As the Internet of Things continues to expand, forward-thinking IT professional will enjoy a variety of challenging and lucrative job opportunities. These IT skill sector will be especially sought after in the age of IoT.

 

1.    Business Intelligence

With so many devices consuming and sending exabytes of raw information, the true potential of “big data” will be realized. Organizations will endeavor to collect, store, and analyze smart device data streams for actionable intelligence — business intelligence specialists with skills in sensor data analysis, data center management, predictive analytics, and programming chops in the leading big data platforms, such as Hadoop and NoSQL, will be ideally positioned to meet these needs.

2.    Information Security

Already home to one of the largest talent gaps in the IT workforce, cyber security specialists will be even more sought-after as the influx of IP-enabled devices increase the complexity – and with it the potential exploits and privacy concerns – of the Web. Will someone be able hack into your smart-fridge and gain access to your entire network? IT Security Professional skilled in vulnerability assessment, PKI security, ethical hacking, and wireless network security are already being scooped up to evaluate and mitigate risks like these. Knowledge of data ethics and privacy policy will further help you advance your information security career in the IoT.

3.    Mobile Development

Many of our smart objects will be controlled with mobile devices, i.e., smartphones, tablets, and wearables, driving additional demand for the white-hot mobile application development  job role. Platform-wise, Apple iOS and Android application developers will garner the most demand, as these two platforms account for over 90% of mobile devices in India circulation. Digging a little deeper, those with experience developing mobile apps that communicate with external hardware and sensors will be especially sought-after in the proliferating IoT workforce.

4.    Hardware Engineering

Computer hardware engineers design and build the actual electronics at the heart of the Internet of Things movement. Engineers who can develop and install Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other connectivity solutions will be in great demand. Other valuable hardware skills in the IoT include micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) engineering, wireless sensor design, and quality assurance. Hardware technicians will also benefit from razor-sharp soft skills.

5.    Networking

Smart devices will use a wide range of embedded sensors to communicate and interact with their environment, broadening the array of methods for sending and gathering data. Network professional will need top-notch skills in designing, maintaining and optimizing large-scale traffic across secure, reliable and redundant backbones that connect different destinations. Knowledge of typical wireless (WPA/WEP or 3G/4G) connections will be in high demand, along with the ability to support RFID (radio frequency identification) and emerging wireless protocols like Bluetooth Low Energy.