Adding technology skills to your resume is a great way to future-proof your career — even if you’re not a full-time IT professional. Read on to learn about five skills worth developing in 2023.

You may not consider yourself a technology professional, but you almost certainly use technology in your profession. The World Economic Forum predicts that 97 million tech-focused positions will be created globally by 2025. Furthermore, more than one billion people will need upskilling or reskilling to keep up with technological advances.

Whether you’re part of that one billion or someone with a foothold in the IT industry, consider acquiring or sharpening these five skills in 2023.

1. coding

Coders use programming languages to instruct computer systems. After you know how to code in one language, such as Python or JavaScript, it becomes easier to learn others.

Coding skills are essential for several of today’s hot jobs. Clearly, you can’t become a Python or JavaScript developer without mastering those languages. However, even a basic knowledge of programming languages can boost your problem-solving skills and help you communicate effectively with technical teams. Beginner programmers can even create apps and automations using low-code tools

2. software development lifecycle (SDLC) methodologies

SDLC methodologies standardize the process of software development according to clearly defined principles and best practices. With the right methodology, teams can bring a product to market in a fast, cost effective and transparent way.

Over the past few years, methodologies like Agile and DevOps.have emerged as key skills for technology professionals, from software engineers to project managers. But their impact has also reverberated beyond the IT sector. Agile principles like “Build projects around motivated individuals” and “Simplicity is essential” are shaping company cultures and team practices everywhere. That’s why proficiency in one or more SDLC methodologies is a highly transferable skill.

3. cloud computing

Our reliance on cloud computing — platforms and applications that use networks of remote servers to store, manage and process data — skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, the sector is expected to generate an eye-watering $600 billion in revenue in 2023. 

Gain a competitive edge by acquiring a certification in cloud platforms such as Azure, AWS or Google Cloud. Working towards these qualifications will also give you a grounding in cybersecurity, one of the fastest-growing fields in tech. And if you’re looking for a role that’s likely to be in high demand for the next 10 years, consider reskilling as a cloud engineer.

4. data analytics

This is the process of exploring and analyzing large datasets to identify patterns, trends, correlations and insights. Since data-driven solutions are now applied on an everyday basis across a wide range of fields, including marketing, HR and healthcare administration, you don’t need to be a data scientist to benefit from data-crunching skills.

5. emotional Intelligence (EQ)

Why have we listed this as a tech skill? Because the further you advance in any career, the more your soft skills will be the factor differentiating you from your peers.

By developing your emotional intelligence, which encompasses skills like self-awareness, active listening and empathy, you can thrive as both a team player and leader and contribute to a more positive company culture. Working well with machines can make you successful. Working well with machines and people can take you to the top. 

Want to know more about how these skills can set you up for a career with a bright future? Check out our list of the most in-demand jobs for 2023.