Where are Tech Skills Needed Right Now?

Modis Posted 06 July 2022

In our last post, The Power of Tech Skills, we looked at the ways tech skills can enhance your employability and offer you the professional flexibility you want – thanks partly to a shortage of tech skills worldwide. So, we decided to show you three areas where tech skills are most needed.

It’s worth remembering that tech skills are highly transferable between tech domains. This means that you shouldn’t worry if you don’t have the exact skills to work in a specific domain, because the skills you have – or the skills you’re learning through Modis Tech Academy – will serve you well in multiple fields. We’ve listed some of the most desirable competencies for these domains, but the fact that these skills are in short supply means employers are more accepting of candidates who don’t tick every box on their wish list.

So, what areas of tech need skilled staff in 2022? The most truthful answer is “all of them”, but we’ve picked three areas where demand is especially high.

Cybersecurity specialists

This one’s no surprise. With cybercrime costing the Australian economy $42 billion each year, as estimated by Nigel Phair of the UNSW Institute of Cyber Security, this is an issue that’s causing pain for organisations and individuals right now – and the cat-and-mouse nature of cybersecurity means it’ll continue to do so. Technological advancements mean new vulnerabilities are being created and discovered as quickly as existing ones are secured, so cybersecurity specialists will always be needed.

As more organisations discover the benefits of digital transformation (DX), their attack surface will grow. This means cybersecurity specialists will be needed to secure vulnerabilities in Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and endpoints, customer-facing and internal apps, and newly integrated and cloud-based systems.

A cybersecurity breach can be eye-wateringly costly. Legislation like the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) put the onus on organisations to keep their data secure. Not to mention they levy heavy fines for breaches, on top of less tangible costs like reputational damage and a loss of public confidence. This means that businesses, NGOs, government bodies, and other organisations need cybersecurity experts - and are prepared to pay well to get them.

If a career in cybersecurity is calling you, we recommend that your skill set includes malware analysis/mitigation, intrusion detection, cloud security, and a solid understanding of programming languages like C#, PHP, Java, and Shell. Knowledge of legislation like GDPR and CCPA is a strong plus point, too.

Cloud architects

The migration of systems and processes to the cloud is a core part of all DX projects, and with market research agency Gartner predicting that global cloud spending will be almost USD 500 billion this year, it can be a lucrative field for those with the right skills. Cloud migrations and DX often face internal resistance, so cloud architects need leadership skills and the ability to persuade people.

The role of a cloud architect is not easy, as it covers several IT disciplines. You’ll be developing cloud application architecture, approval plans, and cloud storage management systems. You should be able to manage multicloud environments and operate complex, varied cloud technology stacks that include a proliferation of devices and sensors at the network edge, which generate data that must be stored in cloud databases for analysis and insight (Gartner expects there to be more than 15 billion IoT devices connected to network infrastructure in 2029).

One of the reasons there is a shortage of cloud architects is that the role usually can’t be filled by someone new to the industry. The depth of knowledge required to address the complexity of the role comes from experience. So, if you’re interested in becoming a cloud architect, we recommend that you work towards it from another tech role while seeking opportunities to develop your leadership skills and knowledge of as-a-service provision (infrastructure, platform, and software). We also recommend working towards the relevant certifications from hyperscale cloud providers (Microsoft Azure, AWS, etc.).

Artificial intelligence and machine learning specialists

Your tech skills won’t just enable you to move between subsectors and projects. They’ll also empower you to live and work almost anywhere across the world. Tech skills shortages can be found everywhere, which means that your tech skills can get you a job in a vast number of countries – often with less demanding visa conditions than for other workers (or in some cases, even visa waivers).

Or, if you prefer, you can use your tech skills to work for yourself. From freelance work to online task marketplaces and self-employment, you’ll find that tech skills open up a whole raft of options. That idea for an app that you don’t know what to do with might just be the key to funding your studies or taking up the digital nomad lifestyle.

First steps

While these career paths may seem daunting, it’s worth reiterating that the tech world is suffering from skills shortages at every level. The skills shortages in the above fields are especially acute, but the industry also has a strong need for entry-level programmers, network technicians, and data scientists. And thanks to the transferability of tech skills and the flexibility they give you, any tech role can be a stepping-stone to the position you want.

If you’d like to discuss what skills you need for the role you’re targeting, don’t hesitate to get in touch – and don’t forget to stop by the Modis Tech Academy to see how we can support you on your learning journey.

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