Companies all around the world have experienced massive tech transformation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has brought to light the relevance of tech skills for all organizations to maintain business and operational continuity.
According to Hazem Said, director, University of Cincinnati School of IT, large-scale threats to personal privacy are impacting consumers’ confidence in various platforms. The need could not be greater for skilled IT and cyber security personnel.
The following are 4 of the most sought after skills sets for a professional in the tech industry for 2022.
1. Cyber Security Analyst
A cyber security analyst’s role is to design and implement robust IT security systems and networks. The demand for skilled personnel in this field comes at a time where organisations are placing emphasis on privacy and security of their enterprises.
The bachelor’s degree required for this role focuses on cybersecurity foundations, data management, programming, hacking testing and countermeasures. According to Talent.com, entry level positions in Africa start at $47,000 per year to $600,000 for an experienced hire.
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2. Software Developer
A software developer iterates the process of identifying user requirements, building the program, testing the software, making improvements until the users’ needs are fully met.
Apart from teamwork, a detailed-oriented outlook, and ability to solve complex problems, a bachelor’s degree in Computer Programming or Computer Science is required. Proficiency in programming languages such as Java, C#, and Python is essential. The average salary for a Software Developer is $20,000 per year according to Payscale.com.
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3. Cloud Architect
A Cloud Architect is an IT specialist who manages planning, design, and deployment of cloud computing strategies of an organisation. S/he ensures that cloud adoption is a smooth transition.
With a basic degree in IT, one can look at the following professional certifications to boost their resume:
· Microsoft Azure Architect
· Google Cloud Platform Cloud Architect
The average base salary mentioned by SalaryExpert.com is $36,000 per year.
You can find open roles here.
4. Blockchain Engineer
A Blockchain engineer is a computer programmer who designs and builds applications that use blockchain technology. They design the security and architecture of the recommended blockchain system.
A bachelor’s degree in Information Systems or Computer Science is a requirement, coupled with an expert blockchain certification. A strong background in database systems will come in handy. The average salary $22,500 yearly as indicated by SalaryExplorer.com
If this sounds like a good role for you, then you can check companies hiring.
The development of tech skills for the youth especially, will enable it to withstand the economic shocks brought about by pandemics such as Covid 19. Government programs such as Ajira Training Initiative benefit the youth immensely by equipping them with demand-driven tech skills exposing them to a job market beyond the country’s borders.
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