Top Computer Skills You Must Need For Your Career Success

It was previously thought that computer skills were necessary by software engineers only, some type of designing or in telecommunications, computer literacy means you are familiar with the basics of MS Office: Word, Excel and also PowerPoint. To know more about the top computer skills, you need to know, keep reading this blog.

Nowadays nobody asks about computer skills and it is supposed that you must know them as you leave your school. Rather every profession now has specific software tools and platforms needed for that job.

Whether you are continuing with the same industry or switching your job, you need to upgrade yourself with some software skills.

Here we listed some of the necessary software skills in demand by industry in 2018, according to job listings on in the US.


Accounting software & online bookkeeping:

Quickbooks/Quickbooks Online, Sage, Microsoft Dynamics

Microsoft Office: Excel

Business / Finance

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP): MS Dynamics, SAP, NetSuite

Databases: Oracle, SQL

MS Office: Excel, PowerPoint

Business Intelligence and Data Analysis

Data science: Matlab, Stata

Programming languages: VB.NET, Perl, Scala

Data visualization tools: D3.js (Javascript), Tableau

MS Office: Excel, Visio

Graphic Designing

Designing software: Photoshop, Illustrator, Freehand and more, CorelDRAW, GIMP

Page layout software: QuarkXpress, Adobe InDesign

User experience (UX) software: Balsamiq, OmniGraffle

Human Resources

This needs everything like tracking applicants, to manage the payroll, employee databases, evaluations and many more.


CRM software: InTouch, Lexicata

Research services: Westlaw, LexisNexis

Case and practice management software: Clio

Microsoft Office: Excel


Marketing automation (MA) software: Marketo, Pardot, Eloqua, InfusionSoft, Silverpop (now part of IBM Watson Marketing)

CRM software: Salesforce, Hubspot

Account-based marketing (ABM): Demandbase

PM software: Basecamp, Wrike, QuickBase

Advertising tools: Google AdWords, Facebook Ads, LinkedIn Advertising, Twitter Ads

Analytics: Google Analytics

Data visualization tools: D3.js (Javascript), Tableau

Content management systems (CMS): WordPress

Microsoft Office: Excel, PowerPoint

Real Estate

Property management and asset optimization: Yardi, YieldStar

Microsoft Office: Excel, Word


Customer relationship management (CRM) software: Salesforce, Zoho CRM

Databases: Oracle, SQL

Microsoft Office: Excel

Software Development

Best Programming languages: JavaScript, SQL, C#, Java, PHP, Python, VB.NET, HTML/CSS, TypeScript, Ruby, C++, C

Revision control: Git, Perforce, Subversion (SVN), Mercurial

Databases: Oracle and PL/SQL (or just ‘PLSQL’), MySQL, MariaDB, Microsoft SQL Server (MSSQL), IBM DB2

Frameworks: Bootstrap, Ruby on Rails, AngularJS

The list was created by looking after suggestions from people on the forums in Reddit, skills surveys, business software directories like Capterra and SelectHub of course, from job listings on

The list is about the most in-demand software skills and some of which you could upgrade yourself, which you might need.

Several jobs need only a few of the mentioned skills for the industry, and there are many software tools and packages which were not listed which is not much in demand.

The list might not be perfect. Whatever you learn about Microsoft Office, it’s because basic or advanced level knowledge is needed.

With this, we conclude our discussion on career guidance about the top computer skills you need to upgrade for your career success. And keep looking into this space by career advice for more career guidance tips, news, and updates.

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