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Talent Management: Tech Practitioners’ Evolving Demands

In the upcoming years, the tech industry anticipates significant evolution propelled by advanced AI tools and pioneering strategies in Talent Management Trends. Gartner’s recent survey reveals that 26% of CEOs acknowledge talent scarcity as their foremost growth opportunity. Consequently, talent attraction and retention have become the primary workforce agenda.

The allure of 2024 and the years beyond lies in the exciting opportunities and challenges that await. In response, businesses are actively seeking individuals with a distinctive skill set, marking the emergence of a new breed of professionals – Practitioners. These individuals possess a rare blend of business acumen and technological prowess, enabling them to construct and execute growth-oriented roadmaps. Their acute understanding of emerging technologies, market trends, and consumer behavior positions them as guiding forces for business success.

Essential skills for tomorrow’s Practitioners: Customer-centric problem-solving

At the heart of this transformation are the ‘solution-focused’ practitioners of tomorrow. These architects of innovation are finely attuned to customer pain points, shaping solutions from an end-user perspective, all while having an end-user solution-focused approach. They are the driving force behind the entire innovation process, from ideation and design to meticulous analysis, and rigorous testing, all aimed at fulfilling objectives and requirements. This shift in mindset is the key to their success as they climb the career ladder.

Looking ahead the future also holds a myriad of emerging technologies and skill sets that will drive success in 2024. 

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

According to the US Bureau of Labour, the rise of Data Science will create roughly 11.5 million job openings by 2026. The need for Generative AI and Machine Learning Specialists is growing. These experts create algorithms for automation and smarter decision-making. Python is the top language, but Julia and Rust are gaining ground. Java, C++, Lisp are also widely used in AI applications that require robust performance and scalability. 

In-Demand Programming Languages

According to the 2023 Stack Overflow Developer Survey, the most sought-after programming languages are JavaScript, SQL, Java, Python, C#, C++, Kotlin, Swift, and Golang (Go). Glassdoor also ranks JavaScript, Python, Java, C#, and SQL high for future job prospects.

Swift: The Language for iOS and macOS

Swift is the go-to language for iOS and macOS app development. Kotlin works seamlessly with Java for Android apps. Julia is also important, especially for scientific and numerical computing.

Riding the Cloud: Flexibility and Security

Cloud computing offers lots of job opportunities as traditional servers move to more flexible cloud solutions. Knowing your way around cloud platforms like AWS, Azure, and GCP is vital. It’s also helpful to understand containerization tools like Docker and Kubernetes. With the increasing demand for cloud-native apps, Golang’s efficiency in resource management and scalability has become indispensable.

Cybersecurity 

With digital transactions on the rise and hybrid work models thriving, the demand for experts who can fortify digital defences and manage cybersecurity risks are in high demand. Languages like Golang and Rust are gaining popularity due to their strong focus on security and efficiency. Skills in Docker DevOps are also needed. 

High-Performance Web Development

For fast web applications, consider languages like Crystal and Solidity. TypeScript is excellent for frontend development. Crystal combines Ruby’s simplicity with C’s speed.

Diverse skillsets in demand

There’s a wide range of in-demand roles, including Data Scientists, Blockchain Experts, Automation Engineers, Data Visualization Specialists, Software Developers, IoT Specialists, UX Designers, and Virtual & Augmented Reality Experts. Extended Reality (ER) is also growing, combining AR, VR, and MR for education, healthcare, and entertainment.

Unlocking success: The power of continuous learning

In a world where change is constant, the pursuit of knowledge and adaptability is paramount. The World Economic Forum forecasts that nearly half of us will require new skills by 2025 to stay relevant. Critical thinking, adaptability, and active learning now form the bedrock of achievement. The adage “you are only as good as yesterday” resonates more than ever. At Altimetrik, we understand the urgency of continuous learning, having established dedicated upskilling platforms in partnership with online leaders like Udemy, providing many growth opportunities.

Key-take aways

We recommend organizations undergo three shifts: from focusing on roles to emphasizing building digital skills; from valuing only prior experience to appreciating future learning and development potential; and from restrictive working models to flexible ways of working.

Whether you’re a programmer, a data scientist, a cybersecurity expert, or a UX designer, the key is to understand how your role fits into the bigger picture. Embrace continuous learning, adaptability, and a holistic view of the digital ecosystem. The digital future is here, and it’s full of opportunities.

Vinod Erapalli

Vinod Erapalli

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