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      Hottest In-Demand Skills for 2017 and Top 10 MS Specializations to Study Abroad

      We are in 2017 now. New year, new hope and new career ambitions. It is the best time to set goals for the new year. So, it’s better to get a head start on your skills and career development. If you are planning to go abroad for postgraduate studies in 2017 (or 2018), make sure you have got your interests, skills-set, career goals and job market synced and all aligned. There is no point of pursuing a hot and trending career if you haven’t got interest and/or the right skill-set. Similarly, you also need to keep an eye what’s trending in the job market. You need to identify the hottest skills in the current job market and attempt to master them.

      Hottest In-Demand Skills for 2017 and Top 10 MS Specializations to Study Abroad

      Higher studies, and especially Master specialization is always an excellent career move. Moreover, if you attend a top university in abroad, the Masters degree will benefit you a lot. Study abroad is more than just earning an academic qualification. This is something I am telling you from My Own Study Abroad Experience. But, study abroad is a serious and expensive deal. You need proper research, planning, and strategy to make it to a top foreign university. First and foremost, it is very critical to choose the right subject and specialization. Secondly, the destination country and right university also matter for the career development and career progression. Now, let’s have a look at the hottest and most in-demand skills of the current job market.

      Below you can see the top 10 most-demanding and hottest skills of 2016 all over the world and in India. This is a report published by LinkedIn in October 2016 and says a lot about the global job market trends. As per the job market all over the world and India, the most demanding skills (by LinekdIn) are given below.

      Top 10 MS Specializations to Study Abroad According to the Job Market in 2017

      It would be great to pursue a relevant Masters program from abroad in the relevant fields in order to make yourself highly employable. So, let’s have a look at the best Master Specializations for Study Abroad.

      1. Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and UX/UI Design

      According to some of the most notable job and career sites like LinkedIn, Economic Times, World Economic Forum, and Business Insider India, user interface design is the hottest and most sought-after skill in the market. According to various reports, UI/UX roles are the hardest to fill in the current job market. The US alone added 211, 000 jobs in November, and the largest job category was technology. India is also experiencing a huge demand for UX/UI professionals.

      One of the major reasons is the e-commerce and digital boom in India. Even if the functionalities, backend, and content of a website are very good, the user will not prefer a website if the user interface and web presentation are not good. Companies like Flipkart, Amazon, Myntra, Jabong, SnapDeal, Ola, Uber, Make MyTrip, Oyo Rooms, BookMyShow, Paytm etc. Rely a lot on the UX/UI design. After demonetization, the usage of mobile wallets and digital payments have gone very high. So, the demand for UX/UI professionals will continue to rise in the coming years. All the major e-wallets like PayTM, PayUMoney, Mobikwik, Freecharge, State Bank Buddy etc. Are battling in the UX/UI category.

      Top Study Abroad Destinations: USA, UK

      Top Universities for UX/UI Design and HCI:

      Carnegie Mellon University
      MIT
      University of Michigan
      University of Washington
      Stanford
      Georgia Tech
      Indiana University
      University of Maryland, College Park
      New York University
      UC Irvine
      Purdue University
      San Jose State University
      UC Berkeley
      University of Virginia
      Cornell University
      Bentley University
      UT Austin
      Rochester Institute of Technology
      University of Colorado Boulder
      UCL
      University of Nottingham

      2. Cloud Computing, Big Data, and Cyber Security

      Big Data and Cloud jobs have been the hottest jobs for past few years now. More and more data are getting accumulated, and hence the job market is seeing more demand for data and cloud professionals. Cloud & Distributed Computing held its No.1 spot for the past two years. Big Data jobs have been termed as the Sexiest Job of the 21st Century by Harvard Business Review. Sites like Glassdoor, Times of India and Udacity also echoed in the favor. So much of data is automatically triggering a tremendous demand for better security. Here is why Cybersecurity is Top Business Priority in 2017.

      Top Study Abroad Destinations: USA, Australia, Ireland, UK, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany.

      Top Universities for Cloud Computing, Big Data, and Cyber Security

      Harvard University
      Walden University
      UC San Diego
      University of Massachusettes-Lowell
      Southern Methodist University
      UC Irvine
      Carnegie Mellon University
      University College Dublin
      Queen’s University Belfast

      3. Data Science, Data Mining & Business Analytics

      Data Science, Data Mining, Statistical Analysis, and Business Analytics are continuing to be in-demand as well. Know more about Big Data Analytics.

      Top Study Abroad Destinations: USA, Ireland, Australia, UK, Canada, Germany.

