The world is changing, and it's changing fast. The economy is transforming itself into a digital marketplace that demands new skill sets to succeed. You might be wondering: What jobs are on the rise? What positions will pay well in the near future? The following careers in this blog post are poised for growth in the next few years.
1. Internet of Things Strategist
An Internet of Things (IoT) strategist is a person who analyzes and manages IoT business strategies. The job requires an understanding of how the technology works, as well as the potential for growth in this field.
The skills needed to become an IoT strategist include:
- Business knowledge
- Experience with data analysis tools such as Excel and SPSS
- Knowledge of cloud computing solutions, including AWS or Azure
There are many ways to learn these skills. You can attend university programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels that teach you about cloud computing systems, data analytics programs such as Tableau, Python programming language (which is used by some companies to build their own custom software), and more. Another option is online courses offered through Coursera or Udemy that teach specific skills such as Python programming or how-to guides on using different types of analytics software like R Studio (known for its powerful capabilities).
2. Data Scientist
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects jobs in data science to grow by 25% between 2020 and 2024.
Data scientists are needed to help businesses use technology to solve problems, including many of the challenges facing healthcare today. To become a data scientist, you must have both a strong background in statistics and computer science. Schools such as Carnegie Mellon University offer degree programs that combine these disciplines; however, most employers prefer candidates with at least several years of experience in either field before hiring them as data scientists.
3. Robotics Engineer
Robotics engineers design and build robots. The field is in high demand, with robotics engineers currently working in manufacturing, healthcare, and construction industries. As technology advances, there will be more opportunities for robotics engineers to design next generation products that are more efficient than their predecessors.
The median salary for a Robotics Engineer was $129,000 in 2016 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
4. Full Stack Developer
Full stack developers are versatile. They can work on the entire application stack, including both front end and back end development. Full stack developers have experience working with databases, server-side code (e.g., Java), and client-side code (e.g., HTML5). In fact, many companies are looking for full stack engineers because it means they don't have to hire multiple people with different specialties—they just need one person who can do everything from start to finish.
5. Product Manager
A product manager is a person who oversees the development and launch of new products. This position requires someone who can understand the needs of customers, collaborate with other departments to develop effective solutions, and work closely with designers, engineers and salespeople to create successful products.
It's important that you have strong communication skills, since your job will involve communicating with all levels of employees in your organization. You also need to be an excellent problem solver: you'll be tasked with taking an idea from concept through production to implementation and customer adoption.
Product managers are responsible for defining a target customer or market segment—and understanding their wants or needs—before coming up with innovative ideas for how those needs could be met by a product or service that's not yet available on the market (or even thought about). They might brainstorm ideas during brainstorming sessions held regularly at work; they might visit customers' homes if necessary to understand what their actual environment looks like so they can better serve them in future iterations of their product line.
6. Information Security Analyst
Information Security Analysts are responsible for detecting, analyzing and managing security threats. They often work in a team environment, communicating with other members of the organization to ensure that systems are properly protected from malicious actors. In order to become an information security analyst, you should have experience in programming languages like Java or C++, as well as excellent analytical skills. You must also be able to effectively communicate with members of your team who may not be technically-minded; this includes executives who need to understand how their company's data is being protected.
To become an information security analyst, you'll need at least one year of experience in IT administration or cybersecurity before you can take industry-recognized certifications such as CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 exam or GIAC Certified Ethical Hacker (GCIH) certification exam.
7. Artificial Intelligence Specialist
Artificial Intelligence (AI) specialists are in demand and will be for the foreseeable future. In fact, it is predicted that AI could create as many jobs as it displaces. The need for AI specialists is growing in almost every industry and market vertical, so if you want to find a job that pays well, this may be right up your alley.
It can be difficult to define exactly what an AI specialist does–the term itself covers a wide range of applications and technologies–but broadly speaking they are focused on helping organizations implement AI solutions by designing and implementing those solutions.
8. User Experience Designer
User Experience Design (UXD) professionals put themselves in their users' shoes to ensure that products are easy to use, understand and enjoy. They make sure that software, websites, apps and other digital experiences are designed with the end-user in mind.
