Regardless of industry, many companies have mapped out their goals for next 3, 5 and 10 years. Along with these goals they detail how they expect to reach those goals and what they will need to get there – including what technologies they anticipate needing. As the technology field continues to grow at this rapid rate with new devices and programs coming to market seemingly all the time, it is no surprise that the IT field will continue to add jobs for many, many years to come. However, as an IT professional, especially in NYC where the market seems to advance at the forefront of these developments, it is important to make sure that your own personal career path concentrates on industries and skills that will maximize the longevity of your career.
Recently, there are many reports from industry leaders like CompTIA and PwC that highlight IT focus areas that professionals should be concentrating on that will still be relevant and on the rise in 2020 and beyond. Here are our top 5 picks that staffing firms and recruiters will be looking to hire in the coming years and how to future-proof your IT career:
- Know the Cloud: with 90% of US companies currently using one variety or another of a cloud system, it is not a surprise that in the next 5+ years, this number will creep closer to 100%. With a mix of public and private cloud programs, companies are going to need skilled experts who can manage and secure their clouds.
- Analytics professionals: with the constant development of new technologies, devices and applications that produce and track analytics, companies are adding more positions to handle the collection and analysis of this information. Additionally, leadership positions are coming into the picture too, with these people being responsible for applying these analytics to achieving the business objectives and goals.
- Wearable experts: recently we have seen the advent of smart watches and wearable fitness devices, which are just the beginning to the wearbale product boom. Companies will be investing in similar products to take care of some of their HR and employee management and training services and to amp-up their sales and customer service processes. OF course, they will need staff to monitor and manage these programs and devices, too.
- Robotics: expected to permeate vast segments of daily life by 2025, robotics will be especially popular in the transportation, logistics, health care, customer service and home maintenance industries. Any company that buys in to the robotics boom will needs employees to also monitor and manage this portion of their business.
- Security: with all of the emerging technologies and programs mentioned above (and many others to come), the most important and overarching field that will continue to grow and thus, need more employees are company’s security sectors. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics previously reported that there will be a 37% growth in security positions between 2012 and 2022. If you are looking for a promising field of IT to get into, this would be it.