20 September 2018 · IT News

The robots are coming 

It’s fair to say that the IT job market has changed over the last few years, and continues to change. Automation and AI have been a popular topic in the news lately, with some scaremongers predicting job losses a-plenty. But is this really the case? Or have automation technologies presented new opportunities for IT experts?  

There’s no denying it – automation has made the modern workforce more productive. Automation is primarily used for labour intensive or repetitive tasks, freeing up our focus for tasks that require more brainpower. The flip side though, is that automation and AI may make some roles obsolete in the future. A recent report from Accenture suggests that one in ten jobs are at risk of automation. So, what IT jobs offer the most job security in the years to come?

To help you prepare, we’ve pulled together our prediction of IT jobs that will thrive in this brave new world:

 

IT Job #1: Software Developer

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What is software development?

Software developers are the brains behind programs. They are in charge of the software development cycle for their organisation. This could mean looking after programs, or the systems that the programs work on.

A software developer’s input is integral at every stage of software creation. They are part of identifying user requirements and crafting a solution that meets it. Their problem-solving skills and technical knowledge are hugely valuable to software projects.

While they’re big thinkers, they’re also up to date with the nitty-gritty of writing programs. Developers are fluent in languages like Django, JavaScript and Ruby on Rails.

Why is it a secure IT job?

Experts expect software development roles to grow by 24% in the next eight years globally. It seems that demand will outstrip supply, with more jobs than workers. We predict tech companies will continue to drive demand for these types of roles.

As the industry becomes more competitive, the need for experienced developers will grow. Large organisations will also need skilled software developers to help drive digital transformation.

Automation cannot replace the soft skills required by software developers. On a day-to-day basis, a software developer works with many stakeholders to complete a project. Collaborating with different people, from users to designers, is a must-have skill.

In the future, software developers will need to be not only skilled at their trade, but also able to work across silos. Experience with Agile and knowledge of DevOp tools and techniques will prove useful.

 

IT Job #2: Cyber Security Expert

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What is a Cyber Security Expert?

A Cyber Security Specialist keeps important assets safe from hackers and malicious attacks. They build security plans for software, networks and data storage.

Ongoing system maintenance is a big part of the job – cybersecurity specialists also ensure processes are implemented well and continue to protect important data. Cyber Security Specialists are the superheroes of the digital age.

What does an average day look like for a Cyber Security Expert? Every day is different, with cyber threats coming from all angles. It may involve analysing potential safety issues or planning for malicious incidents.

They also test current systems for abnormal activity. Cyber Security Experts are basically hackers, except their hacking is put towards doing good in the digital world!

Cyber Security Experts have analytical dispositions, distinguishing the malicious from the benign regularly. As cyber attackers become savvier, Cyber Security Experts must keep up to date with technological developments. As such, Cyber Security Experts need to be curious, creative and always willing to learn.

Why is it a secure IT job?

Cybersecurity skills are already among the most sought after, and with our reliance on the internet growing, so will demand for their skills. In fact, it’s estimated that by 2021 there will be 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs unfilled worldwide.

Cybercrime is also on the rise – experts predict that by 2020 cybercrime will cost $6 trillion worldwide. There is a huge need for people with the right skills to combat the issue.

Cyber Security Specialists will need problem-solving skills, with new threats arising every day. It’s not a job for the faint of heart – the future of cybersecurity is high stakes, so if you’re a thrill seeker, this is the job for you.

 

IT Job #3: Data Specialist

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What is a Data Specialist?

Data Specialist roles come in all shapes and sizes. Essentially a data specialist (sometimes referred to as a data scientist) analyse data for insights. They will understand the problem, and identify what should be measured. They’ll then pull together information from different data sources and use it to solve the problem.

Data Specialists are great at manipulating data – problem-solving and lateral thinking are absolute musts. They also need to be able to communicate their findings to stakeholders. Data Specialists also have a head for programming, devising algorithms to mine big datasets for information.

Why is this IT job secure?

Companies are collecting data left, right and centre. With more data being collected, it stands to reason that we’ll need people that can do something with it. While machines will no doubt be able to create useful algorithms, a human’s touch will still be important.

And while AI is very good at number crunching, it’s difficult for it to find new areas of opportunity. Data science is here to stay, and will likely develop in scope and opportunity.

So there you have it, these jobs also happen to be in demand right now, so if you’re keen to get your career started, check out our current job listings.