Summary: The developments of the past year also provided increased clarity about career paths of the future
Original author and publication date: BusinessTech – December 18, 2020
Futurizonte Editor’s Note: It is time to open our minds to a new future and, therefore, prepare for that new future.
From the article:
Covid-19 and lockdowns forever changed the way the world will do business, and accelerated the move of many companies towards conducting their business online, remotely and by incorporating new systems and processes into their operations.
The developments of the past year also provided increased clarity about career paths of the future, and prospective students still undecided about their plans for next year, or people already in employment who want to set out on a new path, would do well to investigate and consider careers where qualified professionals are likely to remain in high demand in coming decades, an education expert says.
“Careers of the future will increasingly require people skilled and qualified in careers involving the cloud, internet of things, big data, cyber security, artificial intelligence, machine learning and augmented reality,” said Nola Payne, head of faculty: Information and Communications Technology at The Independent Institute of Education.
“These fields will undoubtedly continue expanding, and alongside their growth, will need to grow their workforce. So these are excellent options for young people and Matrics still uncertain about what they would like to do with their futures.
“And because many existing jobs can be future-proofed by acquiring additional skills and knowledge, and adapting to move applications and systems to the cloud, those who already started on different career paths are also in a position to future-proof their careers with a little additional investment in their education,” she said.
Payne said some of the most popular fields of study next year include:
Mobile App developer/Web developer
“These two can stand apart, but often go hand in hand in a combined career,” she said.
“Mobile app development is one of the fastest growing disciplines as more functionality move to mobile devices. Good news for prospective students is that there is currently a big skills gap in this area, so there are many opportunities in this field, and it is also a good fit for those interested in becoming entrepreneurs.”
On the web development side, Payne noted that the increase in social media advertising has increased the demand for web developers.
“Most companies these days invest in e-commerce solutions, while all companies regardless of size, or whether they are new or old, should have their own website. To make a success in these fields, professionals require responsive web design, user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) skills.”
Those pursuing a career in app development will need to be well versed in user interface design and adaptation to different mobile operating systems and screen sizes, for instance smart phones, tablets and smart watches, said Payne.
Software engineers & database administrators
“Both of these are existing careers, but are constantly evolving as a result of the need to adapt for operation in the cloud and on digital devices. Additionally, there is a massive and growing demand for improved security, with databases and application systems shielded from attack while being properly managed and networked,” said Payne.
Cyber security expert
“Further to the above, dedicated cyber security experts are some of the most in demand professionals,” said Payne.
“With hackers and bad faith actors growing in their number and their ability to sow havoc in public and private organisations across the globe, these professionals play a vital role in shielding their employers from attack. Their role is to secure websites, company data, and sensitive information in the cloud.”
They need to be able to anticipate and correct flaws and backdoors in access to an organisation’s sensitive data, understand how hackers work and how they access secure sites, and ensure multi-level authentication for sites with sensitive information, for instance in banking.