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14 skills to earn $7,700 MORE per year (and how to learn them)

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There are a range of short courses available that can help you brush up on your digital skills. (Source: Getty)

Aussies who brush up on some highly sought-after skills are more likely to see a big pay bump, according to a new report from RMIT and Deloitte Access Economics.

The report found that those who had acquired certain digital skills made around 9 per cent more than other workers - equivalent to around $7,700 more per year.

“For businesses, digital skills provide a wealth of benefits and there are many reasons why employees with digital skills should earn a wage premium,” the report said.

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“Digital skills can streamline processes, creating efficiency and boosting productivity. Further, COVID-19 has accelerated hybrid working, resulting in the need for teams to collaborate across platforms.”

Digital skills and literacy are essential for this, the report found, and some skills are so in-demand they can bring up to a 21 per cent pay increase.

The skills with the biggest wage premiums include:

  1. artificial intelligence

  2. data visualisation

  3. data analysis

  4. software development

  5. basic programming

  6. data security

  7. software engineering

  8. cloud computing

  9. data management

  10. machine learning

  11. social media

  12. IT strategy

  13. Internet of Things

  14. cyber security knowledge

So, here is how you can brush up on some of these skills to boost your career.

Artificial intelligence

There are a few universities that offer short courses to brush up on or learn about AI.

UNSW has an eight-week AI course that will set you back around $500 and take around 50 hours.

Likewise, UTS also has a very short AI course that is only one day and costs $300.

Data visualisation

UTS has a data-visualisation course that will take around 50 hours, spread over 10 weeks. This course will cost $1,596.

Data analysis

UTS again has a number of data-analysis courses, catering for various skill levels. Depending on which course you choose, they can take between two and 10 weeks.

These courses will set you back between $1,595 and $1,950. You can check them out here.

Machine learning

Both UTS and UNSW offer short machine-learning courses that range from one day to 10 weeks.

UNSW offers an eight-week course for $500 that focuses on both AI and machine learning.

UTS has three options that range from $300 for a single-day course, to $1,595 for a 10-week course. Find them here.

Social media

The University of Adelaide offers a two-week writing for web and social media course that will cost you $630.

Cyber security

UTS offers a range of cyber security courses depending on your skill level and what you want to achieve.

These courses range from one day to 10 weeks and cost between $300 and $1,595.

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