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What are hybrid skills and hybrid jobs?

by Emily Gorsky

The rapid advancement of technology and digitalisation over the last few years has heavily impacted the professional landscape. The way we are expected to work is changing in ways that most of us never thought possible.

Just a few decades ago, developing a handful of inter-related skills was all that was required to succeed in any given role. But today, we’re seeing a greater instance of hybrid jobs—jobs that require two different sets of skills.

A study by the Pew Research Center found that professions requiring a combination of social and analytical skills were in higher demand and pay a higher salary than those that only require technical abilities.

The rest of the world, including Australia, have quickly caught on to the benefits of hiring candidates who possess a wide range of skills, which is why having a hybrid skillset can be very valuable for today’s job seeker.

Let’s take a closer look at what hybrid jobs and skills are and how they might appear in the context of the modern workplace.

The hybrid skills that tomorrow’s jobs will require

Research conducted by analytics software company, Burning Glass Technologies, defines hybrid jobs as those that are specialist technical roles that also require skills from different fields, including business, design, and user experience. They can also include soft skills such as interpersonal communication and experience working in a collaborative team environment.

According to their 2019 report, these types of jobs are growing at double the rate of the overall job market. Hybrid job salaries are 20-40% higher. Hybrid jobs are not limited to tech roles; they can be found in almost any industry.

Hybrid jobs are effectively immune to automation—they can only be performed by people, not machines. The research even shows that 42% of all jobs will be automated in the future, but only 12% of truly hybrid jobs can be automated.

Here are some hybrid skills that are becoming increasingly sought after:

  1. Experience with digital tools and digital technology
    Understanding how to use the latest digital tools is imperative to many professionals, even in fields outside of technology. For example, marketing managers with knowledge in SQL (Structured Query Language) can earn 41% more than those who do not know this programming language.

  2. Analytics and data
    High paying jobs in sales and customer service require knowledge in analytics and data interpretation.

    The availability of data in marketing and public relations has meant that the advertising industry now requires its workers to interpret and analyse data and apply it in a creative capacity.

  3. Business and management
    Business management is an important skill for IT professionals who want to stay competitive. One in three IT jobs ask for management and business skills, and professionals with these skills earn 19% more than purely technical roles.

    Jobs in computer science and data analytics now require strong writing and creative problem-solving skills, as well as teamwork skills and the ability to collaborate.

  4. Thinking like a creative
    Design experience is becoming well sought after in those who work in IT with 54% of jobs in this field requiring digital design skills. Roles in user experience or other types of design are seeing a 35% growth every year.

Are you ready for the rise of hybrid jobs?

Preparing for a hybrid job market means preparing for the future. Gaining the right skills and experience is vital to thrive in tomorrow’s workplace. If you’re ready to take the leap, Open Colleges’ online courses can provide you with the right knowledge to pursue a hybrid role in an industry you’re passionate about.

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