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      Top Universities for Data Science and Analytics

      University of San Francisco
      UC Berkeley
      Southern Methodist University
      Arizona State University
      MIT
      Stanford
      Oxford
      Cambridge
      Imperial College London
      Carnegie Mellon
      Michigan
      UCLA
      Upenn
      UT Dallas

      4. Web Development, Software Integration & Mobile Computing

      This another category, which is very much overlapped and inter-linked with the above two categories. Particular attention should be given on mobile computing and mobile app development as the 70% of the users these days are on mobile. Some of the top core technical skills to develop are JavaScript, CSS, HTML, Ruby, Python, SQL, VCS, CMS, Node.js, Wireframing, Load Testing, Modules, DOM Manipulation, Data Format, Data API, Web Front Embedding, Responsive Webdesign, XHR etc.

      Top Study Abroad Destinations: US, Germany, Ireland, Denmark, Canada, Finland

      Top Universities for Web Development,  Programming,  and Mobile Computing

      NUS
      University of Leeds
      Cornell University
      Purdue University
      University of North Carolina at Chappel Hill
      San Jose State University
      Stanford University
      MIT

      5. Social Entrepreneurship, Environmental Management & Sustainable Technologies

      Social Entrepreneurship has been gaining large popularity of late. Among all the categories, the environmental issues have been very critical. Environment and energy have big roles to play towards the economy. Renewable technologies are clean and sustainable sources of energy. They have the ability to make a huge social impact.

      Apart from environmental problems, the fossil fuels are also a burden on the global economy. At present, the global spending on fossil fuels is approximately USD $500 billion annually Almost $6 trillion is being spent annually on dirty energy infrastructure. So, the need for cost cutting on energy and working towards clean energy is alarming. India ranks 5th for creating jobs in the field of renewable energy. 2015 saw a global investment of USD $268 billion in renewable energy sector (especially solar and wind energy). Forecasts say the figure is likely to reach $1.3 trillion by 2030.

      So, there are needs and there are opportunities. Hence, the social entrepreneurship within the environmental sector will be a booming field in the coming years. An MBA in Social Entrepreneurship or a Masters degree in Renewable Energy will great career move. Know more about MBA in Social Entrepreneurship.

      Top Study Abroad Destinations: US, UK, Singapore, Sweden, Netherlands

      Top Universities for Masters in Renewable Energy

      UT Austin
      University of Michigan
      Stanford University
      MIT
      Harvard University
      UC Berkeley

      Top Universities for MBA in Social Entrepreneurship

      University of Oxford
      Yale University
      Harvard University
      Stanford University
      Northwestern University

      6. Digital Marketing (SEO/SEM Marketing)

      The demand for digital marketers has been going down since 2015. One of the reasons being there too many candidates who are now trying out their hands in the digital marketing field. Several students and professionals are opting for online and MOOC courses. Consequently, the supply is outpacing the demand.

      But, the demand for digital marketing is there. The need for excellent SEO/SEM marketers is still there. In order to edge the competitors and bagging high salaries, a Masters degree from a top foreign university will be more than handy.

      Top Study Abroad Destinations for Digital Marketing: US, Ireland, UK, France, Singapore

      Top Universities for Digital Marketing

      UT Austin
      University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
      Boston University
      Northwestern
      NYU
      Georgetown
      Syracuse University
      Stanford
      University of Connecticut
      University of Denver
      Southern Methodist University
      University of Washington

      7. PR, Media Communication & Advertisement

      The Indian PR agency market grew by 19% in 2016. The demand for digital communications and PR is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years. Many big companies, MNCs, and startups are already there in India. Be it product or service, the companies, especially startups need to reach out to the customers. So, everyone will be battling in the areas of PR, branding, demand generation, marketing, and advertisement.The PR industry is expected to get double in size by 2020. Hence again, the demand for relevant marketing and communications professionals with sound business acumen and creativity will be there.

      Top Study Abroad Destinations: USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, Singapore

      Top Universities for PR, Media Communication & Advertisement 

      University of Southern California
      UC Berkeley
      University of Wisconsin-Madison
      Stanford
      Pennsylvania
      Michigan State
      UCLA
      NUS
      NYU
      Michigan
      University of Amsterdam
      George Washington University
      Clarke University

      8. Economics, Public Policy and International Relations

      Degree in Economics is always a valuable qualification to have on your CV. With the current global scenario and the Indian scenario as well, professionals with good knowledge in Economics are supposed to be in good demand. The same goes for Public Policy and International Relations. Anyone with a specialized degree in Public Policy or International Relations with international experience will be an asset to high-profile international organizations. Top sectors will be finance, education, healthcare, environment, government, law etc.

