By Teachers, For Teachers
As a teacher it is our job to make sure that all of our students are well-equipped to go out into the real world once they are done with their academic career. In order to be a successful citizen in this digital age, that means teaching skills that our students must know to survive in this ever-changing world. Since our lives are made up of scouring the Internet, and checking our texts and emails, it’s only fitting that LinkedIn has combed through its database to determine which skills employers are hiring for today, and not surprisingly, mobile development, integration software, and computing is on the top of the list. By knowing what employers are looking for today, we can be teaching skills that our students will be on the right track by getting them ahead of the game and teaching them these most important sought-after skills.
Here are a few of the top skills employers are hiring for today and how we can teach our students these skills so they are in-the-know for their future.
It’s no surprise that the demand for mobile development is on the rise: Just look at how many users are operating mobile devices! Many school districts are even implementing coding into their curriculums to make sure that their students have these important skills sets that will be needed for their future. Take a look at this short film from Apple about the importance of coding for kids. They developed a program that allows anyone to be able to learn, write, and teach code. If you want your students to have this skill set, then watch this brief film that will show you how you can do just that.
SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, and (SEM), Search Engine Marketing, have gained popularity since the start of the Internet. Being able to grab the top spot on Google ensures that readers will see your articles. Research shows that by 2019, most of the worlds’ population will be using the internet, so this skill set will be needed and in demand for some time. Try starting off by teaching students how search engines work, then you can use and modify this beginner’s guide on SEO to show students how to get traffic to a site. Another way for students to understand how search engines work and how to market them is to have them come up with their own make-believe site and put on a presentation on using the beginner’s guide mentioned above.
Have you ever come across an app where the interface and design was not only user friendly and beautiful, but easy to navigate through as well? Interface design is yet another skill set that is here to stay. The ability to improve a user’s experience on their mobile device is in-demand and can make you up to $70,000, says Payscale.com. A great way to show students how to navigate their way through this skill set is to have them play Minecraft. This game is not only educational, but it also helps students understand how to build things as well.
Cloud and data computing are yet again on the top of the list of skills that students will need if they want to find a job in the tech world. These skills are high in demand because they are on the cutting edge of technology right now. If you don’t know what cloud computing is, then think of your iPhone. Every iPhone has a “Cloud” which stores and manages your data in the “Air” rather than on a local or personal server. Payscale shows that you can make upwards of about $130,000 a year for this skill set. If you want your students to test their skills at cloud computing, then they can on the Google Cloud Platform. Here students can take quizzes and prepare themselves for certification of general knowledge of the cloud.
Do you have any students who are particularly creative, artistic or really good problem solvers? These students may just be the ones who need to get into web development. Web development is, and will be, in high demand. A great way to show students this skill set is to have them create a classroom website. Here they will be able to create a site from the ground up and gain the knowledge they need in order to help them in the future.
These five skill sets are meant to give you a little insight into what employers are looking for today, as well as in the future. If you start to introduce these skills to your students now, then you can ensure that they will be ready to go into the work force in the future.
What skills do you think will be in demand in the future? Please share your comments in the section below, we would love to hear what you have to say on this topic.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds master's of science in education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com, TeachHUB Magazine, and Skyword. She was also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators, or contact her at Janellecox78@yahoo.com.