The term "user experience design" has been around since the late 1990s, but it's only recently begun to gain momentum as a career field worth pursuing. That can be attributed largely to the rise of mobile computing devices like smartphones and tablets that are quickly becoming an integral part of our daily lives—and will continue to be so for many years to come.
The skills needed for this type of work include creativity; problem solving; strong attention to detail; communication at all levels (from one on one up through management); empathy for users of your product; analytical thinking; technical proficiency with software tools such as Photoshop or Adobe InDesign; knowledge about user research methods such as interviews or surveys; familiarity with statistical analysis programs like Excel or R programming language
9. Big Data Architect
Big Data is a term used to describe the massive amounts of data stored in digital form. In the past, storing and analyzing this type of information was cost-prohibitive and time-consuming, but today’s technology allows for nearly instantaneous access to large pools of information that can be analyzed for patterns or trends (e.g., customer purchasing habits). A Big Data architect is responsible for managing these systems at an enterprise level, ensuring they are secure and properly maintained.
A typical day consists of working with stakeholders to determine what processes need improving, evaluating solutions based on their anticipated effectiveness, implementing changes and then measuring results to ensure they meet expectations. The job requires significant knowledge about hardware performance as well as software development methodologies such as Agile development so you’ll want someone who has both business acumen and technical expertise.
Big Data architects make around $150K per year with some companies offering competitive benefits packages including health insurance coverage up 100%. You should expect long hours due to split shifts (nights) since most companies require 24/7 availability since consumers like being able to access financial information whenever it's convenient for them!
10. Database Administrator
A database administrator is a professional who specializes in the design, implementation, and maintenance of database systems. They are responsible for designing databases to meet business needs; implementing new applications into existing systems; assisting with user-interface design; performing regular evaluations on existing databases to ensure they're still relevant; monitoring security and backup procedures; maintaining performance metrics for all forms of data storage.
11. Salesforce Developer
What is Salesforce?
Salesforce is a cloud computing company that offers customer relationship management (CRM) solutions. The platform offers tools for sales, service, marketing and other functions that let you manage your client relationships in one place. It's used by more than 90 percent of the Fortune 100 companies to help them connect with customers across multiple platforms including web, mobile devices and social media.
What is a Salesforce developer?
A Salesforce developer builds apps on the platform using the Force.com platform or Apex programming language. They use APEX code to build custom applications with user interfaces that interact with data held in the Force database system. They also write custom code for their own applications or integrate with third-party systems like Google Analytics to add functionality beyond what comes out-of-the-box from Salesforce itself
12. Mobile Applications Developer
The need for mobile apps is growing rapidly as more people rely on their smartphones to connect with others, find information, and stay entertained. As the mobile app market grows, demand will continue rising along with it;
In fact, according to Payscale's report on the best-paying jobs of 2016, this job category ranks third when it comes to salary growth over the next five years (behind only cyber security engineer and software architect).
The highest-paid entry-level positions in this field include Android developer and iOS developer; however if you want to earn top dollar down the road then consider switching over to software architect or chief technology officer.
13. Network Operations and Technicians
This job involves managing networks and computers.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), this is one of the most in-demand jobs on the planet, with a projected growth rate of 19% by 2024.
This means more people will be needed to oversee computer systems and networks. In order to get this job, you'll need a bachelor's degree or higher in information technology or networking from an accredited university. With such fast-growing demand for network operations and technicians, salaries are high for these professionals—and they're expected to continue climbing as well!
14. Cloud Architect and Administrator
A cloud architect and administrator are two different roles within the cloud computing industry. A cloud architect is responsible for designing, building and maintaining an organization's cloud infrastructure. A cloud administrator is responsible for managing an organization's existing cloud infrastructure, or administering their own on-premises network in collaboration with other technology departments. If you're interested in becoming a Cloud Architect or Administrator, you should have a strong background in programming and system administration.
Hopefully, you’ve learned something about the top jobs that will pay well in the near future. If you’re looking for a job with good pay and a high demand, these are all excellent options. Of course, there are many other ways to earn money besides working as an employee at a company—you could start your own business or freelance as an entrepreneur on sites like Upwork or TaskRabbit. But if you want something more stable and secure than those options provide, then these 15 careers are worth exploring!