March 30, 2018
Asking a kid today what they want to be when they grow up may be a bit disingenuous. The truth of the matter is that most jobs kids in elementary school now will grow to fulfill probably don’t even exist yet! The key to thriving in the economy of the future will be a drive for lifelong learning and the agility to learn new skills to keep up with evolving markets and technology.
A recent Zawya article surveyed IT professionals in the Middle East and 74% of those surveyed see IoT as a driving force for jobs of the future. Nearly 2,000 IT professionals of different nationalities responded to the Zawya survey. Regionally, e-commerce and enterprise IT companies are recruiting the most coders.
Types of IoT Jobs
CIO predicts IoT spending will grow by 17% in 2018 alone. Companies will need to hire professionals both in-house and via outsourcing to develop, launch and maintain IoT devices. The types of IoT positions CIO sites companies are now hiring for include IoT cloud systems engineers, big data engineers, developers and programmers.
The majority of these new IoT positions are technical. However, as discussed in a previous post, marketers will also need to become familiar with IoT. If you’re a marketing professional, get acquainted with data derived from IoT as well as marketing opportunities in the IoT channels. Marketers can gain insights on product performance, usage patterns as well as direct customer feedback.
Pivoting into Jobs of the Future
One of the interesting points the Zawya survey revealed was the consensus among respondents on low barriers to entry to the field. Roughly 60% of respondents agree that it takes relatively little time for people to learn software development regardless of possessing a technical or non-technical background. Many universities offer coding and data science boot camps that can be completed in as little as six months for those looking to pivot into a technical role. These courses offered by university extension programs or MOOCs (massive online open courses) can allow both current IT and non-IT professionals sharpen their skillsets and keep current with current technology demands.