Digital Job Growth and the Validated Skills to Match

What you test is important but how you test it, is just as important. Knowledge Pillars offers a slightly different take on certifications by validating applied skills of a specific programming language instead of validating to a specific industry job role.

Certification providers are focused on developing industry-based certifications that validate skills and knowledge and, in most cases, are aligned to specific job roles. We have seen time and time again that having an industry-relevant certification identifies a learner and even long-life learners as having the skill for a specific job role, making it easier for recruiters to potentially identify their best candidates. 

Knowledge Pillars vendor-neutral live-in-the-app certifications and practice tests are designed to test specific skills. 

HR professionals looking for technical staff face various challenges but thankfully, automated, structured frameworks, known as technical tests, can help with this.

What Is a Technical Test?

Mercer|Mettl says a technical test, also known as a role-based test or domain test, is an assessment to understand candidates’ technical abilities, including their skill sets and responses to specific technical problems. It is a technical skills evaluation of prospective hires, which involves evaluating their domain expertise and job knowledge to determine their suitability for specific job roles. 

Now, for the employed person, it shows that they have job-relevant skills and can perform the tasks required for a particular job role, thereby making them more productive in their jobs. Job role certifications validate skills within the job roles of today’s modern workforce.

Knowledge Pillars offers a slightly different take on certifications by validating core skills related to specific programming language applied skills instead of validating specifically to an industry job role. This is because in the software development field many programmers focus on learning multiple languages to perform key tasks and support varying development projects. Offering a certification that validates core skills for a specific language helps these software developers and web editors to present evidence of capabilities for these key areas.

Knowledge Pillars develops something quite like technical tests but call it Live-in-the-Application (LITA) which is an exam format that uses leading-edge technology when validating coding, editing or design application knowledge and abilities. This technology tests the candidate’s ability to perform actual coding or editing in the application to accurately complete tasks using a variety of Parsons programming puzzles, drag-and-drop matching question type and multiple-choice question type.

Validating Skills for Expected Digital Job Growth

According to Indeed, there are 12 technical skills needed to become a software developer, Knowledge Pillars focuses on the absolute starting point and first most important technical skill needed; coding languages, while software developers become familiar with the remaining technical skills over time:

  1. Coding languages
  2. Database knowledge
  3. Data structures and algorithms
  4. Source control
  5. Testing procedures
  6. Debugging control
  7. Operating systems
  8. Text editing software
  9. Cryptography
  10. Software frameworks
  11. Cloud platforms
  12. Spreadsheet software

It is anticipated that by 2025 there’ll be 149 million new digital jobs focused on these skills: 

While technology and data science skills are critical, on their own, they are not necessarily enough to attain proficiency for the new world of digital work. Workers will need a combination of technology skills, business enablers, and sturdy human skills to be the ablest in a very digital economy. We must point out that of the 149 million new jobs expected by 2025, 98 million of those are found in software development. @BusinessTech listed these skills below.

Business Technology Data Science
Data Analysis Software Theoretical Computer Science Python Programming
Microsoft Excel Programming Principles Probability and Statistics
Budget Management C++ Econometrics
Behavioural Economics C Programming Machine Learning
Business Process Management JavaScript Data Management
Digital Marketing Data Structures Machine Learning Algorithms
Project Management Web Development Applied Machine Learning
Marketing Design and Product Probability Distribution
Business Design Graphic Design SQL
Data Analysis Mathematics Deep Learning

These in-demand job roles have already accelerated demand for the Knowledge Pillars C# Coding Specialist, Python Coding Specialist, T-SQL Coding Specialist and .Net Coding Specialist certifications because they uniquely position potential candidates for those future jobs. Our reports show that most of our test takers are new to coding or web-editing. 73% of our test-takers say they look for certifications that are applicable to many different types of businesses and industries. 59% of our test-takers say their professional career goals are to gain new skills and continue their education while only 7% indicate that obtaining a promotion or moving into a new role is their main career focus.

At least 48% of our customers want to get certified within the next 3 months, which clearly indicate that aspiring programming professionals are focused on preparing and validating their skills now for the additional 15 million potential future jobs expected by 2023.

“KP certifications are a recommended entry point into web development certification and job preparation, validating a potential employee’s core knowledge and enhancing his or her credibility. The certifications listed above should be included on the CAPE Industry Certification Funding List because they authenticate skills needed in information technology, not only by this company but state-wide. These are now common and highly sought-after skills, that no organization should lack.” Zack Dunlap, Vice President of Business Development at Inspired Technologies, Inc.

“With the growing demand of jobs needed in IT and computer science, we have increased our focus on implementing IT Certifications into our school and academic curriculum, especially software development, web development, cloud technologies and cybersecurity-related jobs.  Knowledge Pillars offers IT coding and Web-development certifications, covering the most popular coding languages and web-development tools (such as WordPress). Their technology is also highly innovative in the way they test students’ skills, through a task-based hands-on questions’ format, that makes sure students who pass the exams have the skills to do the job in a practical way.” Dr. Deborah Kerr, Superintendent at St. Francis Public School District

So, there you have it. What you test is important but how you test it, is just as important. It is our mission to help students and aspiring professionals validate their IT capabilities by verifying their skills through in-app vendor-neutral and globally recognized certifications, that benefit both employers and job seekers alike. “By doing this, we significantly contribute to the quality of IT education and career development.” Alessandro Macri’, CEO at Knowledge Pillars.