5 Tech Skills Everyone Should Learn To Grow Their Career

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Tech workers are known for earning high salaries in exciting, new economy fields — but let’s face it, not everyone is cut out for life in Silicon Valley. That, however, is no reason not to learn a new skill that can make you more marketable and expand your career options.

Almost anyone can find a tech skill that suits their interests and their background that they learn on their own time without going back to college and without quitting their current job. The best tech skills are ones that can be applied to a range of industries and that impress hiring managers in a variety of fields. Here are a few of the best skills you should consider learning.

Last updated: Nov. 6, 2020
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Salesforce is the world’s No. 1 sales software platform and learning how to administer it can lead to a huge range of new job opportunities. That, according to Learn to Code With Me, is because knowledge of Salesforce and the CRM (customer relationship management) systems that use it can help land you a position not only in software but in sales or as a sales development representative. The latter position blends Salesforce technology expertise with traditional sales work — and it also happens to be one of the hottest emerging jobs on LinkedIn. Udemy is currently offering a course called Salesforce Development Training for Beginners for less than $20.

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Internet of Things

Anyone who dims their lights or locks their doors with their voice or their phone should not be surprised to learn that the Internet of Things (IoT) is a field that’s experiencing a major job boom. According to Analytics Insight, it predicts a 13.6% job growth in the field through 2022.

Coursera is offering free courses like An Introduction to Programming the Internet of Things (IoT) Specialization, where those looking to expand their tech toolbox can get started. The great thing about IoT is the sheer volume of specialties to choose from, as well as the fact that people from many backgrounds are good candidates for entry into the field.

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Global Knowledge ranked cybersecurity as the No. 1 tech skill for 2020, in part because of digital security concerns rising from the pandemic, but the need for the skill is evident everywhere from election security concerns to foreign influence on social media. Like IoT, there’s a huge spectrum of potential cybersecurity specialties to start learning depending on your background, education and interests. Global Knowledge, for example, offers coursework and training for more than two dozen cybersecurity specialties, many of which prepare the learner for certification and employment.

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Distributed Systems

This tech niche involves expertise in systems that are scattered between different computers and networks. It’s a specialty worth exploring because, according to Payscale, its average compensation is growing more quickly than any other tech specialty. It’s a learnable skill, as well, with services like Coursera offering a wide range of educational courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners. Many independent educators, like the one who launched DistributedSystemsCourse.com, offer distributed systems classes for free.

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JavaScript is still the No. 2 programming language and it’s used almost universally in website and mobile app development. Learning JavaScript could raise your stock price going into job interviews in all kinds of fields — and perhaps equally as important is the fact that it could help you build your own site or allow you to farm out your skills on a freelance basis as a side hustle. Like the others, JavaScript is something even nontech workers can learn. Code Academy, Udemy, LinkedIn Learning and many colleges and universities offer JavaScript training on a part-time basis — so you can keep your current job — even to nonstudents.

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