5 Must-Have Skills Professionals Need In the Future

May 27, 2022

5 Must-Have Skills Professionals Need In the Future

The recent pandemic served as a wake-up call for businesses around the globe to finally make headway on their digital initiatives to ensure business continuity despite the turbulent changes in the market. Some achieved years’ worth of progress in just a few months, with other large-scale transformations failing. Moreover, since remote work continues to be in the mainstream, organisations have also had to invest in things like self-service portals for their clients and collaborative platforms for their employees.

According to the SHRM research, HR managers’ top issue when recruiting personnel is skill gaps, with 75% stating that there is a skill shortfall among candidates. We’re starting to witness a big shift in priorities as so many human resources initiatives take off over the coming decade. While there has lately been a lot of emphasis on upskilling technical abilities like computer programming and data science, soft skills development has taken a second seat.

According to Deloitte, by 2030, two-thirds of jobs will be soft-skill intensive, proving that the skill gap is not only present in technical roles. In summary, the digitalisation movement is still going strong, with businesses looking for specialists to assist them accomplish their digital transformation goals. Cloud computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and quick application development are just a few of the in-demand skills today.


Top 5 in-demand skills in Asia

If you’re evaluating career options in this emerging field, take a look at these top five skills you’ll need to transition into these roles. Let us delve deeper and explore five of these skills.


1. Data analytics

Huge volumes of data are being created in today’s environment as a result of digitalisation. In 2018, an estimated 31 billion devices were linked to the internet, generating 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day. Businesses are leveraging the digital boom by analysing and drawing insights from data to make data-driven choices and enhance corporate operations, making data analytics a high-demand talent in today’s market. People must become more analytical as technology becomes increasingly prominent in all industries. Traditionally, professions that did not require data analysis are increasingly making decisions based on insights. This is required in order to demonstrate ROI and prepare for future expansion. In today’s ever-changing work market, having the ability to analyse data is highly valued.

Today, professionals must look at the performance of their content and capitalise on trends to improve reach. Data visualisation skills such as Tableau and Microsoft Power BI Data Analysis are important because they make studying data a lot easier and more accurate. It assists researchers in clearly interpreting data so that they do not overlook anything that might aid in the discovery of insights.


2. Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics

Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics

The push for digital transformation also comes with a higher risk of security breaches and various types of cyber threats. In order to protect against attacks like Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), ransomware, malware, and many other threats, organisations must also strengthen their cybersecurity defence systems.

To properly safeguard an organisation’s network and infrastructure, you must first understand how they might be attacked—which is why most cybersecurity experts must learn how to “ethically hack”. To properly grasp how a system might be infiltrated and, in turn, design effective solutions to counter these attacks, you need to have the same capabilities as a hacker.

According to a Robert Half survey, around 44 per cent of CTOs and CIOs prioritise the strategic importance of their cybersecurity, while a Gartner Research survey shows that demand for IT security roles surged in the post-pandemic. Some of the top skills that companies need include network security, information security, web security, cloud security services, and security architecture.


3. Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

Fuelled by the effects of the pandemic and its resulting widespread push for digital transformation, the demand for AI and data science professionals has only grown exponentially. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning enable businesses to gain value from the massive amounts of data they collect by providing business insights, automating processes, and improving system capabilities. You may also use artificial intelligence to create software and systems that mimic how people think, learn, make decisions, and solve problems. It allows robots to learn from their mistakes and execute human-like activities.

In order to pursue AI as a career, there are a varied number of skills that you need to master, all of which you can learn from the ground up. Because AI offers such a diverse range of professional opportunities, understanding which skills are in high demand might help you obtain the job you desire. For example, the Graduate Diploma in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence offers you industry recognition through its partnership with AI Singapore.


4. Agile and UI UX Skills

Since everyone was forced to stay home during those times, mobile app downloads increased by 23.3 per cent as people took to online services for their needs. Employers are specifically looking for professionals with technical skills in programming, agile methodology, cross-platform development, and UI/UX. For a start, you can attend a 2-day Professional Certificate in UI and UX course to gain a functional skillset and knowledge of UI and UX.

Rapid changes require you to adopt an Agile Thinking mindset. This can help you think clearer and work faster to meet customers’ changing demands. Many firms are realising the importance of adapting swiftly in the face of constantly changing consumer requirements and new innovation that is updated faster than ever before. Companies used to be able to adopt a strategy, adhere to it, and keep a competitive advantage for years. However, organizations nowadays push ahead, fall behind, or even vanish in a few months.


5. Business Automation and RPA

With business automation being one of the integral parts of the entire digital transformation process, organisations are more driven now than ever to realise the vast possibilities of AI and machine learning for their operations. This increasing adoption of AI technologies is reflected in the heightened demand for specific AI skillsets from data analysts and scientists, AI specialists, big data developers, and data engineers.

According to Verified Market Research’s 2022 research, the worldwide AI market is expected to be worth US $51 billion in 2020 and US $641 billion in 2022. Furthermore, AI Specialists were named the top career in LinkedIn’s Emerging Jobs Report Singapore 2020, which highlights the top jobs in Singapore based on demand and relevance in today’s market.



The push for digital transformation has and will continue to give rise to new job opportunities for professionals looking to kickstart their careers in IT. With the current job market becoming more and more competitive by the day, giving yourself an edge makes sense.


Aventis Graduate School can help you gain that advantage with our courses on Business Transformation & Automation, along with the other frontier technology mentioned above, such as short courses, professional certifications, master’s or diploma in cyber security, Data Science, AI and Data Analytics. Check out the exciting suite of Frontier technology courses offered by Aventis here.

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