The Top 3 In-Demand Tech Courses According to Industry Leaders

by Modis on August 7, 2018

 

tech coursesAs the tech-driven economy evolves, trends in tech jobs for 2018 and beyond will reflect a sea of change. More companies are expected to adopt advanced technologies, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, and biometric security, creating a need for employees well versed in the latest technologies.

The most recent report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that overall, computer and IT jobs will increase by 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, driven by a greater emphasis on cloud computing, big data, and information security.

“The IT and engineering fields are changing every day, particularly in cybersecurity, which is the next big thing – but today so few people have the skills that everyone wants,” said Trent Beekman, president, Modis Recruitment Solutions.

Beekman, along with Ger Doyle, president, Modis Enterprise Solutions and Jake Schwartz, co-founder & CEO, General Assembly, recently participated in a roundtable discussing insights on the tech industry and trending demands in the workforce.

“A lot of IT and infrastructure jobs will be automated, which creates a huge opportunity to help people who understand IT and engineering to get up-skilled and move into fields like data science, Java, and cloud computing,” said Doyle. “Those traditional skill-sets matters – now it’s about how we apply them.”

In order to provide workers with the critical skills required for tech careers on the rise, General Assembly offers the following fundamental courses. These courses are offered both online and at its campuses around the world.

User Experience Design

The demand for UX designers is increasing exponentially as apps, mobile, and wearable technology become more popular. The job of a UX designer is to create products – whether physical or digital – that are simple to understand, visually attractive and user-friendly. Other job responsibilities include creating consistency across platforms, and in the not-too-distant future, incorporating augmented and virtual reality.

Because the concept is so new, the majority (65 percent) of today’s UX designers are self-taught, according to a report by UXPin. But university and online courses, as well as boot camp intensives, such as General Assembly’s User Experience (UX) Design Immersive course, are filling in the skills gap.

The 10-week onsite course, led by some of the industry’s best designers, trains students to become an apprentice or junior UX designer, with a portfolio of class projects to present to prospective employers.

Front-End Web Development

Front-end web developers use design fundamentals and a variety of software programs to create the perfect layout for a fixed or mobile-friendly website. With the magic of code, they create attractive headers, footers and sidebars, web forms to capture customer info and interactive links – all while handling traffic at blazing speeds.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the number of jobs for web developers to grow by 15 percent, a much faster rate than average. In the 10 years from 2016 to 2026, this category is projected to add a total of 24,400 new jobs.

To help programmers gain the coding skills they need for career advancement, General Assembly offers a 10-week part-time Front End Web Development course that teaches students HTML, CSS, and JavaScript through hands-on projects and real-world scenarios.

Data Science

The job of data scientist is fast becoming one of the most in-demand tech careers. Glassdoor ranks it the number one job in America for the last three years – based on median annual base salary, job satisfaction rating and the number of job openings.

Data scientists analyze raw business data to make predictions and solve problems that help a company’s bottom line.

General Assembly offers part-time, online and 10-13-week full-time immersive Data Science courses. Students build skills such as SQL, Python, visualization and machine learning, analyzing real-world data and creating predictive models that can surface effective business recommendations.

These and other cutting-edgecourses from General Assembly are key to developing the tech skills needed both now and for the careers of the future.

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