In celebration of June’s London Tech Week 2019, we examined the future of technology and how it will affect our world.

In this article, we shall be discussing how new innovations may affect jobs in the technological sector.

The world of technology is evolving fast, with inventions and possibilities once thought the stuff of science fiction edging closer to reality. Demand for people who can design, develop and test these technologies will grow in parallel with these new concepts, but which jobs and skills will be of most value?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Developer

Artificial Intelligence will become a significant part of our daily lives in the near future. It will mean driverless cars, drones delivering our takeaways and universal translators that will enable two people speaking different languages to understand one another in an instant. The people behind these futuristic concepts will be AI Developers.

In order to get involved with one of the most dramatic parts of the next stage of our technological revolution and become an AI Developer, there are certain skills that an individual must possess. These include, C++, STL, knowledge of APIs (for example, OpenGL and Physx, as well as profiling tools (such as Perl and Perlforce). A hobby of building and playing games will also be of help too!

DevOps Engineer

As time goes by, the influence of DevOps continues to expand. Employing DevOps allows organisations to deliver targets more frequently and efficiently. Similarly, they also enjoy faster recovery from failure and minimise downtime when technical failures occur.

Businesses will increasingly wish for their objectives to be met faster and more efficiently. DevOps Engineers will be needed to deliver features, fixes and updates in line with these. Therefore, not only must a hopeful applicant in this field have a good grasp of software development and its lifecycle, but they must be well versed in agile methodologies and be willing to work as part of a team to solve a problem.

Internet of Things (IoT) Architect

Society is already beginning to embrace the Internet of Things in their households. People can now control the temperature and security of their homes using just their smartphones. Soon coffee makers, outdoor lighting, refrigerators and more will be online. In 2019 alone, around 3.6 billion devices that were connected to the internet were used for daily tasks. Advances in machine learning will mean that objects will learn patterns of behaviour without assistance from humans.

This calls for more IoT Architects to maintain the continuing innovation within this increasingly prominent sector. They will require a detailed knowledge of machine to machine strategy and cloud-based technologies. Solid understanding of technical marketing and analytical skills would also be necessary for success as an IoT Architect.

Data Scientist

Today’s enormous stores of data are continuing to grow by the day, providing an invaluable source of information and insight for businesses to help them satisfy their customers and reach new audiences. Data Scientists can help these companies make the best possible commercial decisions by carefully analysing data and extracting useful knowledge. Those using mass data to gather insights will be able to get even clearer glimpses into the preferences and personalities of their audience.

Data Scientists require skills in statistical programming languages (for example, R and Python), database query languages (such as SQL) and a good grasp of mathematical concepts like Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra.

Cybersecurity Engineer

Most businesses today are made up of a digital infrastructure. Additionally, the increasing amount of personal data online means that businesses and individuals are more vulnerable to severe cyberthreats, particularly as these develop in volume and complexity.

This means that the need for Cybersecurity Engineers has never been more urgent. These people will be able to help prevent and protect against hacks and viruses that could halt the running of the largest organisations. The requirements for this role include Firewall and network certifications, such as CCP, CISSP and CCNA. They will need a fundamental understanding of networking, encryption and tokenisation technologies, as well as good knowledge of ethical hacking practices.

Virtual Reality Engineer

The possibilities for virtual reality (VR) are soon to be endless. We already have an element of it in our lives with gaming devices that make us feel as though we are within a game, rather than just watching it. However, predictions suggest that we will soon have VR apps to help us with interior design. There are already shops and libraries in Korea where the shelves display graphics of the books and goods. The customers tap on the image of the product they wish to buy, receiving the physical form later at the till.

The rise of VR will see an increasing demand for VR Engineers. They will need a sound knowledge of most aspects of computer work, from graphics and digital image processing, to mobile app development. Other requirements include the use of Objective – C, C++, C, C#, OpenGL, ES and Direct X.

Staying abreast of news about technological developments is key to ensuring you can harness a career with longevity that will be invaluable to businesses and society. We are now living in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the age that combines computerisation with connectivity. Thinking ahead to how this will affect our future will help you be a part of it.

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