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by Gabe Nelson | May 25, 2021

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Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the career growth of workers and job seekers in the tech industry. Many have seen their salaries cut and opportunities for bonuses slashed. Some have even lost their jobs. Because of these changes, many in the world of tech are looking for ways to reinvent themselves. They’re looking to learn the skills that will put them ahead when it’s time for a new job—or just stay relevant and grow their careers.

Below are seven necessary skills tech workers need to stay relevant post-Covid.

1. Python

If you have to choose just one new coding language to learn this year, Python should be it. According to Data Bridge Market Research, the market for Python will grow more than 21 percent between 2020 and 2027. Python is a relatively simple coding language to learn and works with many applications. Even basic Python knowledge will make you stand out from the crowd.

2. Cybersecurity

Since many companies are starting to demand more when it comes to cloud and infrastructure skills, there’s an increasing dependence on cybersecurity. Companies have a lot of data spread out through different networks, and hackers are relentless at attempting to breach these networks. Someone with the right cybersecurity skills and knowledge will be able to prevent different types of cybercrime—and be in high demand. With the global cybersecurity market estimated to grow 10 percent from 2020 to 2027, job opportunities in the field and requiring related skills will be plentiful.

4. Amazon Web Service

AWS is a platform that Amazon provides to companies to ensure they have cost-effective and easy-to-access cloud services when the company can’t host their own. While companies know that they can use AWS, they may not know how to utilize it well. As a result, they need qualified individuals who know how to navigate the system and can keep their data safe.

4. Docker

Docker is a platform that helps companies build, design, and run applications through containers. These containers can keep everything in one place and streamline the whole process. The global market size of Docker is estimates to grow by more than 400 percent by 2024. This is a huge rise, and many companies need someone with the right tech skills to properly use this system for their benefit.

5. APIs

An API, or application programming interface, is a set of protocols and definitions that help build up and integrate application software. APIs provide the connection between one service or product and let it communicate with others. Many companies like to use APIs to help manage their existing designs with new tools and products. It’s estimated that the global telecom API market will grow 22 percent annually until 2027.

6. Ansible

Ansible is an automation tool that can help with application deployment, cloud provisioning, and configuration management. It simplifies complex tasks, helping developers manage their work easier. In some cases, Ansible is a good tool to help with IT orchestration, which means that it will allow you to run tasks in sequence and then create a chain of events that shows up on different devices and servers.

7. Java and JavaScript

In addition to Python, Java and JavaScript are excellent coding languages to learn. Java is a general-purpose programming language that helps with fraud detection, prevents cyberattacks, and is used for network security. It offers a robust framework and great tools for developing mobile apps. Meanwhile, JavaScript is a good option to learn for creating websites. It's particularly helpful when you need to add complex features onto a website.

A final note

Covid-19 changed a lot about how the world is run and what customers expect from businesses, especially when it comes to technology. And if you’re looking to hone your skills and look for new job opportunities as things open back up, then learning some of the skills above will help you out immensely. The more of these skills you know, the more valuable you’ll be to employers.

Gabe Nelson is a content specialist with more than seven years of experience, currently working with samii.io. He has a passion for and keen understanding of the HR and recruitment industry. He has written hundreds of content pieces in numerous niches. Currently, he lives in Missouri with his wife and kids.

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