Future-proof your IT career

Wondering which IT specialization to choose? We’ve profiled the roles that will top the wish list of every recruiter to make sure your future-self is in hot demand.

 Choosing an IT specialization that will be in hot demand in the future will send you straight to the most-wanted list of recruiters all around the world. Luckily, these growth areas are also fascinating and cutting edge, providing great options for the best candidates to enjoy a challenge and engage with a satisfying role.

Just as every savvy company plans for its future, mapping your career road map and choosing a specialization is good planning. If it’s something you’re passionate about, even better! And if you don’t quite fit the bill yet, now’s the time to learn, choose a mentor in the field or pick up a new skill. Future-proof yourself, and get excited about the possibilities.  

Robotics and wearables

Consumer and commercial desire for both of these shows no sign of abating. The consumer wearables market is huge and the commercial robotics and AI market is only just beginning to realize the promise this industry will hold. By 2025, we’re likely to see many of our industries disrupted by commercial robotics applications – and all these robots will need a lot of engineers.

So, if you have a passion for technology and want to remain in the driver’s seat of your career, look no further. We already have pizza delivery drones – why not be part of what’s going to follow?  

Cloud computing  

As more and more businesses relocate their vital data to the cloud and turn to SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions, the demand for a cloud specialization will rise – sky high. Likewise, any business looking to move to the cloud is hoping to create new efficiencies, and capacity management is a fine art where these resources are concerned.  

Keen to get into the cloud? Make sure you’ve got Perl, Ruby, Ruby on Rails and Python, Java and JavaScript in your arsenal, along with API development and familiarity with a DevOps environment.

Go mobile

We don’t mean thinking about becoming a mobile device specialist – although, that’s not a bad idea. Businesses across the world are beginning to engage with the possibilities of working virtually and to enjoy the benefits, including lower overheads, the ability to spread staff across time zones and to access talent internationally. Becoming a specialist in the requirements of a virtual set up will now see you in good stead as more companies look to explore these options.  

The Internet of Things specialists  

Without people to piece it together, the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes just another collection of cool devices. A massive opportunity needs talented people to imagine and design for a new world of technology. Integrating the IoT into our everyday lives will not be possible without people to push these boundaries.

Likewise, as we see an explosion in the amount of data created by these new technologies, we’ll need people who are experts at managing the workflow. Businesses looking to access the capabilities of the IoT will look to work in real time and will need programmers and engineers with the necessary chops.  

Security

With every new innovation comes a new requirement for security, so choosing to specialize in that area really could be the ultimate in future-proofing. More traditional approaches to security, which tend to be largely manual in nature, will be pushed aside in favor of an ‘intelligent’ approach which automates processes, leaving the elements of analysis and crisis management to the expert.  

With the increase in cloud systems, the widespread adoption of the IoT and an increase in ‘open’ systems will come a demand for security experts with deep subject knowledge and the ability to adapt and innovate. So if you’re looking for future job security, think about becoming a network security specialist, an information security expert or a cybersecurity software engineer.