A recent report credits technological advancements for creating jobs over the last century. Here are just a few cutting edge careers in technology that are sure to tempt you.
New technology has created whole new industries and expanded older ones. Newer and bigger industries create a larger demand for workers; put simply — more gadgets equals more jobs.
Standing for mobile health, mHealth is medical practice supported by mobile devices. The fastest growing of mHealth’s sub-sectors is app development. Fitness apps are already popular with the health conscious. Smart devices now come with in-built pedometers that track your daily exercise. If you’re interested in mHealth app development, there are a number of junior roles you can begin with. For example, you could start at a salary of roughly £16,000 – £18,000 a year as a junior creative media designer. The job offers valuable experience and simply requires experience with the software used, although related academic qualifications would certainly help.
Virtual reality (VR) is a great new technology with seemingly endless applications. Newly founded companies have dedicated themselves to helping clients use this tech in order to maximise profit. You could get a job as a junior creative technologist researching VR and briefing clients on the newest VR innovations. You could also get a job demonstrating VR in a public space in order to advertise for a developer. This can be a great way of building your CV if you hope to work towards a higher role in this area.
Software development (Video Processing)
Video processing is a market that is often changed by incoming technology. Nowadays it’s VR, but not long ago the world of video processing was shaken up by stereoscopic 3D. However, being able to use new technology in the workplace does come with steep entry requirements. Many video processing companies ask for their applicants to have a 1st or 2.1 at degree level in a numerate subject (maths, engineering, physics etc.), though if you work hard for these qualifications, it’s clearly rewarding. You could also be earning £27,000 – £45,000 when you start, and then there should be space for moving up within the field.
New technology in this department means that most of the actual data gathering is performed by complex software. Requirements for a data analysis vacancy are usually experience in the area and knowledge of coding. Corporations, especially major ones, use data analytics to see how consumers behave and how the business can improve using this information. For example, a video streaming service might analyse how long people take to turn off certain shows or how long it takes for consumers to find something to watch. When starting off, you can apply for an apprenticeship in data analytics or perhaps do a numerate degree at university to build your CV before applying. Data analytics is already an integral part of many businesses and you could be the next to join this ever-growing market.
Blockchain is a distributed ledger most famously used by Bitcoin. Many companies have begun research this year into developing it for other purposes. The important thing to consider with blockchain engineering is that it’s an investment. It’s important not to specialise, otherwise any issues found in the tech become issues with your particular skill. Strong software development and engineering skills are required as well as a core understanding of the complex blockchain system. It’s essential that you know multiple coding languages such as Java and C++, as well as having a general understanding of cryptography. There is high demand for people who can operate new technology and a low supply of these people. This means companies are willing to pay a premium for workers who understand blockchain.
Cutting edge technology means businesses have to be responsible with security. Companies often hire a team of cyber security consultants to give advice on how to keep information secure and software safe from hackers. Cyber security departments will often hack the business’ network in order to point out any faults that allowed them to do so. Employers want experience in security architecture, as well as core disciplines of IT such as risks and controls, vulnerability and compliance. There are apprenticeships in cyber security to get you started or you could study for a BSc in cyber/computer security from select universities.
These are a handful of the jobs created by new technology. Inventions are being thought up every second and are sure to bring with them exciting opportunities. So remember to pay attention, because the next gadget to arrive could be carrying your dream job.