Information Technology companies in India may have tightened appraisals of employees working on legacy services and experts working on US-based projects may be worried about job security, but the outlook for the sector isn’t all bad.
According to industry group National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), the sector is expected to hire 1.5 lakh people this year. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Infosys, despite the pink-slip rumors, have said they intend to recruit more than 20,000 engineers each.
With the IT sector seeing a rise in demand for services with new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data analytics, machine learning andInternet of Things (IoT), there’s been a shift in the kind of employees top firms are looking for.
Backing this, an Infosys spokesperson recently said the IT industry is witnessing a change in hiring patterns with “unconventional, high-value graduates with differential skills likely to be more attractive.”
We give you the seven IT jobs that will be in demand this year. Bonus: They won’t be done by robots anytime soon.
Analytics, a subarea of statistics, is a rapidly growing field in the IT industry.
What they do: An analytics manager manages the configuration, design, implementation and support of the data analysis solution/ business intelligence tool. This is used to analyze the humongous quantities of information gathered through transactional activity.
Qualifications needed: Post-secondary education in math, statistics, business, or a related field. IT skills are paramount as analytics managers work with complex software programs.
Look for analytics manager jobs here.
A data scientist essentially interprets big data to give businesses direction for the future. Such jobs have increased 39% between January 2014 and September 2016, according to data and insight company CEB.
What they do: It’s said that a data scientist is “someone who is better at statistics than any software engineer and better at software engineering than any statistician.” A data scientist gathers huge volumes of data from multiple internal and external sources, analyses and examines it, uses programs and methods to use this data for predictive and prescriptive modeling, and devises data-driven solutions to the most tenacious challenges.
Qualifications: There is no specific course, but a data scientist is driven by intense curiosity. S/he combines the skills of data hacker, analyst, communicator and trusted adviser. And yes, s/he can write code.
Look for data scientist jobs here.
Network and Computer Systems Administrator
Computer networks are critical to almost every organization, which explains the demand for administrators.
What they do: Network and computer systems administrators are involved with and responsible for the day-to-day operation of computer networks in an organization. They install, organize and maintain the computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.
Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in computer science, in web technology, network administration or something similar, is needed for this role.
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Cloud Computing Specialist
A McKinsey report states more large enterprises are expected to move workloads to the cloud at a faster rate than in the past.
What they do: Cloud computing involves using a network of remote servers on the Internet to store, manage and process data. Cloud computing resources can be deployed in three ways: private cloud, public cloud and hybrid cloud.
Qualifications: You’re on the right cloud computing career path if you offer technical and project management skills, enterprise architecture knowledge, security and compliance along with data integration and analysis.
Look for cloud computing jobs here.
The numbers for programming jobs may be dropping but coding is the most in-demand skill across industries.
What they do: To put it simply, coding is telling a computer what you want it to do by typing in step-by-step commands for it to follow. Computers are obedient and super-efficient coders can get them to do whatever they want. With every program, app and website relying on code to operate, coders are the builders and architects and builders of the digital age.
Look for coding jobs here.
User Experience Designer
This hot IT job was ranked 14th in CNN’s top 100 jobs list. The number of positions is likely to rise by 18% over the next 10 years.
What they do: A user experience designer, be it UX, UXD, UED or XD, is the go-to person for enhancing user satisfaction with a product. S/he helps improve the usability, accessibility and pleasure provided in the interaction with the product. This person works with traditional human–computer interaction (HCI) design while addressing all aspects of a product/service as perceived by users.
Qualifications: Relentless interest in problem solving and skills such as agile and lean UX, rapid prototyping, responsive design, crowd-sourced and user-centered design, and business acumen.
Look for user experience designer jobs here.
Clearly, the IT jobs of the future will be different from those in the past. That’s why companies are beginning to reskill existing employees, as many as half of the 3.9 million people the industry employs. Is it time for you to upskill? Find a course here.