The connected world – creating the jobs of the future with IoT

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Historically, industrial or technological revolutions have often been met with a certain degree of opposition or at least trepidation. Workers have been concerned about being replaced by machines throughout the history of the developed world, and often these fears have proven unfounded. With new technology come new and different types of jobs, and we are confident that the IoT revolution will be no different.

Despite many articles predicting the end of human industry as we know it, not to mention a couple of Hollywood blockbusters showing us what life will be like when robots take over, we are optimistic about the future, and we wanted to share our thoughts on the kinds of jobs our children will be applying for as we enter the next tech age.

According to this article, 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that aren’t on our radar yet. It can be hard to imagine what kind of jobs might be created 25 years from now, but there are certainly some that are already in existence, created specifically thanks to the new dawn of technology.

Many traditional industries may not have needed to employ someone in an IoT role until now. With the dawn of Smart Offices and Factories comes the creation of roles for IoT specialists and engineers. The role of Facilities Manager won’t be abolished within a Smart Building, although it may morph into a more specialist role, involving detailed data analysis and cloud management. Hospitals and farms may also need to employ full-time IoT specialists and consultants to manage the healthcare and agricultural solutions of the future.

Supporting Smart Living

The IoT is already affecting our daily lives, whether we’re aware of it or not, and things are set to get more exciting over the next few years. The way in which we shop may well be one of the most noticeable arenas for innovation and change. Retailers across the globe are already looking at the ways in which the Internet of Things can help them to improve customer experience and security, increase their profit margins by smoothing out logistics and reducing food waste, and enable them to target specific customer groups based on location, behaviour and preference. Traditionally, retail companies may have turned to consultancy firms to carry out customer surveys, advertising agencies to prepare publicity, and marketing gurus to keep their customers interested, but these may soon be joined by or possibly replaced by IoT and Big Data specialists, who will specialise in retail IoT and the future of shopping.

Brand new job titles

Although existing industries will need to embrace and create new job roles as they continue to adopt IoT in the running of their offices, factories and facilities, there are some completely new industries that will create a wide range of exciting new roles for the jobseekers of the future.

  • Driverless cars will require specialist technicians, engineers and mechanics in order to keep them on the road. Connected cars will mean safety analysts, IoT engineers and Artificial Intelligence gurus are all involved in the manufacturing process, and the maintenance of our vehicles will require specialist expertise.
  • Big Data Analysts and Industrial Data Scientists will be amongst the most sought-after experts as enterprises strive to make sense of and put to good use the amount of data being collated by connected things.
  • Robot Co-ordinator – robots are increasingly deployed on factory floors and the robot coordinator role will be a newly created industrial IoT job with the responsibility to carry out both routine and emergency maintenance tasks. If a robot must be taken out of service, for example, the coordinator will replace it with a substitute in order to reduce production downtime.
  • Traffic Warden 2.0 – Drone operators and safety specialists will be required to manage the deployment and traffic levels of drones once they become part of the urban landscape, and town planners and highway agencies may need to create departments dedicated to drone management.

The jobs of the future are likely to require specific expertise in all areas of IoT. To get ahead, jobseekers will need a high level of experience and qualifications in order to manage the technology surrounding us, and manual labour positions may become fewer. By giving our young people the opportunities to accumulate the knowledge and experience they need to embrace the tech era, we can ensure that their future job prospects will not be limited by a ‘robot army’. In fact, by working alongside technology, their future could be brighter than we could ever imagine.

By Arkessa

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