Software skills: What's in demand at the moment?

March 24, 2021
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Careers working directly with data were a huge trend for 2020, and with 2021 continuing the meteoric rise, more IT professionals are considering a move in data analysis and architecture every day. With the demand for data skills expanding 231% in just five years according to The Royal Society (https://royalsociety.org/news/2019/05/data-science-skills-shortages) now seems like the best time to consider a change to data if you're looking to achieve real success in an analytics-focused Belfast IT career.

If you're considering giving data a try, or you're simply looking to brush up on skills to invest in your data science career in Belfast, then a pandemic isn't the worst time in the world to start. With extra free time, remote working, and the opportunity to gain some new career-worthy skills, here's what you should be focusing on if you see your future in a data science job:

Coding proficiency

Coding is an incredibly in-demand skill, and no more so than in data analytics and science. Many expert developers trend to move towards less technical developer careers. That means the select few experts that remain within data science have a distinct advantage – and a skill set that's more sought-after than ever.

Whether you're a Python developer, a C++ developer or a polyglot developer, having excellent coding skills can open countless doors in data science and provide the key to a long and successful career. Brush up on your coding skills or take an online course to bump up your knowledge, and finding date science careers in Belfast will be a far easier task.

Communication skill

Data and communication are intertwined, and the ability to critically analyse and relay information effectively is vital for data scientist jobs. Not only do you need to be able to decipher what's in front of you, but you need to provide the bare bones of that information to non-specialists too. From the ability to actively listen and take notes to present data effectively, communication is key to achieving all you want from a data science career.

If you have that excellent blend of an analytic mind and strong communication and collaboration skills, you'll be hot property for hundreds of data science companies across Northern Ireland and beyond. Taking online courses or having experience in communication are excellent ways to boost your skills and make yourself more appealing to the best companies in the business.

Critical skills and analysis

Working with data is a job that takes a particular mind and skillset, and the ability to apply critical thinking is top of the wish list when it comes to what IT employers in Belfast are looking for. If you can use your necessary skills as a data scientist to help achieve goals, reach conclusions and think objectively, you're on the right path to making your potential employer happy and achieving your own goals.

If a data science job in Belfast is something you're considering, taking the time to develop the must-have skills in 2021 is a recipe for success. Speak to our team today to find out what data science career opportunities we may have for you.

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