With the unstoppable march of smartphones and the Internet, IT has been steadily permeating into every part of our lives, redefining how we live and work. With automation, big data, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, cloud computing becoming a reality, the IT industry is beginning to introduce new career paths that were not previously available.
Below is a list of promising career paths that will be the need of the hour for future techies and IT enthusiasts.
1. Wearables experts
With the growing popularity of smart watches and Google lens, it is believed that wearable devices will be used to train new employees, speed up the sales process, improve customer service, create hands-free guidance for workers and improve the accuracy of information collected to serve the growing analytics movement at companies everywhere.
IT departments will seek out technologists with the ability to deploy, manage and maintain hardware as well as experts who can develop, customise and support the applications and analytics programs that will make wearables useful within their specific organisations
2. Tech experts for AI/robotics
Artificial intelligence and robotics have already moved from science fiction to reality, and soon they'll be coming to a business near you. These technologies are expected to infiltrate wide segments of daily life by 2025, with huge implications for a range of industries such as healthcare, transportation and logistics.
"Run-of the-mill products, services and solutions aren't enough to sustain companies in an increasingly competitive landscape."
Not surprisingly, technologists skilled in this area will be in high demand. IT professionals will have roles to play in programming, integrating and building out the infrastructure for organisational applications of AI and robotics.
3. Digital artisans
As marketing becomes education-based and less sales-based, demand for business writers who specialise in blogs, newsletters, website articles, whitepapers, and special reports will also increase. Individuals in this field must have good communication and writing skills, and be highly creative and original. They must also be self-motivated and self-disciplined in order to meet deadlines.
Run-of the-mill products, services and solutions aren't enough to sustain companies in an increasingly competitive landscape. To thrive in the next five to 10 years, organisations need to seek out talent that can think outside of the box but execute within the system. To deliver that kind of strategic value, IT pros need to be authentic, relevant, intelligent, speedy, artistic and non-conformist.
4. App Developers
A recent survey found that Indians would rather spend a night away from their partners than without their phone. This only emphasizes the demand and potential for app development in India. The proliferation of mobile technology is driving demand for development of new applications. And it's not just consumers. Even organisations are implementing some kind of mobile strategy, and they all need tech professionals who can get the job done. Systems software developers, who create the operating systems for computers, are also poised for prosperity
5. Information Security Analysts
Due to the increase in cybercrime across the country, there has been a propelling demand for information security analysts -- one of fastest projected growth rates of all the jobs on this list. Increasing digital dangers are pushing governments and companies of all stripes to hire more white hats to beef up their information security. They are also highly desirable in hospitals and doctors' offices, where the move to keep more digital records pushes the need to protect patients' privacy.
6. Computer Systems Analysts
With the rapid entangling of technology with every aspect of our lives -- from phones and coffeemakers to cars --you'd be hard-pressed to find a business that doesn't rely on computers in one way or another. That puts the professional who runs the computers in very high demand. Computer systems analysts ensure that organisations' technological needs are met and are constantly improving with the advancements and demands of an increasingly connected world.
7. IT Project Managers
All firms work on projects. And it takes very little to get these tasks wrong. To ensure a successful project completion rate, an IT project manager maintains information technology strategies by managing staff, researching and implementing technological strategic solutions. A successful manager requires a strong combination of communication, planning and organising skills.
8. Computer Forensics Experts
This is a promising career path since cyber-crime rate is surging. Forensic analysis of communications and data on storage devices, such as disks and CD-ROMs. Those qualified can investigate and uncover evidence of illegal activities and cybercrime, from credit card fraud and hacking to child pornography and terrorism.
9. Big Data Analysts
As it becomes easier and easier to track consumer behaviour, purchases and preferences, the availability of all this data promises great potential for organisations to extract insightful information to use as a competitive advantage. Data analytics and data scientists will continue to be in great demand since they possess unique skills in areas such as mathematics, statistics and management science, combined with associated IT skills.
10. 3D Printing Designers
As 3D printing grows, so will the numbers working in it. Jobs will come on board across all sections from designers who can take a product idea and translate it into something that can feasibly be brought to life to engineers and those in sales.