Every era has its gold rush, with a set of hot jobs that go with it. A few decades ago and until very recently, the hottest jobs in the Middle East had a lot to do with oil. Nowadays, and thanks to technology and the internet, the hottest jobs are much more diverse. Because technology has changed people’s lives more than anything ever in the history, among these jobs are tech-related ones, but also sales and media. If you were thinking of a career shift soon, you will need to check this list and consider any jobs that interest you.

  • Javascript developer
  • Data Scientist
  • Sales & Business Development
  • Content Creator
  • Digital Marketer

Javascript Developer

Javascript now is the only programming language that is natively supported by all web browsers. And according to GitHub, javascript is the most popular programming language in the world today. It is a language that is needed in almost every single website. Companies like Facebook, Instagram, Airbnb, and Uber use Javascript to make their mobile applications.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), In 2016, there were over one million software developer jobs posted, with an expected increase of 24% by 2026 which is faster than the average of all occupations (7%).

We dug into our database, and we found that the growth rate of JavaScript developers occupations in Egypt throughout last year was 114%. While the whole software development is 93%. The more growth happens in the tech ecosystem, the more developers with pure Javascript and specific Javascript libraries and frameworks are demanded.

Growth rate of occupations throughout 2017

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Knowledge of javascript frameworks is a huge plus in almost all web programming jobs now. So becoming a javascript developer will increase your chances to find a convenient job in the future.

How can you become one?

A good programmer has nothing to do with formal education. A good programmer is eager to learn beyond what he had in college. As we always care to provide opportunities that put you on the right track, we collaborated with NTL (Next Technology Leaders), a new initiative led by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).

NTL initiative aims to certify young professionals through learning programs in business and technology 100% FREE. The programs are provided by top universities and hosted on the famous online platforms; Udacity, Coursera, and edX. Java Programming and Software Engineering Fundamentals Specialization course is offered by Duke University.

Data Scientist

With the explosion of data, the market now demands data science calibers, to help companies make better decisions with the help of analysis.

A study published in 2015 on the impact of big data analytics on organizations says that there is a potential value that is created through the use of data analytics. That is why companies are making significant investments in analyzing big data. These investments create many opportunities. Everybody is looking for that kind of talent that can take huge chunks of data and a few questions from companies stakeholders, and use data science techniques to answer these questions and make much better business decisions.

According to an IBM study, by 2020 the number of data science and analytics job openings are expected to grow by 15%. Which is higher than the average increase in all other sectors. In the USA, the demand for both data scientists and data engineers will grow by 39% by 2020, although the job opening remains open for 5 days longer than average. In Egypt, our analysis and data show promising opportunities for the field. The growth rate is 13% which is less than the international growth rate in data science job roles, but it is still more than the average in Egypt, compared to other job roles.

by 2020 the number of data science and analytics job openings are expected to grow by 15%

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How can you become one?

If you come from a mathematics or computer science background, a data science career is definitely a great choice for you in 2018. Check our late article on the topic.

Sales & Business Development

Salespeople are the ones who are responsible for building this relationship and to bridge the gap between potential customers’ needs and the product/services that an organization offers and how can they fulfill their needs to increase prospects.

At the end of the day, companies care about who is going to add a real value that raises profits. They value who are able to secure new businesses, close sales or gain new customers.

According to WUZZUF database, we found that the sales related job postings increased from July 2016 to July 2017 is 54% more than all job postings (above the normal growth of jobs on WUZZUF). To make sense of this big share for the sales career, sales job role is cross-industry; every industry and every business has to sell.

How can you become one?

There is a common misconception that great salespeople are born not made. In fact, selling is a skill and like any other skill, it can be learned and mastered. You can master this skill through MOOCs.

These are some skills that should be attained to be a good sales player:

  • Analytical skills: You must evaluate the needs of each client to determine the appropriate pitch.
  • Communication skills: You must be able to communicate effectively with customers by listening to their requests and suggesting suitable solutions.
  • Initiative: You need to actively seek out new customers in order to maintain a flow of leads, conversions, and commissions.
  • Self-confidence: You should be confident when making “cold” calls (calls to prospective customers whom they have not contacted before). You must speak clearly and persuasively and maintain your composure if rejected.

Content Creator

If the content is the king, then the content creator is the emperor. Brands and entities now don’t just advertise, they open conversation with their online fanbase. The internet is now all about consuming content, so to reserve a place for your brand, you have to create relevant engaging content that sticks. The question now is, can your content be this good to pull me away from the timeline and read/watch it?

Over a one year, the growth rate of content creators occupation on WUZZUF is 214%.

Over a one year, the growth rate of content creators occupation on WUZZUF is 125%.

How can you become one?

Northwestern University offers a good content creation course in content and advertising through Coursera.

And there are some skills needed to become a good content creator:

  • Writing skills: You must be able to write clearly and effectively to convey feeling and emotion and communicate with readers.
  • Adaptability: You need to be able to adapt to newer software platforms and programs, including various content management systems (CMS).
  • Creativity: You must be able to develop new interesting plots or ideas so they can come up with new stories and concepts.
  • Critical-thinking skills: You must have dual expertise in critical-thinking through or understanding new concepts, and conveying it through writing.
  • Persuasion: Especially in advertising, you must be able to persuade others to feel a certain way about a product or a service.
  • Social perceptiveness: You must understand how readers react to certain ideas to connect with your audience.

Digital Marketer

Once upon a time developing and implementing a marketing campaign was all about running ads on television and radio, and placing print ads on billboards and magazines. Today, companies face new challenges. They have to show presence on all digital platforms, where their target customers are active. This need to engage and analyze customer online behaviors created the field of digital marketing. With everything going online, fast and more convenient, marketing became more online, digital and data-driven.

Internationally, in 2016, digital marketing job roles growth rate was faster than the average by 2%.

In Egypt, digital marketing occupations grew by 151% from 2016 to 2017.

If this growth rate increases continuously over the next five years, you want to start discovering what should you do to become one!

How can you become one?

Start with Illinois University Digital Marketing program and get it 100% scholarship through NTL (New Technology Leaders) program. Check your eligibility here.

There are some skills needed to become a digital marketing specialist:

  • Analytical skills: You will deal with lots of data. You don’t have to be the one analyzing it, but surely you will read analysis reports and make decisions based on your account performance over digital media platform.
  • Strategic thinking: Based on data you analyzed you will need to make decisions. For example, on which platform should you invest in more ads? Which platform is killing your brand and doesn’t worth the time and effort crafting content for it? What is the next step to keep all your active digital accounts performing at their best?
  • Creativity: You will need to fire up your creative mind. You will craft concepts for campaigns and digital content direction of different types. The more creative your ideas, the more relatable and engaging your campaigns.
  • Responsiveness: You have to be responsive and attentive to your audience. A high response rate, means you care about your client and their fans/audience.
  • Copy & visual storytelling: A digital marketer might be a different version of a copywriter or a creative director, but surely they don’t have to have this background. What a marketer needs to know from the creative field is how to tell a story, people engage with stories rather than raw information, it is hard-wired in our brain.

Now we have introduced the most in-demand jobs, will you consider one day having one of them? Tell us in the comments below.

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