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If it seems like there is a trend toward more tech-related jobs, you are absolutely correct. As Modis notes, the number of technology employment opportunities is expected to increase by 12 percent by 2024, with 488,500 new jobs becoming available. These new positions will span a wide range of opportunities, from web development and IT security to biomedical engineering and cybersecurity.
In order to keep up with the proliferation of tech-related careers, you need to boost your related knowledge as much as possible. With that in mind, you can’t go wrong with perfecting any or all of the following tech skills this year:
1. Machine learning and AI
Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are among the most exciting fields of technology, as well as some of the most lucrative skills to learn. We are already using this tech to an extent today with Alexa and Siri, and as things like self-driving cars become more prevalent, machine learning only promises to become more common. Machine learning may eventually show up in a number of industries including finance, education, and healthcare, so it makes sense to learn about this amazing new tech as much as possible. In addition to conducting your own research, you can also look for online courses on the topic; for example, Google offers a self-paced course for free that includes 25 different lessons on machine learning.
2. 5G wireless technology
The fifth generation mobile network is expected to be available in 2019. 5G technology will take the existing mobile network that connects people and raise it to a level that interconnects and controls machines and devices. With its incredibly low latency and enormous capacity, 5G wireless technology promises to take on a key role in a number of industries including education, entertainment, transportation and more. In order to be ready for 5G technology when it comes out, as well as to advance in your career, be proactive and study up as much as possible about 5G and its many benefits.
3. Mobile application tech
Forbes reports that mobile application developers — who have already been in high demand — can expect to be busier than ever in 2018. If you wish to learn or hone your related skills, look into learning a number of programming languages including Java, HTML5, Objective-C, Python and others. Look for online courses that you can do on your own time. LearnJavaOnline, for instance, offers a tutorial on Java that is ideal for both newbies and more experienced programmers. The site also includes online courses on other types of related programming that will give anyone interested in mobile application development a leg up over the competition.
As the types of technology continue to grow and the related jobs expand along with them, it is important to stay on top of a number of tech skills. By learning about upcoming advancements like 5G, AI and mobile apps, you will be in a good position to advance in your career. The best part is you don’t have to worry about enrolling in an institute or making drastic changes to your schedule to accommodate your learning. The internet has made self-teaching cheap — often free — easy and adjustable to suit your busy life so you don’t have to put your career on hold.