Despite all the changes that have come over the last thirty years, it’s remarkable to think that the lion’s share of the digital revolution is still ahead of us. New technological breakthroughs are going to continue to dematerialize the world and, hopefully, make things better.
When you think about the changes we’ve seen in recent years, it makes your head spin. Most of us can’t imagine living a single day without our smartphones. Yet, this is something that we did for decades before Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007.
Similarly, we can’t imagine having to wait a week for products we order online to arrive in the post. And yet, if you recall, this was considered fast back in the 1990s. These days, you can get same-day delivery and even delivery in a couple of hours.
Therefore, the digital revolution is exhilarating, and only going to become even more interesting as the underlying technology develops. The possibility seems endless. Careers for people interested in the area abound.
Cognitive Systems Engineer
Cognitive systems are the most significant breakthrough in computer science of the last decade. We now have sufficient data to train systems and enough bandwidth to put their learning into action.
We’ve already seen robot arms learning how to move, AIs beating Go players, and companies automating their SEO. In the future, cognitive systems will take over a host of new tasks that people once thought could only be done by people.
The demand for cognitive systems engineers, therefore, is going to continue to rise. The moment there’s a breakthrough at the academic level, companies worldwide will require specialists to put it into practice.
Tech Support Reps
Only a minority of companies currently operate fully digital platforms. Most haven’t gone through “digital transformation.” In other words, they’re not fully leveraging technology in their company strategy.
However, competition will force them to change, and that’s going to lead to an increase in tech support work. Firms need people who understand how to take care of these systems and keep them running optimally. It doesn’t happen automatically.
Companies are also short of talented people who can carry out digital plans according to their instructions. Support staff, therefore, will also see their value rise.
Cloud computing is here to stay. Companies need it to provide distributed services across their organizations, especially today in this bizarre era of remote work.
Unfortunately, they don’t often have the in-house skills to put together cloud structures that make sense of their business models. Thus, they must turn to cloud architects.
These professionals ensure that the cloud lives up to the promises that marketers made about it. Their job is to monitor vendor relationships and keep track of technical issues. They also create superstructures designed to make the platform as relevant as possible.
The cloud is fast branching out into other areas too. Firms not only want to link their computers together, but also sensors, vehicles, and machinery via the IoT. Thus, they need people who have the skills to collate this data and put it to good use.