What it is: Some of the fastest growing skills in demand involve Apple products.
If you want a job with a future, you probably won’t find that getting a degree in philosophy or English. Instead, your best chances involve something in the technology field such as programming. Not surprisingly, one huge skill growing in demand is knowledge of Final Cut Pro, which is used in film editing.
Film editing involves more than just movies and TV shows. Companies make corporate videos and commercials, and even small businesses need video to promote their products and services. If you know how to edit video using Final Cut Pro, you’ll have a much better chance of finding a job than if you study something less in demand like Greek history or the Swahili language.
Programming is always crucial so it’s not surprising that Swift programming skills is growing in popularity. Although you can create apps using other languages such as Microsoft’s C#, the native language of Apple’s operating systems is Swift. Swift is the future while Objective-C is the past. Since many older apps are written in Objective-C, knowledge of that programming language can also help you find a job, but knowledge of Swift is far more important. Combine the two and you’ll have the programming skills to create apps for any Apple product now and in the future such as the Apple Watch, the Macintosh, the iPhone, Apple TV, and iPad.
Another skill worth knowing is machine learning. Apple recently made machine learning an integral part of creating apps using Swift (or Objective-C) so machine learning can be important for programming as well as Swift and Objective-C skills.
With the iPhone becoming a standard in the corporate world and more businesses adopting the Macintosh and iPad, it’s a safe bet that knowing how to program any Apple product will be a sure way to maximize your chances of getting a job in the future. Best of all, you could easily start your own company because many people want to create apps for their business.
The future probably doesn’t lie in learning relatively obscure programming languages like Delphi, SmallTalk, or Prolog. Nor does the future belong to knowing how to program products with small market share like Windows Phone or BlackberryOS. Look to the technology leaders and that’s where the future lies. That includes Amazon, Google, and Apple. To a lesser extent that includes Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, and other heavyweights in the computing industry that are stable, but not necessarily driving the future.
It’s a safe bet to bet on Apple for your future. Just make sure you learn something useful and it really won’t matter what you learn just as long as you can create enough demand for your services.