There may be some uncertainty about careers in the IT field, but there is little doubt that IT jobs are here to stay. And as technology continuously evolves, the job requirements in IT continually changes, too. The uncertainties that come with it? They rest in not knowing the new demands as different technologies shape the future.
Although futuristic IT positions don't exist yet, tech leaders see that changes in business needs give an insightful overview of IT positions on the horizon. The current mix of traditional and gig employment are also providing some direction for the future of IT work. To stay relevant and competent, IT workers must continue to develop and deepen their understanding of advances in the industry, so they won't be left behind.
Introducing the Chief Cybersecurity Officer
Privacy and security continue to be IT's in-demand positions as hackers increase their capabilities to attack even the most secure websites. To further boost cyber protection, companies, governments, and organizations will need to revise existing or add new roles.
Those new positions will not just involve technology, but also the culture of the organization. For a more holistic approach to problem-solving, privacy and security jobs will have to integrate both high-tech knowledge and a human-resources element—an initiative to be led by a Chief Cybersecurity Officer (CCO). In the corporate language, a CCO could be comparable to a CFO or CEO, but with technology, security, and people at its heart.
People who'll work under the CCO will need a good understanding of how to protect organizations down to the roots of its systems. This entails understanding more than digging into browsers, analyzing how hackers would exploit an organization at the deepest level, and always being one step ahead of cybercriminals.
The Growth of the Gig Economy
Nowadays, the gig economy—more commonly associated with remote work—is rapidly booming. Especially now that the labor force is declining as many retire from companies, other employment arrangements, such as remote work, have to be explored. Flexible options like this could lure more people to sign up for jobs because they can work whenever or wherever they are.
And IT plays a significant role in mobilizing the dynamics of this gig economy. Remote workers need specialized online tools to complete tasks and achieve more. With this economy's dependency on technology systems, IT specialists have to help employers find the best solutions for remote workers. Developers must consistently upgrade or create new platforms for collaborative spaces to match the demands of this thriving economy.
Data Drives the Day
As businesses continue to use data for decision-making, they need employees who can develop apps and make sense of the information those apps process. Data is no longer stored and evaluated in a centralized location. Instead, it is democratized, so employees can use it as applicable to their departments.
This means that IT specialists will need to fill a few more niches as the technology continues to develop. Those niches include:
- Data science
Businesses will need IT specialists who can capture, process, maintain, analyze, and communicate data to fellow employees. IT professionals who can do all of these tasks will be in high demand as the analysis and recommendations from volumes of data become critical to decisions of businesses, governments, and organizations.
- Data visualization
IT specialists will need to create tools that would help employers visualize all of the data they collect and maintain. It can be overwhelming to look at spreadsheets filled with data, so experts will need to recognize the best way to make data easily digestible. They should not be good with numbers alone, but also with storytelling and slashing off unnecessary information.
- Low-code development platforms
IT specialists will also need to work with and develop low-code platforms. These platforms use drop-and-drag techniques to build apps rather than using tedious coding techniques. These should help simplify day-to-day operations across the organization, without asking dedicated support from technology specialists. Making IT friendly for non-IT employees is the key to success in this specialty.
Automation isn't anything new, but the technologies behind it have to continuously improve. Email blasts, app permissions, and other automated functions are used not only by large corporations but also by small and medium businesses. Even the use of chatbots is growing in smaller companies as they enable smarter time management.
Hence, the need for IT specialists who can reduce minutiae time for desk employees will be on the rise. Apart from creating and maintaining programs like chatbots, IT specialists will have to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) to level up their programs' business use. AI can help businesses learn from conversations that chatbots engage in and the questions they answer.
The Con of Reliance on Bots
A lot of menial tasks are forecast to be automated years from now. Companies that would rely on bots are foreseen to remove human employment for low-level tasks. This could squeeze the job market for unskilled labor while putting a strain on highly skilled labor in the future. Workers whose jobs can be done by bots will be forced to differentiate skills, so they can jump into tasks that need thorough human judgment.
Marrying AI and Domain Expertise
Companies are working hard to integrate AI into their systems and industries. So, IT specialists who have a deeper understanding of a specific domain are and will continue to be in demand. Along with their knowledge of AI, domain knowledge can help them make more sense out of the data they gather. This will give them an edge in terms of delivering insights and use cases that are more fitting to a specific business or industry.
ICS Role on the Rising IT Job Market
Highly trained IT workers are in demand and finding, recruiting, and keeping them is a tough task for employers to do on their own. At Infinity Consulting Solutions, our expertise is doing just that. We understand the needs of businesses today, and we study business needs that are on the horizon. From IT experts with experience in AI, data science, and managing people, we are here to help you get the perfect person to fill your positions.