7 Of The Most Profitable Skills To Learn In 2021
Feeling like it’s time to evolve? You’ve arrived at the right place. Maybe you’re trying to learn a new skill to create a new income stream. Or maybe trying to fulfil your new year’s resolution in the 3rd and 4th quarters of the year. Whatever the reason is, keep reading for a head start on your progress. Here are 7 of the most profitable skills to learn in 2021.
1. Digital Marketing
Digital Marketing is a special one out of this bunch of profitable skills. Here’s why: It’s futuristic in the sense of the variety of skills that it contains to make it up
- SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)
- Social Media Marketing
- Content Marketing
- Data Analysis
- PPC (Pay Per Click)
Plus, after the world stopped (literally) in March 2020, Digital Marketing’s importance catapulted. It became the main form of marketing that people would be in contact with. Especially since the pandemic had us glued to our screens. Regardless, people still had things to buy and purchases to make. Not to mention, businesses had to be in survival mode unexpectedly. So, at a point, if you wanted to make a purchase, 9 times out of 10 it would’ve had to be via e-commerce and you would’ve seen Digital Marketing content along the way.
On top of that, it’s versatile. If you’re at a crossroads in your career (e.g. finishing college and wondering what to do next), Digital Marketing gives you quite a few options, you could study it as an apprentice or as a degree and in more ways too. Sidenote: If you have just finished college or are at a crossroads in your check out our ‘The Apprentice Journey‘ blog. It’ll got useful tips to take advantage of!
2. Video Filming and Editing
There’s a lot of new doors leading to opportunity in the digital world. Content is the key that unlocks them. That’s why video filming and editing is one of the profitable skills that’s becoming a more and more important ally. With the rise of platforms such as Instagram, people are dying to be fed with video content. Not to mention, with technology’s ever-going evolution, the effects you can use only seem more true-to-life.
Trying to save money? You’d have some spare stacks of cash if you were able to handle your own video filming and editing. Some people will hire a separate person to handle the filming and another for the editing. Even if you decided to not do it for yourself or your company anymore, it’s still a skill that easily leads to a new revenue stream. Therefore, the long-term benefits are in your favour.
The skills you need to be a video and film editor include:
- Attention to detail
- Communication and media
- Production and processing
- Networking – You don’t necessarily need this skill but if you have it, it makes a drastic difference
- Basic IT skills and drive to develop them
3. Graphic Design
Got a good eye for visuals? Can no one see what you can in your mind? Express your visual uniqueness on a digital canvas and let the money gravitate to you. If you have a passion for designing visuals, you’ll make more money because it’ll be about doing what you love as opposed to financial gain.
Plus, you can be global with it if you want to. You’re not limited to one city, country or even continent. So, it won’t hold you back if you feel the need to make movements and spread your wings. Even if you do designs for someone or a company, you can still find creative freedom and create work for yourself and sell that content too (freelancing). Isn’t that cool, 2 income streams 1 job! 2 birds, 1 stone.
You’re not under threat either. This is one of the profitable skills that a robot or machine can’t do. Well at least not yet or a while. A large number of job roles have already been replaced by robots.
Designing and branding are only becoming more important now. Remember when the pandemic first hit and if you wanted to buy it HAD to be online? More marketing visuals, designs and content were needed as there were more people to cater for. People who weren’t fans of online shopping had no choice but to adapt.
We live in a time where you can put your work out and it can be received by billions. Literally. Freelancing is an option if you want to design in a concrete jungle or a literal one. And the degree route is available too, then you can take it up a notch and do your masters.
Not to mention, you can vent in your work and get paid for it. So, if someone grinds your gears you can win with the cards you’re dealt. Lemons into lemonade mode. The career path is varied so you can switch directions whenever you please.
A good platform to learn the basics is Canva.
