Skip to content

Terkel guest blog: Top 12 tech skills employers look for in 2023

From UX Design to Cloud Computing, here are 12 answers to the question, “What are the most important tech skills an employer should look for in candidates in 2023, and why?”

  • UX Design
  • Data Modeling
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR)
  • Full-Stack Development 
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cybersecurity
  • Collaboration Software
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Fundamental Knowledge
  • Low-code Platforms
  • Curiosity
  • Cloud Computing


UX Design

In 2023, the technology industry is expected to grow, and employers will seek candidates with the most in-demand tech skills. One of the best tech skills employers seek in candidates is UX design. This skill is crucial because it ensures that digital products are user-friendly and meet customers’ needs. 

A UX designer can create an intuitive and visually appealing interface to increase customer engagement and satisfaction. For example, a FinTech company hired a UX designer to improve its mobile banking app. The UX designer conducted user research, redesigned the app’s interface, and simplified its navigation. As a result, the app’s user retention increased by 25%, and customer satisfaction ratings improved significantly. This example highlights the importance of UX design in improving customer experience and business outcomes.

Ariel Westphal, Marketing Director, Net Pay Advance


Data Modeling 

The ability to develop and use data models is becoming more necessary. Employers are increasingly looking for data-driven decision-making, and having the ability to develop and use models to analyze data and make predictions can help candidates stand out.

Modeling tools like AI and GPT-3 are becoming more popular and will allow employers to make more accurate predictions, but they are also becoming increasingly expensive and complex to use. A candidate with the ability to develop and use data models using simpler and more affordable tools like Python and R will provide employers with the same benefits at lower costs.

Data models are becoming essential in many industries, from finance to healthcare. Being able to use data to inform decisions, identify trends, and make predictions can help employers save time and money, and provide better products and services. A candidate with the ability to develop and use data models can provide a significant advantage for employers in 2021.

Dustin Ray, Co-CEO and Chief Growth Officer, IncFile


Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR)

As virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) technologies are rapidly being used in different industries, including gaming, education, and healthcare, I believe that this level of innovative technological proficiency will be in high demand among firms in 2023. Experts in virtual reality and augmented reality are in high demand from employers because of the disruptive potential of these technologies.

Virtual reality (VR) uses computer-generated surroundings to create an immersive experience, whereas augmented reality (AR) uses digital information to superimpose the real world. Training simulations, virtual tours, and other applications built using these technologies have the potential to enhance the educational value of their content and pique the interest of their target audiences. Applicants with VR/AR knowledge can help companies create useful new apps that boost output and efficiency.

Kyle Bassett, Chief Operating Officer, Altitude Control


Full-Stack Development 

Full-stack development skills are required for many job opportunities. This refers to the ability to develop both the front-end and back-end of web applications, websites, and other software. Full-stack is highly coveted by employers because it requires a deeper level of expertise across a broad range of technologies. 

Full-stack developers are in a prime position to bridge any gap between engineering, design, development, and deployment teams. They possess well-rounded technical knowledge and can maximize productivity within a company, as this skill set enables them to handle any aspects related to coding tasks.

Benjamin Okyere, Founder and CTO, Stress Reliever


Artificial Intelligence

The tech skill employers are focused on right now is artificial intelligence, or AI. If you’re a candidate viewing this technology as a threat, you’re coming at it from the wrong perspective. 

In reality, employers are looking for people who know how to utilize AI within their position to improve efficiency and efficacy. Familiarity is key: if you’re not playing around with AI already, start today.

Once you can anticipate how AI might change your industry in the future, you can stay ahead of the trend and make it work for you.

Tim Walsh, Founder, Vetted


Cybersecurity has become a crucial concern for individuals, businesses, and governments as the world becomes more interconnected and digitized. Cyberattacks can have devastating consequences, including data breaches, financial losses, and reputational damage. In response, employers are increasingly seeking professionals with cybersecurity skills to help safeguard their digital assets.

