The Most In-demand STEM skills for 2024

Sarah Wall

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With 2024 fast approaching, the landscape of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers continues to evolve rapidly. In this blog, we’ll explore the top STEM skills expected to be in high demand in the coming year:

1. DATA SCIENCE & ANALYTICS:

 

Data science and analytics jobs are expected to be at the forefront of STEM job demand in the upcoming year. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment in this field will increase by 35% from 2022 to 2032, a rate significantly higher than the average for all occupations.

Therefore, enhancing data analysis, machine learning, and statistical modeling skills can enhance a job seeker’s prospects. These sought-after skills can be developed through online courses, workshops, and certifications on platforms like Coursera and edX. Also, be sure to check out Techopedia’s list of the 10 best Data Science courses and certifications for 2024.

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STEM skills for 2024

 

2. CYBERSECURITY:

 

With the escalating frequency and sophistication of cyber threats, the demand for cybersecurity professionals is soaring. You can boost your profile with certifications like the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).

As we move into 2024, we expect to see an increase in demand for professionals skilled in generative artificial intelligence and machine learning. There is still a great need for soft skills, especially good communication skills. Skills such as cloud knowledge, identity and access management (IAM), threat detection, and effective communication have been highlighted by the (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study as key skills, as we move into 2024.

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3. SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT & PROGRAMMING:

 

Despite a post-pandemic drop in the demand for Software Development and Programming skills, and many hiring freezes across the globe in 2023, the demand for software developers and programmers is expected to bounce back with a vengeance as we move into 2024. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 26% increase in employment for software developers over the next 10 years.

Jobseekers should focus on honing their skills in programming languages such as Python, the third-most used language in 2023, according to Statista. Java, JavaScript, C++, Kotlin and C# will remain extremely popular. Being involved in open-source projects, contributing to coding communities on platforms like GitHub, and staying on top of the latest development tools and frameworks are essential for thriving in this dynamic field.

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4. BIOTECHNOLOGY & LIFE SCIENCE:

 

Several factors are propelling the biotechnology and life sciences industry into unprecedented growth as technology and biology intersect.

Genetics has become a catalyst for this surge, especially in customized medicines.Our understanding of genetic intricacies has deepened, making it possible to tailor treatments to individual patients, which requires a skilled workforce. Additionally, the collaborative innovation between numerous life science companies has created an environment where breakthroughs in drug research are speeding up.

With the sheer volume of life science research, we need a skilled workforce to keep these initiatives going. Enhanced digital assessment, diagnosis, and patient treatment methods are reshaping healthcare, requiring a workforce that knows how to use the latest tech.

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Top STEM skills for 2024

 

5. AI & MACHINE LEARNING:

 

As discussed throughout this blog, AI and machine learning continue to be transformative, driving innovation across a huge range of industries. But for those looking to enter or step up in this field, there are a few ways that you can make your profile more attractive to hiring managers in 2024;

Python, Java, and AI-centric libraries and frameworks like TensorFlow are becoming essential programming skills. and for building ever-increasingly adaptive AI models, a strong foundation in math and statistics is essential. Skills in natural language processing and computer vision are in high demand for applications in language understanding and visual interpretation. You’ll also need data science and analysis skills if you’re going to get insights from massive datasets.

Lastly, people with strong soft skills, like effective communication and collaboration, are increasingly valuable for cross-disciplinary AI projects.

 

 

NEXT STEPS…

 

We hope that this blog has given you an insight into the In-demand STEM skills for 2024. As a global STEM recruiter committed to connecting talent with innovative organizations, please reach out to us in the new year if you have any career or hiring needs. Whether you’re a jobseeker looking to enhance your skill set or an business seeking top-tier STEM professionals, our team is here to assist you.

From everyone at Darwin, we wish you a prosperous year ahead.