The past two years have been a blur of technological advancement and changes in both our workplaces and in our own expectations and goals for professional development. From hard skills to soft skills, things have changed significantly since the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic and they don’t show signs of stopping. Buzzwords like “upskilling” and “reskilling” illustrate the increased focus companies are putting on the significant and measurable results that come with investing in training their employees. This is no small feat - with the rapid rise and fall of in-demand skills, the World Economic Forum estimates employees will need to spend over 100 days of 2022 retraining and upskilling! With the many challenges forced upon us, we have also been presented with new opportunities to grow and develop skills that set us apart in the workplace. Here are our top predictions for skills to help propel your career to new heights in 2022.
Analytical thinking and innovation are more valued now than ever before. By definition, data science is the refining of data to make it useful. During the pandemic, we saw this skill at work, refining massive amounts of raw data to help detect and monitor the spread of a highly contagious virus. Back in 2020, the World Economic Forum predicted that by 2022, data scientists and analysts would become the number one emerging role in the world. Needed in every job sector, not just tech, data scientists hit an all-time high of base pay according to Glassdoor. This trend shows no signs of slowing down in 2022, with some of the top data science skills hiring managers will be looking for, including:
Data visualization skills, or the ability to present data visually in graphs or images, are critical to presenting data in a way that optimizes cognitive retention and trust. In fact, learners who are provided with illustrations perform 323% better than those who follow text-only directions. Even simple graphs improve perceptions of accuracy and truthfulness to 97%. The augmented and virtual reality (VR) tech sector alone is expected to reach USD 88.4 billion by 2026! The fact is, some companies will never return to a fully on-site workforce and many more will offer hybrid working environments, making it more critical than ever to provide accessible, impactful data, and therefore leading to an increased demand for data visualization skills. The top characteristics of data visualization skills are:
As experts in workforce training and development, we aren’t surprised to see this one in here! Many companies have not evolved their learning and training programs over time. In remote or hybrid workforce environments, employers must provide employees with continuous learning opportunities and the ability to practice those skills. We’ll see a continued rise in self-paced learning, microlearning, social learning, and gamification as well as peer-to-peer learning. Incorporating VR, gamification, video, and mobile learning means that there are hard skills that will be needed and valued in this category in 2022 as they aid in great knowledge retention and adoption in the corporate environment.
Programming is quickly becoming a critical skill in more sectors than just tech. It’s a foundational skill that can be built on to help you learn new technologies, more comprehensively understand the IT project lifecycle, develop abstract thinking skills, write your own code and simple algorithms, and more. Here are some of the top programming languages according to the TIOBE Index’s monthly report:
Shockingly, there are some things that machines just can’t do as well as humans. With up to 30% of our working time being automated by 2030, truly human services will be more valuable and in-demand than ever. While they may sound basic, these soft skills can be improved with focused attention and can help candidates stand out to hiring managers in 2022:
The time to invest in your professional development is now. The half-life of a skill is estimated at just five years, and with massive change and growth happening, not just in tech, but across all industries, there is no time like the present to ensure you’re competitive in today’s workplace and the workplace of tomorrow. Learn more about how we help critical industries deliver dynamic, results-driven learning and training opportunities to their workforce.