Simplilearn, a global e-learning provider, released the results of a New Year’s resolution-themed contest they recently conducted, results that shed light on the technology skills most sought after by high-tech professionals, career seekers and other learners in 2019. Courses in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning, Data Science and Business Intelligence (BI), and Project Management topped the list of the most-desired skills participants selected as their preferred focus of future training. The complete results, ranked in order of preference of technology categories, are shown below.
Using the hashtag #NewYearNewOpportunity, Simplilearn hosted the contest on its Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram social media channels for 24 days. The contest invited participants to indicate which courses they thought would be most beneficial to their careers. More than 500 people participated in the contest. 55.4 percent of entries were from India, followed by the U.S. and other geographies with 6.8 percent and 37.8 percent respectively.
In addition to selecting their preferred category of training, participants were asked to submit entries in the form of an essay, video, photo collage, song or other creative project. The best four entries won a free Simplilearn online training course of their choice. Winners were selected based on the quality and creativity of their entries.
Listed in order of preference, the results below show the technology categories selected by the contestants and by what percentage they were chosen:
|Technology Category Selected||Percentage Chosen|
|AI & Machine Learning||22.4%|
|Data Science & BI||17.2%|
|IT Service and Architecture||4.4%|
The four winners have chosen selected Agile Scrum Foundations, Digital Project Manager Master’s Program, and Machine Learning Certification Training as their preferred courses, which they are eligible to begin immediately.
“We were impressed by the overwhelming participation in this contest,” said Kashyap Dalal, Co-founder and Chief Business Officer, Simplilearn. “The response shows not only the huge demand for skills training today, but also highlights that the new and quickly-evolving technologies of AI and data science are foremost in the minds of professionals and career seekers alike.”