness­es made piv­ots that are con­tribut­ing to short-term and long-term changes in the work­place. Busi­ness­es are focus­ing on adjust­ing tech oper­a­tions and strate­gies to posi­tion their orga­ni­za­tions for the future and jobs in tech­nol­o­gy play a sig­nif­i­cant role in those efforts. 

Lately it seems like every company is a tech company, which is a testament to the increased importance that technology operations have taken on in 2020. Even businesses that weren’t reliant on technology in the past have had to invest in ways to serve their customers or deliver their products virtually. And the demand for skilled technology professionals to fill those jobs is only expected to grow.

Businesses are focusing on adjusting tech operations and strategies to position their organizations for the future

When it comes to cul­ti­vat­ing skills for 2021 and beyond, experts say employ­ers will focus less on clearly-defined, traditional roles and more on employee’s skills. This will lead to an increase in hybridized roles that make use of an employee’s spe­cif­ic skills to enable orga­ni­za­tions to dri­ve their com­pet­i­tive advan­tage. Now could be a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to expand your tech toolk­it with rel­e­vant, in-demand skills. Rather than plan for your next role, con­sid­er devel­op­ing crit­i­cal skills in tech that poten­tial­ly open up mul­ti­ple oppor­tu­ni­ties for jobs in technology.

Accord­ing to the NC TECH IT Job Trends Report this Novem­ber, there are hard skills with high grow­ing demand in North Car­oli­na specif­i­cal­ly. If you’re con­sid­er­ing which crit­i­cal skills to devel­op in the com­ing months, it can be ben­e­fi­cial to explore top skills with high growth com­pared to Novem­ber 2019.

Here are five hard skills with large year-over-year increase in North Car­oli­na (Novem­ber 2020):

  • Software Engineering (+58.2%)

  • AWS (+43.7%)

  • C/C++ (+34%)

  • Python (+26.8%)

  • Software Development (+15.3%)

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Recent jobs report data offers a promis­ing out­look for jobs in tech­nol­o­gy across the coun­try to lead the charge in the future of work. Jobs such as web devel­op­ers and soft­ware engi­neers are critical to an organization’s ability to quick­ly piv­ot into remote work environment and the post-COVID environment.

As busi­ness­es plan for a post-pan­dem­ic work­force, con­sid­er ways you can inde­pen­dent­ly devel­op crit­i­cal skills in tech­nolo­gy or review the upskilling oppor­tu­ni­ties your employ­er offers. Busi­ness­es are evolv­ing and you too can grow your skillset to stay ahead of future work­place trends and earn job security.