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Here are the 8 Most In-Demand Tech Skills in 2021

As the technology world continues to evolve at a breakneck pace, the demand for professionals with advanced information technology skills has never been greater. With technology roles dominating lists of the future’s ‘best jobs’ and most in-demand jobs,’ we examine some of the most in-demand tech skills for 2021.

The Most In-Demand Tech Skills For 2021

  • DevOps
  • Cloud Computing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  •  Machine Learning
  •  Cybersecurity
  • Virtual Reality (VR) & Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Web and Software Development
  • Blockchain Technology

Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence 

AI and ML have already begun to transform industries, and hiring in these fields is increasing globally. For instance, according to LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Jobs Report for the United Kingdom, the top emerging job in 2020 was Artificial Intelligence Specialist.

TensorFlow, Python, Java, R, and Natural Language Processing are the most in-demand skills in AI and Machine Learning, and as a result of their popularity, IT professionals with these skills are sure to be in demand this year and command high salaries.


DevOps professionals have transformed how businesses respond to their customers’ growing demands, and the best DevOps professionals collaborate with other business units. Accelerating processes and development cycles without sacrificing accuracy or security is what talented DevOps professionals are all about.

Cloud Computing

As more businesses migrate away from traditional server infrastructure and toward cloud solutions, the demand for IT professionals with cloud expertise has increased significantly. Cloud technology has created a mass of new revenue streams, and with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure changing the game, cloud expertise is essential because it touches on every other skill set on this list.


Cybersecurity is one of the top technology trends for 2020, owing to the critical nature of protecting companies that collect customer and user information from attack.

Due to a skills shortage among IT professionals, cybersecurity, information security, network security, and vulnerability assessment skills are now in high demand. You can consider a career in Cybersecurity if you are passionate about computers, networks and internet security.

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Web and Software Development

Developers demand is growing faster than most other areas of IT, owing in part to the growing demand for software and apps as the world becomes more digitally connected.

Full Stack Developer was ranked second in Indeed’s 2020 study of the best jobs and ranked first in development space.

Virtual Reality (VR) & Augmented Reality (AR)

Known collectively as Extended Reality (XR), the European market is expected to grow from $7.59 billion in 2016 to $104 billion in 2026. Numerous industries, including entertainment, advertising, education, and health, have already adopted XR technology, and demand for skilled technicians will continue to grow as we approach 2021.

Almost three-quarters of software engineers predict that the full impact of AR and VR will be evident within the next five years, and learning Unity will help IT professionals with coding skills forge a path into XR.

Blockchain Technology

Although the popularity of cryptocurrencies, with which blockchain is most frequently associated, the technology is also used for file storage, peer-to-peer payments, crowdfunding, identity management, and banking.

With high salaries available to blockchain engineers and an increasing number of industries adopting blockchain technologies, it will continue to be a desirable skill to possess in 2021 and the years to come.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is courtesy of Scholars International Institute of Technology.


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