In such a quickly evolving industry, information decays at a rate of 30% a year, according to Research in Labor Economics, rendering nearly a third of last year’s tech-related knowledge irrelevant.
But don’t panic — there’s a solution. Staying up-to-date with emergent technologies and trends — as well as the skills needed to master them — will help you offset the lightning-fast pace of skills disruption and keep you ahead of the curve. Continuous learning is the key to maintaining an ongoing competitive advantage, both for individuals and organizations.
On that note, here are the top six tech skills that Pluralsight has identified as not just “nice to know,” but “need to know,” in 2015 :
Fortunately, no matter what your age or current comfort level with technology, there are ways to pick up intro coding skills — and many of them are free.
2. Big data
As ever-larger volumes of data are created, it’s vital to know how to collect and analyze that data — particularly when it’s related to customer preferences and business processes.
No matter what industry you’re in, you’ll miss out on key marketing and decision-making opportunities by ignoring big data.
3. Cloud computing
Barrenechea predicts that by year-end, we’ll see “a world of hybrid deployments in which some information and applications reside in the cloud and the remainder resides on-premise.”
Learning to utilize the cloud’s flexible power can improve everything from your data security to your collaboration ability.
This is also the year that we’ll hit critical mass with the fusion of mobile and cloud computing, according to Forbes. That means many more centrally coordinated apps will be usable on multiple devices.
5. Data visualization
That’s where data visualization comes in, which involves using a visual representation of the data to discover new information and breakthroughs. Creative Bloq notes that this technique can reveal details that poring through dry data can’t.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a web designer or developer to create compelling infographics.
6. UX design skills
Smashing Magazine notes that while user experience has long been important, it has become more so recently in relation to the diverse ways that users can now access websites, including mobile and apps.
“The more complex the system, the more involved will the planning and architecture have to be for it,” writes Jacob Gube. But it’s not just professional designers who can benefit from understanding UX design — anyone can.