5 super-cool IT jobs: Get ‘em while they’re hot

Development knowledge, programming expertise, vision to envisage IT as an enabler for business, interpersonal skills to work with all kinds of stakeholders — that’s the making of an IT wizard. However, for the wizard to truly work his or her magic, there has to be the right mapping of skills with jobs. In this guide, we will talk about five amazing vistas where enriching and fulfilling IT jobs of the present and future await.

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Big Data engineers

Big Data, artificial intelligence, deep learning, machine learning, data science, predictive analysis — all these are super hot buzzwords in the IT jobs market. What makes them so highly coveted is the fact that at their core, they are all about transforming massive data into business knowledge.

Because the number of sources of data in the average enterprises is on the surge (and likely to surge even more, with IoT becoming mainstream), the amount of data generated every day is unimaginably massive. And to extract value out of the data, enterprises need IT wizards well versed in the groundbreaking technologies that we mentioned earlier.

To make it easier to comprehend, let’s imagine it as the meeting point of two rivers — Big Data, dealing with all aspects of data capture, maintenance, and analysis; and artificial intelligence, that’s the parent set for machine learning, deep learning, cognitive computing, and predictive analysis (kind of like that movie “Minority Report,” although too bad Tom Cruise decided to play Jack Reacher since that role did not make sense for him at all). People with skill and experience in making these technologies are also the ones who do all the talking while negotiating supernormal salaries with enterprises.

Cybersecurity

It’s a no-brainer really; with the global impacts of ransomware like WannaCry and Petya now obvious to the world, enterprises are on track to expand their planned cybersecurity spending in the coming years. Digital security has already become of paramount importance for all kinds of businesses; no wonder that security architects and engineers are already witnessing huge demands.

Cool IT Jobs And How To Get Them

Current cybersecurity experts would do well to keep their skills in sync with the changing dynamics of the market. The range of skills and relevant certification in cybersecurity is huge.

This calls for a sense of adaptability from cybersecurity professionals to help them stay relevant throughout their career. Interpersonal skills and the vision to envisage cybersecurity as a pillar of any business organization are the key differentiators for cybersecurity professionals with comparable technical skillsets.

IoT engineers

We mentioned how IoT’s business adoption will drive opportunities for data science-related jobs. However, we just can’t ignore the potential it has for IT engineers who can make different devices talk to each other.

IoT has groundbreaking applications in medicine and health care, defense, manufacturing, telecommunications, home automation, consumer electronics, and a lot more. This will create tremendous opportunities for IoT engineers not only in enterprises manufacturing IoT devices, but also companies across verticals looking to ramp up their in-house IT capabilities.

Gartner predicts that there will be 20-plus billion connected devices by 2020. Of course, organizations will need engineers, developers, and integrators to manage, analyze, support, connect, and deploy these devices. That’s where IoT cements its place in this list, as a veritable well of employment opportunities in the near future. Job postings for IoT architects are growing heavily in numbers with every passing year.

Another important aspect to remember is that security of connected devices will be a huge concern for enterprises. This is already regarded as one of the most important offshoots in terms of desired IT skills as far as enterprises are concerned. IT professionals who can get proficient in IoT-specific cybersecurity technologies and processes, or learn programming languages with widespread use across IoT devices, are all set to have bright futures.

VR/AR

Virtual reality and augmented reality (like in the goofy and bizarre movie “Vanilla Sky” — that movie was hard to get through) are often thought to be technologies with limited applications restricted only to vision-heavy industries such as gaming and entertainment. However, as these technologies mature, their potential in enterprise settings, factories management, quality control, education, and several other verticals have emerged.

For instance, Google’s latest iteration of what was originally called Google Glass is being viewed as a device that can solve several real-life problems in industrial settings and factory floors.

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Gartner has predicted that immersive technologies like virtual reality and augmented reality will constitute about 20 percent of the digital transformation strategy of enterprises by 2020. This prediction is in line with the fact that enterprises have started adopting immersive technologies to improve existing applications for more intuitive, engaging, and value-adding experiences.

