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Each year, the nation’s job market becomes more competitive, so applicants must have increasingly strong professional skills to stand out from all the other candidates. 

In recent years, there has been an emphasis on having skills in emerging job fields such as technology, analytics, and emotional intelligence. Now, as we turn our calendars to 2024, here is a list of the top 4 job skills for 2024 that can help keep your resume near the top of the stack on a hiring manager’s desk.  

1: Cybersecurity 

In 2023, companies nationwide experienced an average of 130 security breaches, according to PurpleSec, a blog dedicated to cybersecurity awareness and solutions. 

With cyber-attacks at an all-time high, learning how to prevent attacks and use cybersecurity software to implement solutions to security breaches is a skill many employers are looking for. 

Our Cybersecurity Bootcamp teaches you the principles of computer networking and Microsoft, Cloud, and Linux security. After completing 12 specialized courses and 400 hours of in-class instruction, you can show potential employers that you have what it takes to fight off cybercriminals. 

2: Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning 

Artificial intelligence has drastically changed in the past year and become even more of our day to day personal and professional lives. When it comes to working in the field, it takes more than just knowing how to put a prompt in Chat GPT and get an instant response. The field of AI is growing fast as is the demand for experience artificial intelligence and machine learning professionals. 

If you want to show employers how much you know about artificial intelligence, consider earning a certificate or other credential in the field Whether it provides security, data, or cost-saving benefits, understanding what artificial intelligence can do and how to use it can give you a leg up when applying for jobs.

3: Data Analytics 

Being able to collect and analyze information is a necessary skill in nearly every industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is an expected growth rate of 35% in the field of data analytics over the next decade. With that massive growth rate, now is the time to sharpen your data science and analytics skills. 

We offers several programs that help you become an expert data analyst, including: 

  • Data Science and Analytics Professional Bootcamp: This program consists of 406 hours of instruction, 12 specialized courses, three projects and test-prep workshops. It is beneficial if you’re an aspiring data scientist with minimal experience. 
  • Data Science Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: This certificate program is ideal if you’re a data scientist looking to advance your career or enroll in graduate school. You can finish your courses online in just 10 months. 
  • Master of Science in Big Data Analytics: This master’s degree program is for big data professionals who are looking to grow their careers into leadership or senior roles within various industries. Courses are held online and cover topics like database theory, computational linguistics, machine learning engineering, and more. 

4: User Experience (UX) Design  

User experience (UX) design is the process of developing digital content that is user-friendly and easy to navigate. According to Columbia Engineering, UX design includes many elements of branding, design, usability, and function.

User-friendliness is a critical component of any business’s website or digital presence. According to Eleken, a user interface and design agency, 32% of customers claim they would stop supporting a business after one negative interaction. Additionally, studies have found that high-quality UX design can increase conversation rates by up to 400%, according to Eleken

You can earn an Advanced Certificate in Web and Mobile Application development through SDSU Global Campus. In addition to learning about UX design, you’ll also get to learn about programming languages, hosting infrastructure, multi-platform development, and more. You can earn the certificate in two semesters and finish your courses online. 

5: Project Management

Project managers help ensure that tasks are completed on time, on budget, and up to standards, making them a vital part of any business. 

Project management skills can be applied to work as a project manager, but the knowledge earned can be applied more broadly to other roles in most companies and organizations. Many employers prioritize a candidate who can show their ability to complete tasks efficiently and collaborate with others, so having project management as part of your professional skill set can pay off in many ways. 

You can earn a Professional Certificate in Project Management online through SDSU Global Campus. In the program you’ll get to learn about project management tools, methodologies, and management styles online and finish the program in 12 months, setting you up for success in 2024 and beyond!