In India, the most in-demand job is Software Engineering (18%), stated a report by online learning platform, Coursera. In addition, 15% of Indian students aspire to be Data Scientists, while 6% selected Data Analysts as their top career choice.
By investing in cutting-edge digital skills, students in India are preparing to enter high-growth technology jobs like data scientist, data analyst, software engineer, and machine learning engineer, the report said.
“The pandemic dramatically accelerated the pace of technological adoption worldwide. As the world moved online, individuals, businesses, and governments alike altered their expectations and behaviours. Today, technological adoption continues at record rates, and innovations in automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are fast developing,” the report said.
The report further noted that while students have made some progress in obtaining baseline proficiency in job-relevant skills, the majority have yet to meet the target proficiency needed to transition into these jobs.
“Arts and humanities students who aspire to become professors and K-12 teachers are prioritising communication, research, and writing skills. Business students express similar levels of interest in data analysis and financial analysis as they do in marketing and consulting. To build data fluency, they are seeking out computer programming and machine learning skills,” the report said.
According to the report, engineering students’ top jobs are software engineer and data scientist, so they are prioritising core skills like mathematics, statistical programming, and computer programming.
“Data scientist is a preferred job for health sciences students, who are acquiring data analysis, data management, and general statistics skills that can help them contribute to healthcare technology. Social sciences students’ top job choices are researcher, data analyst, and economist. To complement their research skills, they are developing statistical programming and business analysis skills,” the report pointed out.