Top 7 Technologies on The Rise in 2018

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As technology continues to advance at a breakneck speed, it's increasingly important to keep up with the latest and most relevant skills. It's no longer sufficient to learn a skill set in college and assume this will be enough for your whole career. You now have to think of ways to constantly upgrade your skills. Here are the seven most important tech skills that you need in 2018.

Top 7 Technologies to Watch in 2018

1.     Adaptability

The ability to adapt to new technology isn't a specific skill but an attitude. This is, perhaps, the single most important characteristic you need to succeed in today's fast-changing world. If you cling to the past or ignore the latest trends, you risk getting left behind. Those who are most adaptable will be the first to profit from new opportunities.

Cohesion helps organizations to adapt and change with agile principles and best practices. Learn more about Cohesion’s Agile Consulting Services.

2.     Programming

While programming is hardly a new skill, it's still one of the technology skills that's fundamental to many technological advances. Every new device and software application requires programming, making this an ability that never gets outdated. Programming languages such as Python and JavaScript, which can be used in a wide variety of applications, are especially important in 2018.

3.     Artificial Intelligence

More and more devices and systems are using artificial intelligence. The potential uses for AI are vast and include areas such as customer service, data mining and human resources. For example, companies can use sophisticated AI technology to screen applications to identify the most qualified job candidates. As businesses seek to accumulate more comprehensive data and communicate more efficiently with customers, artificial intelligence will play an even larger role.

4.     Data Science

Data is used by businesses and organizations of all kinds, from governments to nonprofits. Among other things, data is fundamental to search engines, market research, setting prices and many aspects of gaming. When organizations have accurate data, they're in a position to make better decisions. The ability to understand data and make predictions and recommendations is one of the most valuable tech skills to have right now.

5.     Mobile Apps

The growth of mobile is a trend that's going to continue for the next few years. Apps are used for a wide variety of purposes, such as GPS, gaming, time management, online payments and lots more. Mobile users never tire of finding useful and interesting apps. If you can create in-demand apps for this huge market, your skills will be in high demand.

6.     Cybersecurity

Among the most important technology skills for 2018 is the ability to safeguard data and devices. As hackers now commonly target websites of all kinds, cybersecurity becomes a major concern for businesses. For customers to know their data is safe, companies must use state-of-the-art security tools. Expertise in this field is sure to be rewarded for the foreseeable future.

7.     Machine Learning

Machine learning, which is related to artificial intelligence, is another area that's poised to explode in the next couple of years. One of the most common uses of machine learning right for businesses is chatbots, which are useful for engaging website visitors and answering their questions. Smart devices such as Echo and Google Home also employ this type of technology.

These are some of the most important technology skills to help you get ahead in 2018 and beyond. If you’re looking for a career in IT, work with Cohesion to find the right fit for you.

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