Technology is now developing at such a rapid rate that trend forecasts can seem out-of-date only a month after they get published. As technology shifts, it allows even quicker change and progress, leading to the acceleration of the change rate, until ultimately it will become exponential.
While technology-based careers don’t shift at that same speed, they do progress. A smart IT professional should be continuously learning and staying current with IT trends. They should stay on top of the abilities required to succeed and the kinds of jobs for which they are qualified.
With this in mind, consider the following five technology trends expected to impact 2019.
1) Artificial intelligence
Experts say artificial intelligence (AI) will lead to the elimination of tens of millions of jobs by 2030. However, AI is also expected to create jobs: Experts have said that AI-related jobs will hit 23 million by the end of the decade. These jobs will be in development, programming, testing, support and maintenance, to name a few.
Some observers have said it will soon rival data scientist as the most in-need type of IT professional.
Blockchain is expected to dramatically enhance the worldwide supply chain industry, along with other industries like real estate.
As the usage of blockchain technology rises, so too does the need for skilled professionals. According to TechCrunch, blockchain jobs are the second-fastest-growing class of jobs, with 14 job openings for every blockchain developer, a person who specializes in creating blockchain architecture and solutions.
Organizations are also trying to find software engineers, consultants and project supervisors for blockchain projects. Financial institutions, retail and healthcare are all hiring blockchain professionals and manufacturing is expected to follow suit.
3) Edge computing
Edge computing is designed to tackle the latency associated with cloud computing. Because edge computing systems are closer to where computing must occur, this technology can be used to for time-sensitive functions in remote areas with limited or no connectivity.
Edge computing will rise in popularity as the Internet of Things expands. According to projections, the international edge computing market will hit nearly $7 billion by 2022.
4) Virtual reality and augmented reality
According to Monster.com, the need for job applicants with VR knowledge is up 37 percent, however, those with VR skills are scarce. Along with significant players like Google and Oculus, plenty of VR and AR startups are forming and will be hiring. Getting started with VR doesn’t call for a great deal of specialized knowledge, just basic programming abilities and a progressive mindset.
Malicious hackers who are attempting to illegally access information are not going to give up in the near future, and the quantity of cybersecurity jobs is developing three times faster than other tech jobs. Meanwhile, there’s a shortage of people able to fill those jobs. Consequently, it’s expected we will have 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021.
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