If you’re someone who has worked in IT consulting company for some time or is pondering on a career in IT, then IoT must have been one of the possible specializations that you have thought about in a today’s scenario. However, unlike the lots of other technical specifications like System Administrators, that have been in IT since time immemorial, IoT is a relatively burgeoning field as of now.
In spite of its relatively short period of existence, IoT has proliferated with the help of the most enterprise solutions, with more than 29% of industries employing IoT in some form or the other with another 70% looking to get on board by the end of 2019. With so many manufacturers looking to make the switch, the demand for people who are well versed in IoT and Cloud are at an all-time high.
However, as easy as it might seem at the first point of time, developing or managing an IoT system is far more difficult than a job which is merely a desk-based IoT.
So, here are the 3 Ways To Prepare Yourself For a Job in Internet of Things:
A recent job survey which is conducted by a US-based company, Burning Glass, found out some interesting statistics. Out of more than 800,000 job listings in the US, only a mere 1000 have been allotted for IoT only. So as of now where are the jobs in Internet of things going to? Well according to a recent report which has been revealed by Technalysis Research, around 50% of the people currently dedicating more than half their time on IoT were from the IT department. So what were the skills that these companies were expected to pick up on?
1. Management Skills
One of the most essential and vital skills that working in IoT demands is not at all a technical skill in the first place. This is because IoT is more of a marriage between IT and OT and while these two bodies have kept separate for some of the long time, with the advent of IoT we find that people from both sides of the pond have to communicate with each other.
When the sensors and smart hubs meet the workers and moving parts of the real world scenario, having the managerial skills to work with people who is also possessing different skill sets and the ability to make friends comes to the forefront in a much better way.
2. Machine Languages
Most people in the IT departments have spent much of their time working on a higher level of department and languages such as C# and Java. While these are some of the important skill sets to have as well, they’re not vital to understanding how the IoT devices work on a basic level. In order to get a thorough understanding of all the IoT devices, having a good grasp on Machine Learning is much more imperative.
3. Cloud Computing
Another important piece of the puzzle is cloud computing as most IoT solutions come with a cloud-based analytics platform which is as of now use for the same. As a result, for anyone to develop on the IoT platform having a thorough understanding of Cloud Computing and resource allocation becomes truly essential.
As of now, we are at a very early stage of development for Internet of Things and, it makes sense that someone looking to make a career out of it will have to learn a lot of things on the go and experiment and develop some of the new solutions on the fly. In the coming years as we head to 28 billion connected devices by the end of 2020, we expect that IoT will become a regular curriculum, in Universities worldwide.