By ARTUR MEYSTER
The pandemic has changed our lives in one way or another. History will now be divided into two parts: before and after the COVID-19 outbreak. In this situation, one of the industries that suffer the least—and perhaps even gain a lot—is the tech industry. Many tech companies saw an increase in demand so high that they have more open positions than before. So if you weren’t sure before, this is the perfect moment to learn a tech skill. These are the skills that have been trending in the last few years and will continue to be after the pandemic is over.
With the social distancing measures that were in place in the last few months, there are many businesses that took a rough blow. Restaurants and nights clubs, for example, are having a hard time keeping afloat as they weren’t able to open to the public. This is where technology dubbed mixed reality can help. Museums around the world are already implementing virtual tours with VR and AR technologies and this can be applied in many other settings like music concerts, games, movies, virtual parties, and so on.
Even though many countries are being more flexible with quarantine measures, social distancing will continue for a while. Mixed reality can open many opportunities for companies who want to provide entertainment without the dangers of close contacts. This also translates to opportunities for mixed reality developers.
This skill can be learned in a game art program like the one that Game Art Institution offers. The course lasts 12 weeks and the course has limited seats. Students learn everything they need to know to develop mixed reality devices including 3D animation and environment creation. Also, any software developer or people with knowledge of C# and C++ can learn to be an AR/VR developer.
Data science has one of the biggest potentials between tech niches. But the most important one is probably data analytics, which can be applied to predict things like where and when disease outbreaks will occur. Even though there are already data science tools that are capable of doing these things, they haven’t reached the whole world. Mainly because they will need access to information that not all countries or organizations are willing to give.
However, after the pandemic, this situation could change. All countries are suffering the consequences of a highly contagious disease. Not only it has costed many lives, but many people are also dying and the economy is crumbling. All this will mean that international relationships will change and many will want to work together to try and prevent a similar situation from happening again. Data science will play a huge role, especially because it has many applications in healthcare.
Data analytics can be used not only to predict pandemic but to speed up the process of developing vaccines and cures for existing diseases. Data scientists are already making a difference in the world, but you could take part in the next tech revolution. This skill is also easy to learn via coding bootcamps that can give you all the necessary knowledge for the industry in just a few months.
As mentioned above, the pandemic situation has increased the presence of technology in our lives. Not only for entertainment but for essential activities, like using delivery apps instead of risking their health by getting groceries themselves. Many other businesses like clothing stores are transitioning or branching into an online avenue if they hadn’t done so before. This will increase the demand for tech professionals like web developers, front end and back end, UX designers, software engineers, and so on. Learning a programming language could increase the possibility to work in any of these positions.
The pandemic has changed many aspects of society and technology has come to save the day in some cases. This, in return, has increased the demand for tech professionals in the market. Data science, mixed reality, and programming languages are all great skills to learn if you are looking to make revolutionary changes in a world free of COVID-19.
Artur Meyster is the CTO of Career Karma (YC W19), an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps. He is also the host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, which features people with non-traditional backgrounds who broke into tech.