The most in-demand professions in digital



The future of work? It is increasingly tech: let's take a look at the most in-demand professions in the digital sector.

Digitalisation is an unstoppable process, passing through the world of work (such as the dizzying growth of the smartworking phenomenon), online education and distance learning, cashless payments and countless other things that affect our daily lives, such as the development of e-commerce. A process of digital expansion and transaction that requires increasingly specialised professionals.

The most in-demand professions in digital

Several researches reveal what these are, including the white paper - 'Digitalisation as a synonym for international competitiveness: challenges and opportunities in the ICT labour market' - produced by Epicode, an edu-tech company, and SWG, a market research institute. This is because talking about digitalisation today is more urgent than ever: while on the one hand - in fact - there is great ferment and there are realities that express the desire to emerge in order to face the challenges of the future, on the other hand there is the need to provide these realities with a system that can support them and accompany them towards a transition that affects the entire socio-economic fabric.

At stake is the country's competitiveness on the global stage. The research by the Epicode-SGW observatory analyses the world of digital professions and takes a snapshot of career opportunities in the tech sector. It is no coincidence that, among the areas of expertise that companies say they would most like to develop in the coming years, in first place are technical digital skills applied to technology (32%). In second position is communication and marketing (22%) and at 21% we also find the managerial area of management control, certifications and digital activities in support of business and marketing.




Key competencies for the near future

Epicode's research focused on the tech figures most sought after by companies. These are professionals who have become key precisely in facilitating the technological transition of companies, and who can earn very generous salaries, precisely because of their specialisation. Digital skills include Cybersecurity (57%), Cloud systems management (42%), IoT implementation (36%), Web Development (35%) and Machine Learning (34%).




The most sought-after tech professions

These are all professions that have to do with the impetuous growth of artificial intelligence and machine learning, the new programming methods that allow computers and robots to learn information from data: web developer, machine learning specialist, cloud architect, cyber security manager, data scientist/data analyst, and system administrator. The sectors that are getting more equipped with these profiles are services, finance, telecommunications, pharma and healthcare. In the ideal labour market, therefore net of any rigidity or misalignment between supply and demand, the possession of an ad hoc Stem degree - in computer science, engineering or web design - would represent for 68% of the interviewed companies a fundamental requirement in hiring a Web Developer.

In practice, however, more than 1 out of 2 companies (54%) among those currently employing at least one Web Developer claim to have experienced difficulties in recruiting Stem graduate coders, difficulties that increase significantly (86%) among those who make the possession of such a degree an essential hiring criterion, to the point of not considering alternative hypotheses. Today, 75% of the companies interviewed among those that already collaborate with at least one Web Developer declare that they have 'hybrid' figures in their workforce, who come from technical-scientific backgrounds that are not strictly related to coding disciplines, or even from humanistic backgrounds or in any case very 'atypical' for this profession.

Ivan Ranza, CEO of Epicode, commented on the paper as follows: "We believe it is essential to continue the work of raising awareness on issues related to digital education and the opportunities that will open up in the world of technology. The paper shows, for example, that even STEM degrees fail to train people fully in line with the needs of companies. It will be necessary to update the training models of traditional schools at various levels, which today do not provide adequate tools and skills to support the choice of a career in the Tech sector. For this reason, experiences such as the bootcamp schools were created to increase the supply in digital professions, offering an alternative to tertiary education paths'.