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October 26, 2017
By Lisa Dare
Looking to the future? Some of the best-paid, fastest-growing—and most interesting—IT jobs of the next few years will be in artificial intelligence, IoT and InfoSec.
Of course, nothing worth having ever comes easy. Most of the jobs require additional training, certifications or possibly even going back to school. We've provided book and MOOC recommendations that will help you dip your toes into the water before diving in.
With absurd compensation packages sometimes veering into the tens of millions, AI engineers have it made. They work in meaningful jobs with the ultimate cool factor: transforming the future. They’re also doing things like curing cancer.
Gartner may have upped the feverish recruiting for AI talent during its Symposium keynote, when they strongly urged organizations to invest in AI over everything else. So while artificial intelligence requires serious skills and education, employers may be waking up to the fact that they should consider developing in-house talent. And that may mean opportunity for you.
Sure, an InfoSec analys—or even a CISO—is unlikely to inspire an NHL-like bidding war. But there’s a ton of opportunity in the field, and professionals report high job satisfaction. Plus, you don’t need a PhD in advanced mathematics.
Speaking of security and machine learning…the Internet of Things will need these new skills and more. It’s almost impossible to talk about an IoT career because building and using embedded devices will take so many different skills. IoT is even more complex than most software now because of the complications of designing new hardware, integrating it with new software and managing new security concerns, not to mention storing and using the massive amount of data generated.
As always, companies are hoping to find a unicorn who possesses deep understanding of hardware, software, cloud, data, product and possibly dark magic, but more realistically, they're looking at hardware pros with some coding exposure, or software developers with a basic idea of how electronics work.