This is for skills for jobs in hot demand

This blog celebrates our first annual skills for jobs in HOT DEMAND.  Check out the complete list below to see if you have some of these Tech Skills needed in critical occupations.

The Need For Critical Jobs Has Never Been Greater

From the Great Resignation to the mandatory retirement age in some industries, the need for filling critical jobs has never been greater.

A recent study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce found that out of the 1,000 jobs in demand in 2020, only 30 will require a college degree. So, what are the other 970 jobs? They include positions in technology that demand specific hot skills.

Georgetown’s study was confirmed by a study published in the Harvard Business Review in 2022, which found that skills-based hiring is rising. 

They discovered that when the talent pool lacks qualified applicants, employers reduce components like degree requirements for 46% of middle-skill and high-skill positions.

It’s simple supply and demand regarding Human Resources and their hiring practices. Having stringent requirements funnels applicants to such a think trickle of applicants making it nearly impossible to hire the employees needed to maintain the work pace.  

This begs the question of whether college degrees have been outdated, and it is time to recognize the specific skills and micro-credentials one possesses.  I’ve been a big fan of recognizing skills more so than the overall degree for a long time, so this will not surprise me if this trend continues for the next three decades.

Ready to learn about the 150+ hot technology skills for jobs in demand?

Skills For Jobs In Hot Demand

If you’re a recent graduate or unemployed seeking a promotion, don’t despair! After all, you may not need a college degree to qualify for one of these high-demand jobs. Check out the list below to see if your skills match up. And if you’re retiring military, there are plenty of opportunities for you to utilize your skillset and match it to a job, whether remote or at a job site!

After analyzing the data and seeking input from professionals worldwide, we’ve developed our first annual skills for jobs in hot demand.

It’s no surprise that Microsoft Products (Excel, Office software, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Word) took the first five places. The following five Tech Tools stemmed from programming (SQL, Python, Java, AWS Software, and JavaScript).

All these tech tools are seen in the Tech Tools area of Illuminate, Upskill Talent’s dashboard. Users have access to this database with over 1,700 occupations and over 100,000 attributes, where they can search up to five occupations simultaneously.

Here they are listed in alphabetical order.

  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • AJAX
  • Alteryx software
  • Amazon DynamoDB
  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud EC2
  • Amazon Redshift
  • Amazon Simple Storage Service S3
  • Amazon Web Services AWS CloudFormation
  • Amazon Web Services AWS software
  • Ansible software
  • Apache Cassandra
  • Apache Hadoop
  • Apache Hive
  • Apache Kafka
  • Apache Maven
  • Apache Spark
  • Apache Subversion SVN
  • Apache Tomcat
  • Apple iOS
  • Apple macOS
  • Atlassian Bamboo
  • Atlassian Bitbucket
  • Atlassian Confluence
  • Atlassian JIRA
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Bash
  • Bentley MicroStation
  • Bootstrap
  • C
  • C#
  • C++
  • Cascading style sheets CSS
  • Chef
  • Cisco Webex
  • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks
  • Django
  • Docker
  • Drupal
  • eClinicalWorks EHR software
  • Eclipse IDE
  • Elasticsearch
  • Epic Systems
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • Facebook
  • Figma
  • Git
  • GitHub
  • GitLab
  • Go
  • Google Angular
  • Google Cloud software
  • Google Docs
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Workspace software
  • GraphQL
  • Hibernate ORM
  • HubSpot software
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • IBM DB2
  • IBM SPSS Statistics
  • IBM Terraform
  • IBM WebSphere
  • Informatica software
  • Intuit QuickBooks
  • JavaScript
  • JavaScript Object Notation JSON
  • Jenkins CI
  • jQuery
  • JUnit
  • Kronos Workforce Timekeeper
  • Kubernetes
  • LinkedIn
  • Linux
  • Marketo Marketing Automation
  • Microsoft .NET Framework
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • Microsoft Active Server Pages ASP
  • Microsoft ASP.NET
  • Microsoft Azure software
  • Microsoft Dynamics
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft PowerShell
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services SSIS
  • Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services SSRS
  • Microsoft Team Foundation Server
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications VBA
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Windows Server
  • Microsoft Word
  • MicroStrategy
  • MongoDB
  • Node.js
  • NoSQL
  • Objective C
  • Oracle Database
  • Oracle Java
  • Oracle Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition J2EE
  • Oracle JavaServer Pages JSP
  • Oracle PL/SQL
  • Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management
  • Oracle SQL Developer
  • Perl
  • PHP
  • PostgreSQL
  • Puppet
  • Python
  • Qlik Tech QlikView
  • R
  • React
  • Red Hat OpenShift
  • Redis
  • Ruby
  • Ruby on Rails
  • SAP software
  • SAS
  • Scala
  • Selenium
  • ServiceNow
  • Shell script
  • Slack
  • Splunk Enterprise
  • Spring Boot
  • Spring Framework
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Swift
  • Tableau
  • Teradata Database
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Transact-SQL
  • Trimble SketchUp Pro
  • TypeScript
  • UNIX
  • UNIX Shell
  • Vue.js
  • WordPress
  • Workday software
  • Yardi software
  • Zoom


What To Do If You Want To Master A Tech Tool

Some of these Tech Tools would be incredible to have on my resume. To do so would mean I would have to go and take a course online or at a local college.

Before taking those steps, I encourage you to look at a recent blog on where to find the Best Sites For Free Courses In STEM and see if one of the Tech Tools listed above is available.

For some, there may not be an available course, or you must take the course on an “approved list.”  Should that be the case, I would ask these questions your HR or Learning and Development Department:

  • Can I be reimbursed for this course if I pay for it out of pocket?
  • (If you must pay out of pocket) Does our organization’s partnership allow a discount for the course?
  • Will this course improve my annual evaluation?
  • What courses would you recommend taking that will position me for my next promotion or pay increase?
  • May I take some time off work to attend the course?
  • Where can I review the Professional Development policies for taking courses?

As you can see, there are a lot of hot technology skills in demand right now. To start or change your career, consider learning some of these tools.

And if you’re already familiar with them, keep up the excellent work-you’re sure to be in high demand!

Did we miss any essential tech skills? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll add them to our list.

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