The labor market is going through rapid changes that’ll transform the world forever. A report by the World Economic Forum predicts that technological progress and changes in demographics could lead to a loss of 5 million jobs by 2020.
The report also shows that we could see 7.1 million job losses in total, most of which will be in the administration, office and white collar sectors.
It’s safe to say that we’ll see a lot of changes in the job market over the next few years, but the bright side is that other occupations will increase in demand, particularly in the tech sector.
In the following article, we’re going to explore the latest IT jobs to look out for if you’re interested in the tech industry.
1. Cyber security engineer
Security is always at the forefront of priorities for any major tech company. That’s because a breach in security could be the downfall of a business and security engineers are professionals who protect a company’s computer and network systems from potential hackers and cyber-attacks. This is a profession you probably need at least a bachelor’s degree for, and you’ll do well to stay abreast of trends in information security.
2. AI/ Machine learning engineer
AI refers to artificial intelligence and it’s becoming a hot topic as automatic continues to take over. Machine learning involves scaling data science algorithms to large data sets. As a machine learning engineer, you’ll work alongside data scientists who will define the rules of engagement when it comes to a data set and communicating insights.
You’ll use a lot of analytic tools and you need to know languages like Python, C++ etc. If you’re really good at math, algorithms and problem solving this is probably the perfect career for you and it’s one of the most lucrative as well.
3. Data scientist
Data scientist will become increasingly important in all industries by 2020. That’s because their role is to help different businesses make sense of all the data generated by technological disruptions. After all, the most important thing to large tech companies is automation and data. Like AI and machine learning engineers, data scientists basically analyze and interpret complex data and statistics, and they consult businesses when making decisions based on large data.
They also work very closely with machine learning engineers to implement software based on data and analytics. They use a lot of python based tools, platforms like Hadoop, Apache Spark a lot of data visualization tools etc. They also need to deal with lots unstructured data and make sense of it using these tools.
This job is perfect for anyone with an analytical mind and while some will argue that algorithms will take over analytics, someone needs to program the AI so it knows what to look for and what we need it to bring back from the mountains of data we feed into the internet each day.
4. Full stack web developer
Full stack web developers handle web projects including the server side and the front end. You’ll most likely work with languages like Java Script, C-Sharp, PhP, Python as well as databases and frameworks on both the front-end and backend.
Unless the World Wide Web goes away, this profession is here to stay and is one of the most secure positions in the tech space. The great thing about being a full stack web developer is that it gives you the opportunity to access lucrative positions even if you’re self-taught, whereas most other positions in tech require a college education.
5. DevOps engineer
DevOps is unique in that it can be a wide-ranging profession that requires you to work closely with software engineers and systems operators to oversee code releases. DevOps operators do a lot of testing and deployment maintenance so they need to have experience with platforms like AWS and Azure. They’re usually developers themselves but have other skill sets aside from web development since they need to deal with automation tools, systems and IT operations.
There you have it! Those are the five most in-demand tech professions that are set to dominate the job market for the foreseeable future. Some of these positions overlap and are spread out between software, analytics and infrastructure.