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Those who are fortunate enough to attend schools and universities know the importance of education in our time. A world which is governed by high-end corporations is a very competitive place for someone who’s educated.

But one thing people forget is that these corporations consistently require people to operate their day to day functions. Which is why some people spend years of their lives acquiring skills which are required by these businesses. The more skills you have, the better your chances of doing well and eventually earning well too.

In today’s time, in the job market, there are thousands of applicants who go unnoticed because their field is so diverse. You may be a Business graduate who walks into a room where 20 others with the same degree as you are waiting for an interview. So it pays to have a skill that isn’t exactly common. The less the competition, the more your chances of finding a well-paid job for it.

Here is a list of 10 job skills that are highly wanted in our competitive market. Not only that, but these are the skills the will only grow in in demand over time. So it’s a good idea to start investing time in them.

10. SEO/SEM Marketing

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As technology took over our lives, it affected the business world as well. Multiple businesses have grown to billions in capital simply because they adapted with the changing times. This also gave rise to a new field. With the rise of online or E-commerce businesses, the fields of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine <arketing (SEM) came into existence. Marketing has always been an important field of business, with high demand, but now businesses are beginning to look for individuals who can market their product to the online audience.

9. JAVA

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Earlier we talked about technology taking over the world. But what does it mean exactly? It means that machines now control the major aspects of our lives. From manufacturing tools all the way to the phone in your pocket. But everything requires a certain framework or foundation in order to work properly. And machines like this require coding. So if you’re a Java certified coder and can write Java, then you’re in luck. In statistics, coders make approximately $75’000 a year. And they can even work as freelancers.

8. Mobile Development

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Ever wonder how you access Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat using your phone? Well, you use apps. But you already knew that, but developing and maintaining these apps is a task on its own, something not everyone can do. Making these apps requires a certain skill, one that comes through learning and practice. To put things into perspective for you, Snapchat was once just an app, now it’s worth billions of dollars and the founders/inventors are also billionaires.

7. Communication/Persuasion/Negotiators

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Communication in the day to day aspects is something that comes to people naturally. But to the surprise of many, this is a skill that can be studied and mastered to land yourself a pretty stable and well-paying job. How is it applicable? Well, you need to know how to persuade people to buy your product, or negotiate a deal with a client, or learn how communication can work in your favor. There are multiple applications.

6. Presenting and Analyzing Data

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Understanding and delivering that understanding to an audience is a gift not many have. If you’re someone who has a deep understanding of the numeric data of anything, then you’re in luck. Companies pay big bucks to those who can analyze and understand the complex data systems used in today’s time.

5. Cybersecurity Experts

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Security has always been one of the most important factors in the world. Be it the security of your house, laptop or the security of a Fortune 500 company. The main point is, everybody needs security in one form or another. News has always circulated about hacks on cyber giants of our time, and them losing precious data and assets. So it’s only natural that companies pay well to those who make their security framework strong.

4. Artificial Intelligence

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All tech giants emphasize the importance of Artificial Intelligence in our time. Most famous of all examples is Mark Zuckerberg, who’s one investor desperately pushing for implementation and research in this field. The public has different opinions on it though. Some favor it, yet some can’t help but link it to some plot from the Terminator franchise. But regardless, the field of AI is limited, which means those who have knowledge about it, are highly in demand.

3. Social Intelligence and Literacy of New Media

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Sure, this list is dominated by tech-related skills but those aren’t the only ones which are important. In fact, if its one thing machines cannot do, it is that they cannot understand humans at a cultural or emotional level. Which is why someone who’s skilled in cross-culturing or social techniques will be high in demand. These people will help organizations increase the productivity of the employees within an organization.

At the same time, understanding of how different New Media outlets work, and how to effectively utilize them is also very high in demand. Organizations will pay big money to those who can master these skills.

2. Leadership and Managing People

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If you’re someone whose best skill is getting others to work towards something or become a guiding hand then the future is bright for you. It’s important to keep everyone motivated in an organization, and the best way to do that is by a good leader. Someone who’s able to safely push people towards liking their jobs. Again, not a tech related skill, but highly valued in the corporate sector.

1. Cloud Computing

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Database skills, professional computing, and understanding will allow you to bank a cool $92’000 a year at least. And this is just market research. Companies value individuals who are able to understand complex data systems such as Linux before they’re hired. So it actually does pay to be a computer geek, and it pays very well.

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