Hard skills include specialized knowledge and technical abilities, such as software development, tax accounting, or patent law expertise. They’re often easier to define and measure than soft skills.
Blockchain tops the list of most in-demand hard skills for 2020 and is now being used in industries ranging from shipping to healthcare, from farming and food safety to entertainment and gaming.
Research firm Gartner has estimated that blockchain’s business value-add will reach about $176 billion by 2025, and $3.1 trillion by 2030.
Here are the top hard skills businesses will ask for now and in the coming years.
1. Blockchain expertise
Cryptocurrency mining and associated skills are not yet common but for those who have it, it’s immensely valuable. To build your blockchain skills, you’ll also need a solid base of coding and software development skills.
2. Cloud computing
These days, everything is backed up in “the cloud.” Many companies are running their entire business out of cloud-based data and applications, and all that data needs advanced engineering and management. In fact, according to PC, cloud computing was the highest-paid IT certification of 2019.
3. Artificial intelligence
Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are increasingly being used for business analysis, predictive algorithms, and metrics, or interacting with customers. Data analysis skills are also a valuable starting block if you’re interested in building your AI skills.
AI software worldwide is forecast to grow from $10 bn in revenues in 2018 to $126 bn by 2025.
4. UX design
User experience (UX) happens when you use an app, especially when it’s bad, or slow, or clunky. With so much of commerce and business conducted via online platforms, those who can design and refine a good UX are a hot commodity for most companies.
5. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is rapidly rising as a must-have hard skill. Affiliate marketing leverages company partnerships or influencers that are hyper-targeted to a particular audience.
Who doesn’t need sales experience? Those who can effectively relate to customers, manage a sales team, understand the sales funnel, and sell into the highest levels of the business, are in demand now and forever.
7. Video Production
Consumers have an insatiable appetite for video content, so it makes sense that video production continues to be a priority for companies. Cisco estimates that video will account for 82% of global internet traffic in 2022, up from 75% in 2018.
8. Writing Skills
A solid grasp of writing techniques will give your career a boost if your job requires any sort of writing (quarterly reports, onboarding documents, presentations for clients, sales pitches, etc.).
Skills include note-taking, letter and email writing, business writing, creative writing, SEO, and others.
9. Computer Skills
Duh. Computer skills are a must in any industry. Be sure to include list them on your resume especially if you’re applying for office jobs, and these include MS Office, Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, Google Drive, Spreadsheets, CMS, and social media.