Over the last few years, technology has been evolving at an exponential pace, and what was in-demand last year may not be as relevant moving forward. This is part of the reason why it’s imperative to upskill and to continue learning throughout your career.
As number of new developments have taken place this year, here are the trends that will dominate hiring in the tech space moving into 2019:
Automation has arguably been the biggest tech trend in the past few years and will likely be just as in-demand in the coming year as well. While some may say that having machines taking over human tasks such as packaging products and providing simple customer support is resulting in job loss, automation is actually creating as many new jobs as it displaces and allowing workers to focus on more complex work.
As automatic is becoming more commonplace, there is an emerging demand for software developers, engineers, support and maintenance staff, and countless other occupations, and it will continue to increase in 2019 and beyond.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has been one of the key buzzwords in tech over the last few years, and rightly so. It is awe-inspiring how machines are being programmed to mimic a human’s cognitive functions from visual perception to decision making. Unsurprisingly, here is an increasing penetration of AI tools in our daily lives. Be it navigation apps or smart home devices, many people are using AI tools in some capacity daily. As more consumers adopt these technologies, the demand for developers will continue to increase.
A critical subset of Artificial Intelligence is machine learning, another key emerging technology. Machine learning essentially refers to a computer’s ability to learn new things that it was not initially programmed for. As unbelievable as it might sound to those who are not so familiar with the tech world, this is a regular protocol for computers – machines today are learning how to track data and analyse patterns. This is giving digital platforms the insights they need to prioritise content, search results and ads for their consumers.
Virtual reality (VR) refers to the computer-generated simulation of a 3D environment, which a person can interact with in a seemingly real way by using special electronic equipment such as helmets with screens inside or gloves with sensors. Although VR has primarily been used for gaming thus far, it has enormous potential in defense training, education, medical rehabilitation and many other sectors, and is a growing and exciting field.
While cybersecurity is a technology that has been around for a while, it will continue to be equally relevant in coming times. As data security becomes a vital consideration for consumers and digital businesses, the cybersecurity jobs are likely to keep rising.