This points toward the tremendous scope of expanding IT jobs and enriching employment opportunities for engineers who can quickly scale up in relevant technologies and marry these technologies to existing business applications.

Full-stack developers

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Web services are increasingly becoming accessible in the form of easy-to-use mobile apps. And that’s where the value of full-stack developers and engineers becomes obvious. These wizards are knowledgeable in computer programming languages used for frontend as well as backend systems development.

Their technical skills and programming experience enable them to develop end-to-end applications, clearly envisaging the backend infrastructure aspects, as well as the frontend UI and UX aspects. This also augurs well for developers who are capable of working with open source platforms that make development of useful business apps easy, inexpensive, and agile.

Languages such as Java and .Net will continue to be relevant, and so will be the developers well versed in them. However, programmers with experience in using PHP, HTML/CSS, Node.js, and Python, along with the ability to quickly learn open source languages, will be the ones getting all the attention from enterprise HR and placement consultancies when it comes to these IT jobs. There’s another factor that’s pushing this trend, and that’s the preference of enterprise IT to move away from platforms that require license fees, and adopt open source alternatives.

IT jobs: Get ‘em while they’re hot

For anybody looking to make an important career decision at this point, these five IT jobs offer an enriching and rewarding future, both professionally and financially.

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16 thoughts on “5 super-cool IT jobs: Get ‘em while they’re hot”

    1. Hi Megan,

      Thanks for the email.

      Indeed, in a web marketing context, digital marketing and SEO will continue to be strong. In 2018, the buzz is that Google will start indexing websites based on their mobile versions instead of desktop versions. The point is, the Internet keeps on evolving, and websites have to keep evolving alongside it. This will certainly keep digital marketers and SEO people busy. However, more than an IT job, their work is about using their domain expertise and creativity, along with IT tools (for keyword research, campaign management, influencer marketing, marketing automation, etc).

      Thanks again.

    1. Benjamin Roussey

      Hello Abi,

      Sorry I did not include that. Mainframe operations would invariably call upon the following skills:

      · Programmers

      · Operators

      · System admins

      · Application designers

      · Production controllers

      I could include that in another related article, part II perhaps.

      Have a terrific day over there.

    1. Benjamin Roussey

      That is a good question Sharath. Perhaps I will write a future article on that point. I hope your week is going well.

  1. Interesting read for my 12grade son .. and might I add informative as well! One quick (maybe silly) question – what exactly is automotive computer science and does it have any scope .. ? . thnx!

  2. Benjamin Roussey

    Thanks Ann. Thanks for the comment, and I am elated you and your 12th grade son read it. I hope he fun and learned what he needed to in high school.

    Computerization within the automobile market has been a major force in the past decade, and as the case for autonomous vehicles gets government backing, the scope of computer science applications within automobiles will expand. Essentially, it ties well with full stack developers who are comfortable working with multiple computer languages, for developing front-end and back-end systems.

    If your son is looking for specializations within IT, I say he strives to be a jack of all trades, and not fixate on either a language or an industry. The pace of change is so rapid that people are moving in and out of careers faster than they thought even, let’s say 4-5 years ago! And hopefully none of them are mismanaged and obtain a bailout like GM did years ago but that is another story.

    I hope your son does well in college. We don’t need humanities and philosophy majors, we need tech and engineering.

    1. Benjamin Roussey

      I may do that. Good to hear from you. That could be a topic for a future article.

      I hope your week is going well.

    1. Benjamin Roussey

      Hello Suraj,

      Thanks for the question. I tried to deliberate on it, and then thought it would be better to ask you to expand the question a little. IoT is a framework and the way I look at it is that it’s focused on several embedded devices talking to each other and the Internet. So if you have a clear distinction in mind about what embedded IoT means for you, I would surely want to know more about it.

      Thanks. I hope your week is going well.

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