Tech Trends Predicted for 2024

Nov 17, 2023 | Tech Business Trends, Tech Research & Case Studies, Tech Trends

As we progress deeper into an economy reliant on technology and digital communication, the tech trends of 2023 and the predicted trends of 2024 illuminate just how rapid technological advancement is going to happen over the next decade. With two months left of 2023, we thought it would be a good time to recap the tech trends we saw rise to popularity this year and what will be predicted to be even more in demand next year. 

Recapping 2023 Tech Trends

In 2023 tech trends, we saw that technology professionals were the highest in demand. In the first 6 months of 2023, 64% of technology managers were hiring for new roles and 91% of those hiring were facing challenges in finding skilled talent, per the Robert Half report. The struggle to find skilled talent in 2023 might have been due to the trends in technology that rapidly made themselves available for personal and professional endeavors. The July 2023 McKinsey Report suggests that those trends can be divided into 5 categories: the AI revolution, building the digital future, cutting-edge engineering, and a sustainable world.

The McKinsey report is an interactive resource and for those interested in diving into the 5 categorical trends, are encouraged to take a look at how they considered these trend combinations. You can interact with the report here: McKinsey Technology Trends Outlook Report, July 2023.

One of those trends, AI technology, is now in nearly every industry and organization. AI (artificial intelligence) has become one of the largest trends of 2023 as it became extremely popular when it was released and accessible to the public through systems like Google’s AI Bard or ChatGPT. AI makes consumerism easier through contactless, autonomous shopping and “more retailers will use AI to manage and automate the complex inventory management processes that happen behind the scenes, so convenience trends like buy-online-pickup-at-curbside (BOPAC), buy-online-pickup-in-store (BOPIS), and buy-online-return-in-store (BORIS), will become standard,” as noted in Forbes Top 10 Tech Trends in 2023 Everyone Must Be Ready For.

There was also continued job growth in the tech industry even after many lay-offs and economic uncertainty that occurred in 2022; hiring for IT jobs saw a 3.2% increase across the country, noted by Insight Global. From the extensive research and analysis at CompTIA, there were 4.1 million tech job postings by U.S employers in 2022 and 9.4 net million projected tech employment in 2023. CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, created a tool ‘cyberstates’ to support employers and employees alike in finding data that correlates to the tech industry in specific states and metropolitan areas.You can interact with this tool here: State of the Tech Workforce.

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Looking Forward: Predicted Tech Trends of 2024

Predicted by research done by Gartner, a leading technological research and consulting firm, AI technology stays at the forefront of the 2024 tech trends. In their October article, Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2024, they note that “by 2026, generative AI will significantly alter 70% of the design and development effort for new web applications and mobile apps.” This means that most of the digital landscape will be transformed willingly or not for thousands of businesses who compete in the online market share. As listed in their article, the top tech trends of 2024 include:

AI Trust, Risk and Security Management (AI TRiSM), Continuous Threat Exposure Management (CTEM), Sustainable Technology, Platform Engineering, AI-Augmented Development, Industry Cloud Platforms, Intelligent Applications, Democratized Generative AI, Augmented Connected Workforce, and Machine Customers.

Gartner relates each tech trend to a key business theme for growth and success: “protecting and preserving past and future investments, building the right solutions for the right stakeholders at the right time, and delivering value for the changing environment of both internal and external customers.” A notable resource that helps break down these trends is Mark Harana’s interactive article on Gartner’s Top 10 for The Channel Company. Harana dives deep into each trend listed by Gartner and brings to light the growth of the trend, who’s using it, and how. Check it out here: Gartner’s 10 Biggest Tech Trends For 2024: AI, GenAI And Machine Customers.

Simply put, AI technology and what is innovated from it is here to stay. Bernard Marr, a world-renowned thought leader in business and technology agrees. Noted in his September 2023 article, “As generative AI finds its way into more of the applications we use every day, from search engines to office software, design packages and communications tools, people will come to understand its potential,” and “most importantly, by handing over our everyday menial brainwork – obtaining information, scheduling, managing compliance, organizing ideas, structuring projects – to AIs, we will find ourselves with more time to leverage our truly human skills.”

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Predicted Tech Trends & Impact on Tech Career Opportunities

In September of 2022, The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics concluded that “Overall employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 15 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.” This growth is projected to develop close to 683,000 jobs over the next 8 years; nearly twice the national job growth rate. With AI technology as the most popular trend of the last year and now, in the near future,  more companies will integrate AI technology into daily operations. This will lead to a need for skilled professionals to develop, manage, and maintain those technologies. Those skilled in data science, machine learning, and data management can see a rise in opportunity and need for their skills to help companies and organizations thrive in the current digital economy. Proficiency in Python, computing, mathematics, and linguistics will be of high value in the evolution of AI technology in the tech industry.

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On average, DWC students complete a certificate program in 5 and half months time, find employment in 2 and half months time, and students saw a salary increase of an average of $16.4k, according to our Enrollment Report for 2020-2023. As a vocational tech school, our instructors for our tech certificate programs are trained with the most current skills, with most working within tech careers themselves. Consider one of our certificate programs and learn more about our instructors here: About our Staff.