Education Ecosystem, a leader in online project-based learning, identified the most sought-after technology skills of the second half (H2) of 2020. The results are based on the Education Ecosystem’s network traffic and projects requested and viewed. Overall, LEDU analyzed data from more than 2 million viewers from 1 July to 31 Dec. 2020.
Programming was the most in-demand technological skill. About 21% of the viewers specifically showed interest in programming with Python commanding the lion’s share. About 60% of the viewers interested in Python wanted to learn a new language in preparation for a career change, while 22% were planning to switch to Data Science. In essence, Python was used as a bridging skill.
Data Science and Artificial Learning, specifically Machine Learning, trailed closely behind Python as about 18% of the platform viewers were interested in each of those areas.
Interest in blockchain was largely steady in the third quarter and increased in Q4. The surge peaked in November and December as the year drew to a close. Of the 16% viewers that leaned towards blockchain, nearly half of them had a strong background in programming or artificial intelligence.
About 14% of the viewers were interested in cybersecurity. The surging interest in cybersecurity peaked in early H2 up until the end of the year mainly due to an increase in the number of people working or studying from home. The remaining 13% of the viewers were interested in game development. About 40% of the viewers interested in game development also viewed project-based learning content in blockchain development. They studied the creation of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), Ethereum ERC20-based tokens such as LEDU tokens, and the development of decentralized apps (Dapps). The ERC20-based tokens sparked the desire by developers to create new tokens that address several challenges. For its part, LEDU token provided a concrete incentivization mechanism in the project-based learning sector.
In conclusion, the observed trends reflect a growing number of young and professional developers making career changes as they want to improve in their marketability in an increasingly competitive labor market.
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Education Ecosystem is a project-based learning platform that teaches professional developers and students how to build real products in areas such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, cybersecurity, data science, game development, and programming. Content is organized around projects where students learn from watching experienced developers building practical products. Education Ecosystem uses the utility token LEDU to power its ecosystem.
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