The list of opportunities in IoT is growing by the day, as new technical breakthroughs appear. Here are a few of the IoT jobs of today:
- Business Intelligence Specialists with skills in sensor data analysis, predictive analysis and data center management
- Cyber Security Specialists to manage complexity in IP-enabled devices;
- UI (User Interface) and UX (User Experience) Designers to develop effective, user-friendly interfaces
- Mobile Application Developers to manage smart objects controlled with mobile devices like tablets, smartphones and wearables
- Computer Hardware Engineers to design and develop the actual electronics at the heart of the IoT movement
- Networking Pros to manage embedded sensors used by smart devices to communicate with their environment.
Sam Costello, who is pioneering a smart campus initiative at UNSW, believes movement needs to happen at the tertiary education level. We’re lacking in the data visualisation and analysis skills, which will be required for IoT jobs in the future.
Interestingly, critical thinking and creativity are the two most important things, Costello says. Being able to interpret data is one thing, but the ability to think creatively and do something meaningful with it is the difference. Therefore, multi-skilled talent is needed for IoT.
IoT experts will be numbers experts, yes, but humanising that data into the real world can’t be done without good communication skills.
Change is happening and there’s no denying it. The Internet of Things (IoT) is revolutionising industries and it’s up to us to grow alongside technology to shape our careers for the better.