The global economy is undergoing a rapid digital transformation, and Nigeria is said to be in the best position to reap the benefits of the digital economy. The country’s potential is evident in its size as the biggest digital market and the leading destination in Africa. Experts also estimated that Nigeria’s digital sector could add $88 billion and 3 million jobs to the economy by 2027.

   Do you know?  In today’s tech – driven society, there’s every need for you to tailor your career in a digital related field —– why?  do you remember the song “Love is in the air”?  how about we sing ” Money is in the air”

    Taking a career in the digital space as a student keeps you relevant and expose you to a juicy financial life and freedom, because most likely, a digital career allows you the opportunity often to work at the comfort of your location with no strict time bound and managerial pressures bearing down on you. The good news is no matter the career path you have chosen as a university student, there is a digital potential you can harness in such a career and leverage the digital space.

    We shall take a look at some of the digital career paths you can consider as a University student and leverage the digital space into the life of your dreams

 1.         Web Developer

   A web developer designs and creates network applications and websites. They write code for programming applications, create web links and content, develop unique software and install software programs. They can also solve computer problems, debug glitches and analyze the software. Companies depend on web developers for data flow checks, which are essential in determining the organization’s strengths and weaknesses.

   in 2020 there was a total of 26.2 million web developers in the world by 2023 that number is forecast to reach 27.7 million —– web tribunal

    Web developers make on average $76,186

2.     Data Scientist

The Harvard Business Review ( HBR ) calls data scientists  ” the sexiest job of the 21st century”.

    Data scientists determine the questions their team should be asking and figure out how to answer those questions using data. The often develop predictive models for theorizing and forecasting. A data scientist might do the following on a day-to-day basis:

– find patterns and trends in datasets to uncover insights 

– create algorithms and data model to forecast outcomes

– use machine learning techniques to improve the quality of data or product offering.

– Communicate recommendations to other teams and senior staff

– deploy data tools such as Python, R, SAS, or SQL in a data analysis.

– stay on top of innovations in the data science field

   According to BLS, data scientist jobs were projected to grow by 25 percent from 2019 to 2029.

   A data scientist earns on average $122,499 annually, according to Glassdoor.

3. Digital marketing

    In today’s digital era, a digital marketing career is one of the most sought-after career paths. Up-skilling in this domain can help you advance in your career.

     Digital marketing is the form of marketing that leverages the internet and digital technologies, such as computers and smartphones, to connect with customers. As with other forms of marketing, its purpose is to increase brand awareness, drive sales, and promote goods, and services.

    The exponential increase of Internet users over the past two decades has led to similar increase in digital marketing efforts. Infact, approximately 62 percent of the global population is online today. A study from April, 2022 illustrates the pervasiveness of digital technology in the world with the following figures.

 – active internet users: 5 billion

– active mobile internet users: 4.32 billion

– active social media users: 4.65 billion

   Various types of digital marketing include the following:

– content marketing

– social media marketing

– affiliate marketing

– Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

– marketing Communication

– mobile marketing

– pay – per – click (ppc)

– digital display advertising

     With a rise in digitalization and online brand presence, digital marketing is skyrocketing like never before.

   The global digital marketing software market size was valued at USD 56.52 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.1% from 2022 to 2030. —- grandviewresearch

   The average salary of a digital marketer is $58,448.

4. UX Designer

User experience ( UX ) designers work to optimize the interaction between humans and products.

    Anytime you interact with a product or service, you have a user experience. This may entail navigating a mobile app, browsing a website, interacting with a physical product ( like trying out a new bicycle, or checking into a hotel or restaurant) for example.

    The term user experience ( UX ) refers to all aspects of this interaction. Think about the last time you used a new product or service, how satisfied were you with its performance? UX design seeks to make products and services easy, effective, and delightful. When you accomplish this, you earn loyal customers who’ll recommend that product or service to family and friends, increasing your customer base and sales.

     The UX designer role is to make products or services usable, enjoyable, and accessible.

    Tasks and responsibilities of UX designer.

    As a user experience designer, you’re responsible for the user’s overall satisfaction with a product, to make this possible, you’ll need to:

– understand the users and the brand

– conduct user research

– analyze what you’ve learned

– design

– conduct user testing and,

– present your work 

     If you are considering a career as a user experience (UX) designer, there is a ton of potential ahead for you. The number of UX designers increased from about 10 in the 1950s (UX has been around since the first touch-tone phone!) to 1 million in 2017. By 2050, it’s predicted that UX professionals will top 100 million — springboard.

     Even at entry level, UX designer salaries are impressive,  Sullivan and Glassdoor’s data currently has UX designer salaries at $80,928 annually.

5. Cloud Engineering

    A cloud engineer helps create, maintain, and troubleshoot cloud infrastructure. Cloud engineering is a general term encompassing a few different roles, include:

– cloud architect

– cloud software engineer

– cloud security engineer 

– cloud systems engineer

– cloud network engineer

     Cloud engineers can have more specific roles that include cloud architecting ( designing cloud solutions for organizations), development ( coding for the cloud), and administration ( working with cloud networks).

    Cloud technology has become prevalent in recent years. Infact, you probably use cloud based technology frequently in your everyday life. Watching TV or listening to music on your favorite streaming services, using an online platform, or backing up your phone’s documents, pictures etc to the internet is possible due to cloud technology. For a company, it means data can be stored and backed up more easily, software updates can be rolled out on demand, and customers may be able to access their information from different devices. As a cloud engineer, you’ll work behind the scenes to keep it all running.

    In February 2022, Grand View Research published a study of emerging trends in the cloud computing space. The study valued the cloud computing market size in 2021 at $368.97 billion and estimates it to reach $483.98 billion in 2022.

    A cloud engineer makes on average $121,572 annually.

6. Graphics Designer

    Graphic designers use special software to create graphics like webpage images, newspaper ads, posters, media images, product labels and logos. They use editing, digital illustration and layout software to create new designs and update old designs for companies. They often work with businesses to help with their branding, and they meet with clients to define a project’s scope and present design ideas.

    The future of graphic design is going to be elevated to new heights by being fused with augmented reality and eventually, 3D printing. Augmented reality and virtual reality experiences allow people to get inside the experience whether it’s for recreational, educational or occupational purposes.

  •     Graphics designers make $3,349/mnth.

7. Blockchain Developer

    Blockchain developers with the expertise to help companies explore Blockchain platforms are in high demand. Blockchain development might be the most marketable career path today because people are eager to realize all the benefits of Blockchain. These individuals require absolute attention to detail as theirs is a high ranking position. Blockchain developers are programmers who create applications for blockchain. They typically have a lot of experience working with C++, Python, and Javascript before becoming Blockchain developers.

Blockchain Developers are segmented into community developers who work on decentralized applications (dapp), and protocol developers who work on the core protocol. It’s no surprise that Ethereum leads the race on total developers, with a total of 2,980 developers in 2020, and 3,920 in 2021

    Blockchain developers make $1,09,766 annually.

Watch out for the next episode of career opportunities in the digital space as we bring you more. Meanwhile, let us know which of these career opportunities you prefer and why!

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