Skills of Mass Disruption: Pinpointing the 10 Most Disruptive Skills in Tech

By Burning Glass Technologies – Published in December 2020 in Burning Glass TechnologiesSubscribe to the WFMonitor eNewsletter

Burning Glass Technologies, another top-notch labor analytics software company, analyzed more than 17,000 in-demand, unique skills from its large database of job listings. 

From more than 1.7 million job posts, Burning Glass came up with ten disruptive tech skill clusters representative of employer job postings between December 2019 and November 2020. These disruptive tech skill clusters were projected to grow between 17% and 135% over the next five years, with Quantum Computing and Connected Technologies projected to grow the fastest. The other eight, in no particular order:

  • Software Development Methodologies
  • AI and Machine Learning
  • Cloud Technologies
  • Fintech
  • IT Automation
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Parallel Computing
  • Proactive Security

Burning Glass added that – no surprise – unicorn employers “are 33% more likely to request disruptive tech skills than legacy firms in the Fortune 100.” IT Automation and AI Machine Learning demand the highest salary premiums and are most dispersed across the professional services sectors, opposed to being concentrated in one industry, as is Quantum Computing.