The importance of cybersecurity skills is clear between industries that are hiring cybersecurity professionals. Besides the technology and finance sectors, healthcare, retail, and government agencies are seeking skilled cybersecurity workers. As more businesses shift their online operations, cybersecurity will become increasingly critical across all industries.

Shawnee Wright, Business Development Manager, Integrated Axis Technology Group, Inc.


Collaboration Software

In 2023, even for fully office-based workers, the reality of remote work is inescapable. Consequently, a significant proportion of an employee’s day is spent using collaboration and project management software. At the very least, successful candidates must be comfortable and experienced in using these software packages, as they represent the only way of successfully working with remote colleagues.

Advanced skills with these platforms are particularly advantageous, boosting productivity and helping to onboard less experienced staff. Such candidates are likely to become informational hubs for non-tech staff, resolving their queries without requiring formal IT support. 

Ultimately, an increasingly large proportion of our time is spent using collaboration software, with inexperienced candidates at a significant disadvantage in 2023.

Ben Schwencke, Business Psychologist, Test Partnership


Data Analysis and Interpretation

One tech skill that employers are looking for in candidates in 2023 is proficiency in data analysis and interpretation. With the proliferation of digital technologies, there is a vast amount of data available to organizations, and the ability to effectively analyze and make sense of this data is crucial for making informed business decisions.

Proficiency in data analysis involves the ability to gather, process, and analyze data using tools such as Excel, SQL, Python, or R. Candidates who can effectively use these tools to extract insights from data and communicate their findings to stakeholders are highly valued by employers across industries.

Additionally, candidates who have knowledge of data visualization tools and techniques can create visual representations of data that are easy to understand and engage stakeholders. This can include tools such as Tableau, Power BI, or Google Data Studio.

Joe Hall, SEO Consultant, Hall Analysis


Fundamental Knowledge

In fact, technical skills do not depend on the year, but on the tasks that one needs to accomplish with certain skills. 

When looking for mature employees, we expect fundamental knowledge in terms of architecture and a complex approach to solving problems, as well as some basic technical knowledge when hiring junior specialists. 

At the same time, knowledge of some “hot stuff” does not play any role, as it’s too temporary a trend.

Anna Kirina, Global Marketing Manager, Agro.Club Inc.


Low-code Platforms

As a business owner, I’m always on the lookout for employees who can hit the ground running with their tech skills. Low-code platforms, such as Microsoft PowerApps, are key with creating tailored applications quickly and with minimal manual coding. 

It’s not surprising that this ability is now a much-sought-after skill set among employers in the current tech sphere. Low-code platforms grant organizations an immediate competitive advantage by allowing them to rapidly develop custom apps that address their unique needs while adhering to industry-specific standards. 

Furthermore, they simplify much of the complexities of manual coding by providing an intuitive interface that requires no in-depth computer programming knowledge.

Daniel Pfeffer, CEO, Scrape Network



The primary tech skill for 2023 and beyond is curiosity. I want to tell you about a programming language or a CMS that will supercharge your career, but in this field, nothing will ever stay the same. 

Be on the lookout for the next trend or potentially disruptive technology. There isn’t time to send employees back to school every time the tech industry shifts, so employees that are eager to learn will always have an advantage over employees that stop learning and adapting.

Vlad Dzhidzhiyeshvili, CEO, Ventive


Cloud Computing

As someone who recently joined the job market, I have noticed that cloud computing has emerged as a highly desirable skill for employers in the past few years. 

Many of the companies I’ve applied to in the past year have had cloud computing listed as a necessary requirement on the job listing. It’s becoming more and more evident that cloud computing is setting itself up to become one of the most sought-after skills by employers in 2023, since cloud-based services offer so much convenience and reliability. 

What’s more, cloud computing enables businesses to access their data from any location and reduce operational costs significantly. With all these benefits, it is no surprise that cloud computing remains one of the top tech skills employers are looking for in candidates in 2023.

Johar Inam, Project Manager, Solar Panel Installation


Register for the Council’s upcoming Phoenix and Tucson tech events and Optics Valley optics + photonics events.


Sign up for our Newsletter!