You, like myself, might be a walking melting pot of creativity. And you probably want to express that creativity in a futuristic/digital way. Coding allows you to do that. Plus, it won’t cost you your adaptability. I’ll elaborate: there’s an app for everything and you could end up coding an app according to the subject you want to create. It could be music, film, camera effects, you name it.
Looking at this decision from a monetary perspective? You can learn how to code without forking out loads of thousands.
I’m sure you’ve worked in a team at least a few times, so you’re likely to not be a stranger to group work. Why not be like Jenga and build on top of those skills.
Plus, your mindset will become more solution-based. You’ll become swift and quicker at spotting problems and looking at them with a problem-solving approach. So, you’re not just taking your career to the next level, you’re taking your brain to the next level.
5. Web Design
Ever liked the design, interface or aesthetic of a website so much that you wondered ‘How did they do THAT’? If you felt a wave of inspiration to create a website and innovate web designs to the next level, web design might stand out to you more than the other profitable skills. Plus, there’s a high demand for web developers. Tech companies are also making it a point for work to be an enjoyable experience for developers. So, you can create in comfort.
The career path is full of options as well. You could design for a company, stay, decide to grow within that company and get all the employee perks. Freelancing is another option if you want to completely be the captain of your web design ship. The responsibility for creating your company is in your hands. The long-term future in web design is promising no matter which route you take. Just remember to be strategic.
The careers for web developers include Back-end web developers, Front-end developers, Internet application developers, Web designers and Web architects.
What does it entail?
- Creating and testing applications for a website
- Integrate videos, music, audio and graphics in the webpage
- Collaborate with members of the team to create the site’s layout
- Code for the website (languages like HTML will be used)
- Observe and analyse website traffic
Just some of the opportunities that become on the horizon after learning web design include:
- Senior Web Designer
- UX Designer
- Web Art Director
- Senior UX Architect
Got away with words? Are you a high scorer when it comes to wordplay? If so, copywriting might stand out more than the other profitable skills.
What even is it?
Copywriting is one of the most crucial elements of advertising and marketing.
To switch it up, find out what copywriters write for in the clip below
Have you ever sent an e-mail? Have you ever posted on social media? If yes is the answer, congrats because you’ve already got experience in copywriting.
Plus, you have options with copywriting. Like graphic and web design you can freelance, so you can write in peace without feeling tied down. It’s 99% likely that if you’ve ever purchased online or offline, you were sold via copywriting. It’s also a well-paid career path if you’re in it for the long haul. Salaries tend to start from £20-25k and can go up to £90k for senior creatives with 10 years of experience or more.
- Analytical skills
- Resilience to accept criticism
- IT, administrative and proofreading skills
- Good research skills
- Team-working skills
7. Software Engineering
Ready to put your problem-solving skills to the test? Good, because the users of software and programmes regularly have something they want amended, improved or fixed. This is a good thing because as you keep making software updates, you as well as your audience will see how far you’ve come as your progress. Software engineering is the type of role that pushes you to become futuristic. Your innovative traits will naturally go to the forefront.
If you’re like me and see your time as money, you’ll want to save as much as possible. And you can. Just intend to make your solutions future proof!
Got growth on the agenda? It’s inevitable with software engineering. Technology’s continuously evolving and the learning opportunities are endless.
Also, you can bring the best of your ability and merge it with someone who’s bringing the best of their ability on collaboration projects. And I’m not just talking about members in the same department. Cross-functional working lets you get insight from other perspectives.
Feeling the creative vibes? You can get creative with the codes and solutions you’ll be making. You can innovate so much your users will feel like they’re in 3021.
Plus, you can study it as a degree or even do it in an apprenticeship so you have an extra element of freedom.
Hopefully, you came across a skill that’ll take you out of your comfort zone. Or maybe give you a bit of pressure, that’s where the diamonds get formed under. Who knows? Doing one skill might lead to another. Being a software engineer is actually on some versions of the web designer career path for example. So be inspired and start forging your own path, unique to you and you ONLY.
Comment below which of these profitable skills stood out the most!