      Best Study Abroad Destinations: USA, Singapore, UK, France, Australia, Canada

      Top Universities for Economics, Public Policy, and International Relations

      Harvard
      MIT
      Princeton
      Chicago
      Stanford
      UC Berkeley
      LSE
      Oxford
      Yale
      Cambridge
      UCL
      NUS
      Georgetown
      Columbia
      Michigan
      Dartmouth
      Johns Hopkins University

      9. Agricultural Science & Food Technology

      You might not found these sectors in the hottest employment sectors. But, these both Agriculture and Food Science & Technology will have more opportunities in the near future.

      Agriculture contributes to 13.7% of India’s GDP. Currently, the Indian agricultural industry is facing serious challenges. There is a big gap between supply-demand in food production. Consequently, India is facing, higher inflation, higher food imports, increasing national debt and inadequate food security. Agricultural Engineering and Agricultural Biotechnology have got the potential to solve these problems. Biotechnology can help Indian farmers to produce high-yielding crops, and to battle out adverse climates, crop diseases, soil erosion and pest control.

      Food science and technology is relatively a new discipline in India. But, due to rapid urbanization and lifestyle changes, the field of food science and technology is gaining lot of interest. There is an increasing demand for processed, fast-food, easy-to-cook and ready-to-eat meals. Hence, a big challenge is to make those food items healthy and nutritious. Secondly, the processing and preservation are also big challenges. So, the market demands more advancements and sophistication in the field of food science and technology.

      Best Study Abroad Destinations: USA, Australia, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, Norway

      Top Universities for Agriculture

      UC Irvine
      Cornell University
      Wageningen University
      Ghent University
      UC Berkeley
      Australian National University
      Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
      University of British Columbia
      University of Queensland
      University of Copenhagen
      Aarhus University
      Norwegian University of Science and Technology

      Food being a Basic Necessity of Human Society, the Agriculture & Food Industry is one of the Most Recession-Proof Sectors

      Top Universities for Food Science & Technology

      Cornell University
      University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      Texas A&M University
      UC Davis
      University of Florida
      University College Dublin
      University College Cork
      University of Copenhagen
      Denmark Technical University
      Aarhus University
      Norwegian University of Science and Technology
      Wageningen University
      KU Leuven
      Ghent University
      ETH Zurich
      Bern University of Applied Sciences

      10. Translational Medicine

      Translational Medicine is a specialized and highly inter-disciplinary disciplines within the broad field of biomedical sciences. Translational Medicine combines the knowledge, resources, technology and applications of laboratory findings to facilitate the discovery of new diagnostic tools and therapeutic treatments. Translational Medicine is at the interface between basic science and clinical medicine. It is also applicable when clinical observations lead to new research questions and ideas. So, bench (lab) to bedside (clinic), and back to the bench.

      Translational Medicine is all about creating insights into clinically significant interactions among drugs, cell signaling pathways, drug targets, and diseases. Besides, translational medicine is also critical towards the development and delivery of personalized medicine. With the growing incidence of lifestyle diseases, there will be need of professionals trained in translational medicine.

      Health & Medicine Are Always Going To Be In The Trend

      A Masters degree in Molecular Medicine or Translational Medicine will be a great start. Professionals in the translational medicine field should be versatile. Moving around in different parts of an organization is quite critical. An ideal training would be to join an academic medical center (or clinical center) where you gets exposure to both basic scientific research and dealing with patients or clinical samples. A rounded experience backed by solid knowledge of basic and clinical science will be the key to career progression. Besides, students and professionals should also work on developing the transferable skills in the field of biomedical sciences.

      Top Study Abroad Countries: USA, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, UK, Sweden, Australia, Finland, Spain.

      Top Universities for Translational Medicine

      UC Berkeley
      UC San Francisco
      University of Pennsylvania
      University of Toronto
      University of Glasgow
      Imperial College London
      Queen’s University Belfast
      King’s College London
      University of Heidelberg
      University of Helsinki
      University College Dublin
      Australian National University
      University of Queensland

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      About Author Tanmoy Ray

      I have got a Molecular Pharmacology background with 5 years of research experience in the fields of Cardiovascular Medicine, Cancer Biology, Biomarkers, and Drug Discovery. I did my Masters from the UK (Aston University) and have worked at University of Oxford (UK), Utrecht University (Netherlands), University of New South Wales (Australia) and MeetUniversity (India). Currently, I am working with Stoodnt Inc. as a Career Adviser & Admission Counselor. I can be reached at tanmoy.ray@stoodnt.com

      Author: Tanmoy Ray

      I am a Career Adviser & MS Admission Consultant. Additionally, I also manage online marketing at Stoodnt. I did my Masters from the UK (Aston University) and have worked at the University of Oxford (UK), Utrecht University (Netherlands), University of New South Wales (Australia) and MeetUniversity (India).

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