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Digital Skills in Demand by Employers


Are you getting the sense that you need to be improving your digital skills ?

Recently we held a Emerging Industries and Workforce Needs Workshop with representatives from Industry, School Careers Coordinators and Educators and presenters from James Cook University, Tafe North Queensland , Cubic Defence, Rising Sun FVP, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Tei Services, Queensland Signage Solutions, Queensland Government and the Global Tropic Futures Project.

The message was very clear....Workplaces and jobs across all industries and job titles are evolving quickly.

If you fit one of these categories you should be considering how and what you need to be looking at to improve your knowledge and skills in digital technologies.

  • Students looking to develop industry in demand skills.
  • People wanting to stay relevant for their changing job needs
  • Individuals looking for a career or industry shuffle
  • SME businesses trying to adopt evolving technologies and remain competitive 
  • Consumers challenged by the changing business models of their suppliers and businesses they 

We went to one of the most topical evolutions in technology in the media today ChatGPT to ask the question "Hey CHatGPT can you write me an informative article on the key digital skills in demand by employers. I got to say its pretty spot on and you can find courses on all of these on FutureSkills4U. (Find out more information and register here)

Here is what ChatGPT had to Say

Sure! Here's an informative article on the key digital skills in demand by employers.

In today's fast-paced, technology-driven world, digital skills have become a prerequisite for success in almost every industry. Employers are constantly seeking candidates who possess relevant digital skills to stay competitive and adapt to the ever-evolving digital landscape. Whether you're a recent graduate, a seasoned professional, or someone looking to switch careers, acquiring and honing digital skills can greatly enhance your employability. Let's take a closer look at some of the key digital skills that are in high demand by employers.

  1. Data Analysis and Interpretation: Data has become the new gold, and organizations across various sectors are relying heavily on data-driven decision-making. Employers are looking for professionals who can analyze and interpret data to extract insights and drive strategic decisions. Proficiency in tools such as Excel, Tableau, Power BI, or programming languages like Python and R can give you an edge in the job market.

  2. Digital Marketing: With the rise of social media and online advertising, digital marketing has become an essential skill for businesses to reach their target audience. Employers are seeking candidates who are well-versed in various digital marketing strategies such as search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), content marketing, social media marketing, email marketing, and analytics. Familiarity with marketing automation tools, social media management tools, and Google Analytics can make you a valuable asset for any marketing team.

  3. Cybersecurity: As organizations store and handle vast amounts of sensitive data digitally, cybersecurity has become a critical concern. Employers are seeking professionals who can safeguard their digital assets from cyber threats such as hacking, data breaches, and malware attacks. Skills in network security, encryption, risk assessment, and incident response are highly sought after. Industry-recognized certifications such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) can boost your employability in the cybersecurity field.

  4. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML): The field of AI and ML is rapidly expanding, and employers are looking for professionals who can harness the power of these technologies to drive innovation. Familiarity with programming languages like Python or Java, knowledge of ML frameworks like TensorFlow or PyTorch, and experience in data modeling and statistical analysis are valuable skills. Proficiency in natural language processing, computer vision, and deep learning can be an added advantage.

  5. Project Management: With businesses increasingly relying on digital technologies for their operations, project management has become a critical skill. Employers are looking for professionals who can manage and lead digital projects effectively, ensuring timely delivery and optimal utilization of resources. Proficiency in project management methodologies such as Agile or Scrum, use of project management tools like Microsoft Project or Asana, and strong communication and leadership skills are highly desirable.

  6. User Experience (UX) Design: As businesses strive to create seamless digital experiences for their customers, UX design has gained significant importance. Employers are looking for candidates who can create intuitive and user-friendly interfaces that enhance customer satisfaction. Skills in wireframing, prototyping, usability testing, and interaction design, along with proficiency in design tools such as Sketch or Figma, can be a valuable asset in the job market.

  7. Cloud Computing: Cloud computing has become an integral part of modern business operations, and employers are seeking professionals who can manage cloud-based infrastructure and services. Familiarity with cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud, along with skills in cloud deployment, migration, and management, can give you a competitive edge.

  8. Digital Literacy and Adaptability: Finally, employers are looking for candidates who possess a strong foundation in digital literacy, including proficiency in basic computer skills, internet usage, and

More About the Program

The FutureSKills4U Rural and Regional Digital Skills program provides FREE access to rural and regional Queenslanders over the age of 12 to the Go 1 Learning Platform.

Here you can choose from thousands of online courses to study at your own pace. You can do as many or as few as you choose, it will be free.

This Queensland Government initiative is part of the Digital Professional Workforce Action Plan, which is working with industry and academia to give Queenslander’s access to digital skills training and the potential for a pathway to a digital career.