Beyond 2016: Technology Skills of the Future

By Alex, Updated: 2023-01-18 (published on 2016-09-16)

Is your job facing disruption?

At the rate at which technology is evolving today, it crucial for professionals to keep up-to-date with the ever-changing and in-demand skill sets. This is even more true for those working in information technology-related functions.

So are there any IT skills that one should pick up now, in order to give them a headstart in this marathon that is prone to disruption? Below we list 5 IT skills that show no signs of backing down in the near future:


1. IT Architecture

IT architecture, as defined by the Association For All IT Architects (IASA), is the art and science of designing and delivering valuable technology strategy. In today’s technologically-driven workplace, IT architecture lays the foundation for various job roles. The term “IT architect” encompasses a relatively broad range of roles; from cloud architects to technical architects and enterprise architects. With the rapid advancements in technology, it is not surprising that IT architecture expertise will continue to be hot in demand.

IT Architecture

2. Programming / Applications Development

Thanks to new areas of mobile technology as well as the rise of Internet of Things (IoT), demand for programmers and application developers has increased over the years. The increased adoption of mobile phones as a form of payment, or using mobile platforms for online purchases, also give rise to skills demands in related fields.

3. Business Intelligence & Analytics

Companies have been increasingly making use of data to drive key business decisions. This trend is likely to continue growing over the next few years. When it comes to data-driven initiatives, organisations are looking beyond an analytical mind: The newly crowned “Growth Hacker” also has the ability to work with the various business units to identify what data is required, where to extract it from, and package it in a manner that is easy for users to understand.

4. Mastering Robotics

Those specialising in robotics are likely to have numerous job opportunities in the near future. As work processes are fast becoming automated, skills are required to research, create, maintain and repair these “robots”. Additionally, robotics are up and coming in various unconventional industries. For instance, some robotics jobs will involve developing equipments for use in rehabilitation centres or creating and improving devices to help the handicapped.

5. Security & Compliance

As technology and data continue to evolve, information security will continue to be highly sought after. Despite all the great opportunities arising from cloud, analytics and Big Data, all these new technologies can be emasculated if there are no robust security programs and protocols in place. Security professionals will come to play a critical role in organisations in ensuring that security is embedded in all levels.


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