Hiring Trends for 2021: Which Jobs are In Demand

In 2020, the fastest-growing jobs were centered around the importance of data literacy — new roles specializing in cloud security and an increase in hiring for people with technical skills in artificial intelligence (AI) were top of mind for employers.

Now that we’re a few months into the new year, some new hiring trends for 2021 have emerged. What’s more, these new developments could shape the workforce for years to come.

Here’s our take on the latest hiring trends, including the skills and roles that companies are looking for right now.

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The Top Cybersecurity Jobs of 2021

The recent SolarWinds breach, and the millions of accounts that were compromised, has recently put cybersecurity back in focus. Companies across all industries are rethinking their data security strategies to ensure that they aren’t the next ones making headlines. 

Hackers are only getting smarter and using cutting-edge technology, like artificial intelligence (AI), which means businesses need to step up their security game.

Over the next 10 years, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that jobs in information security will grow by 31%, which is significantly faster than the rate of growth for all jobs (4%) or computer jobs (11%).

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Why AI Will Replace Some Jobs and Others Will Stick Around

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) to streamline workflows and processes accelerated the exit of many workers across multiple industries, from manufacturing to customer service and more. The U.S. job market suffered when COVID-19 spread across the country in 2020 and more automation was used to help struggling businesses stay afloat. 

There are currently 10.7 million unemployed people in the U.S. according to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report. With the end of the pandemic barely in sight, the unemployed are concerned they may never get their jobs back. Now, they also have the burden of worrying about potentially being replaced with AI-enabled machines and automation.

According to a report from the World Economic Forum, 85 million jobs will be replaced by machines with AI by the year 2025. While that may sound like a terrifying statistic, don’t worry. The same report states that  97 million new jobs will be created by 2025 due to AI. So yes, AI will replace some jobs, but others are either here to stay or will be created anew thanks to artificial intelligence.

Here’s why AI will replace some jobs, why it won’t replace all jobs and what you can do to best prepare yourself for the jobs of the future.

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Fastest Growing Jobs in Tech That You Need To Get Into

In 2005, when the internet was still in its nascent stage, there were about 1 billion users around the world. In a single decade, that number doubled to reach 2 billion. Fast forward five short years to 2020 and there are 4.66 billion active internet users according to Statista.

As the fourth industrial revolution continues to flourish (and our internet usage stats suggest), technological innovation is not going to decline anytime soon. 

Even with the economy flagging in the wake of COVID-19, the tech industry is still expected to reach $5 trillion in 2021 and grow an additional 5% by 2024 according to CompTIA’s IT Industry Outlook 2021

That continued growth signifies that there will be even more available tech jobs on the market in 2021 and beyond. One of the best ways to snag one of those new openings is to upskill with an online course.

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Top Companies that Hired Udacity Graduates

A Udacity Nanodegree program helps prepare learners for the new world of work, and many Udacity graduates go on to land their dream jobs with top companies around the world.

Let’s take a look at some of the top companies that have hired Udacity grads. 

But first, let’s review what a Udacity Nanodegree program is and why it’s so attractive to both employers and job seekers.

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How to Get Employable Skills Without “On-the-Job” Experience

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It’s a common conundrum. You’ve worked hard, learned a lot, and are ready to take on your next professional challenge. But…no one will hire or promote you because you don’t have the right work experience. But you can’t get the right experience because no one will give you a shot. The cycle never ends. 

Regardless of whether you’re switching fields, just starting your career, or gunning for your next promotion, if you find yourself stuck in the “work experience” gridlock, you must create your own experiences to make up for it.

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Designing a New Path – Melissa Hui, Udacity Instructor

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Some people have such an innate understanding of a subject that being in their very presence makes you feel like you’re learning something, almost through osmosis. Udacity Instructor, Melissa Hui, is one of those people. Talking to her is a revelation. Melissa is the founder and principal of Context Leap, an agency specializing in employing human-centered design to help organizations manage culture transformation, empower leadership, and discover how to work in more productive, creative, and innovative ways.

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