Make the most of the IoT skills shortage: 7 top jobs for the future
You see the IoT on the horizon and you want to get involved - which skills will be most valuable?
The true internet of things – where industry is connected on a national or international scale in a way that meaningful data can be collected by firms – is earmarked for 2025.
That said, Samsung Electronics president, Boo-Keun Yoon said 90 percent of the company’s household appliances will be IoT-enabled within two years.
But there is a skills gap in the IoT market ready to be exploited by the tech-savvy. Here are the skills that will flourish in the emerging space.
1. 1. Engineers that can predict loads on infrastructure correctly
It is already difficult to find engineers with experience of estimating proper wireless coverage to avoid wastage. This will be crucial for any company that needs to set up a network to connect equipment, shop shelves or even cars. Specialists jobs in this area will start to pay well.
2. 2. Performance testing of networks
Network application performance will need testing across connected devices in all sectors, from supporting connected home appliances, supermarket shelves to high-tech cars infotainment systems.
3. 3. Operating System testing
Engineers will also need to be able to diagnose issues at the operating system level. While network performance monitoring is the primary source for highlighting problems, unusual spikes in sensor data could be a warning sign – and firms will need professionals who can identify these.
4. 4. Business analytics
The benefits and insights a company can glean from big data have long been touted. Working with data sets and understanding how to aggregate data to understand how an organisation can leverage it to operate more efficiently will become one of the most sought after roles. Currently, technology has expanded far faster than the workforce that can maintain it – so it is worth looking into qualifications.
5. 5. Network security experts
Penetration testing for networks will become more important for increasing security layers amongst currently flimsy sensors at present. As firms move their data, or connect to data stored off-premise, network security will become increasingly important.
6. 6. Compliance
As the public becomes more informed about data protection, privacy and their data sharing rights, more scrutiny will be placed on firms that want to protect reputations. Compliance teams will become increasingly important at any point where a firm is interacting with consumer’s personal data.
7. 7. Data warehouse engineers
As well as being analysed and visualised for the executives to monitor architecture and network performance and improve overall user experience, data will need to be processed properly. The ability to use software to leverage enterprise storage is in demand. Hadoop developers, Hadoop data analyst, and Hadoop administrators are already sought after roles. Mapr offers training for Hadoop.