Next year will see increased demand for user experience, data science and cyber security skills, with non-traditional forms of education gaining traction in the market, according to analysts. User experience (UX) is going to play a key role in digital transformation next year. Richard Fischer from Greythorn said that because digital and mobile projects are \u201cbooming\u201d across many businesses in many industry sectors, the demand for easy-to-use and cleverly designed user interfaces will increase. \u201cIf I\u2019m an insurance company or a telecommunications company or I\u2019m Woolworths, it\u2019s what my consumer experience looks like when they are interfacing with me via their laptop or their mobile phone or their tablet,\u201d added Peter Acheson from Peoplebank. \u201cSo there\u2019s a lot of investment going into the area of simplifying, making the user interface simple and easy to do business with.\u201d Demand for data science and data analytics skills will also increase next year. Acheson said a good portion of Peoplebank\u2019s clients are looking to create data science and analytics teams in the coming year, mostly around building recommender systems based on customers\u2019 purchasing history in relation to other data sources such as location and demographics. However, in absolute terms the number of roles in data science and analytics will not be huge in the coming year, Fischer said. \u201cThe demand for roles is not as significant as you would expect with the hype around it. That\u2019s because the full benefits of big data and opportunities are still being scoped by organisations.\u201d He said it will be the fastest growing skill in the coming year, but not have the highest level of demand overall. \u201cDigital and mobility will see huge demand\/increase,\u201d Fischer said. Cyber security skills will also be some of the most in-demand in 2016, Acheson said. The Victorian government earlier this month announced a number of major cyber security initiatives for Melbourne, including Oxford University\u2019s Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre setting up a new office co-located with the new the Oceania Cyber Security Centre. In addition by 2017 NBN plans to have established a Melbourne cyber security operations centre. Skills that will be subjected to more automation, outsourcing and offshoring in 2016 are in helpdesk, IT operations and infrastructure. \u201cThe operational functions in IT, maintaining systems or keeping them up, they can be remotely monitored,\u201d said Acheson. \u201cAnd we don\u2019t see a lot of roles anymore for helpdesk.\u201d \u201cInfrastructure people at all levels have diminished over the past few years, as a result of cloud computing and automation,\u201d said Fischer. Fischer added that testing roles many graduates typically go into are declining due to automated testing, as well as offshoring. Both professionals and employers are starting to change their views on formal tertiary education, Acheson and Fischer said. They said next year, there will be more focus on demonstrable skills and quick learning through compact online courses, practical workshops, hackathons and competitions. \u201cEmployers are less inclined to put people in instructor led classroom because of time and resource [issues]. So employers prefer to provide their upskilling significantly via open source or online,\u201d Fischer said. \u201cUniversity degrees are extremely valuable and they do give you a very good platform of knowledge. But what our clients want in skills on an IT project is demonstrable experience; being able to demonstrate you\u2019ve done this before somewhere else. So there\u2019s a big demand for accreditation in IT,\u201d said Acheson.Read: Breaking down barriers to tech education Some skills challenges for next year include a lag in the market when it comes to data science skills, as data scientist is a still relatively new role and it will take some time before there\u2019s a healthy supply in the market, Acheson said. He added that many companies are also still wrapping their heads around what exactly they need when they advertise for a data scientist and how to clearly articulate their interpretation of the role and what it is they are looking for. \u201cWe had a client that wanted a lot of data scientists [and] we had to spend a lot of time with them to understand exactly what they are looking for. When they say data scientist, what is it specifically they mean? \u201cFor me, there are two types of data scientists. There are the data scientists that have the capability to build mathematical equations and the IT model to crunch the numbers. And then there\u2019s the data scientist who can take the data and look at the trends or the patterns and make a prediction based on that - they are the people who are worth a lot of money.\u201dCheck out other trends for next year:Where is machine learning heading in 2016?Where is data analytics heading in 2016?Where is the Internet of Things heading in 2016?Where is wearable computing heading in 2016?