There is no question that advances in technology over the past decade have played an enormous and evolving role in the types of IT positions companies in almost every industry need to fill. Numerous new job categories and titles have emerged. Along with them, job descriptions and the minimum skill sets employers need candidates to possess have also had to morph and change to meet ever-changing needs.
Of course, nobody has a crystal ball to predict exactly what the future of the technology landscape will look like. However, there is great potential for more exciting changes in IT hiring over the coming years as the result of artificial intelligence (AI), the field of data science, and the emergence of so-called "new collar" workers.
The rise of artificial intelligence is expected to impact employers' hiring needs in all types of industries, and in nearly every type of role, over the coming years. While we've seen a growth in automation already for blue-collar and service jobs, AI is also expected to impact white collar workers. According to a report by the Pew Research Center, half of the experts surveyed in 2014 expected robotics and AI to have huge implications on the U.S. employment market by 2025.
Since responses to that survey were compiled, we've continued to see advances in AI with driverless as a prime example. While "truck driver" is the most common job in the world, Newsweek speculates that we may not need truck drivers in 15 years because of AI-powered driverless vehicles and drone technology.
While certain types of jobs will be able to be automated, requiring fewer (or no) human employees carrying out specific tasks, the need for workers skilled in technology applications and support, to handle behind-the-scenes programming, support, and service, will rise exponentially. While we may get to a point with technology where even those responsibilities are automated, we're not fully there just yet.
As companies of all sizes look for ways to innovate and grow while cutting costs, AI offers an exciting opportunity to leverage technology needs. If this trend continues (and all signs point toward that happening), the need for skilled technology workers will continue to grow.
If AI means jobs will ultimately be eliminated, HR professionals can take comfort in the fact that the field of data science and analytics, abbreviated as DSA, is expected to create significant job growth for technology workers.
DSA includes the study of data and automating insights, and it's a fast-growing area. According to a report by PwC, there will be 2.72 million job postings by the year 2020 for data science and analytics roles. However, the bad news for hiring managers and HR personnel is that the PwC report also predicts a shortage of qualified workers to fill these positions; only 23 percent of college and university leaders reported that graduates from their institutions would have the skill sets needed to fill DSA roles.
DSA jobs are cropping up in companies with dedicated IT departments across the country, but they are also interestingly enough also emerging within other functions inside organizations including marketing and finance. In addition to having technology knowledge and expertise, candidates for DSA roles should have a solid understanding of mathematics and possess analytical skills.
"New Collar" Workers
You've heard of "white collar" and "blue collar" workers, but you may not be familiar with "new collar" workers. The catchy term refers to jobs that are emerging as a result of technology, and that would not exist but for technological advances.
Cloud computing is one example of something that has created new job opportunities in technology for candidates with a skill-set that simply wasn't needed ten years ago, or at least not on the same scale it's needed today.
As technology continues to evolve, so too will "new collar" jobs. Working with a technology staffing firm can help employers hire the workers they need, sometimes before they even realize they need someone with a particular certification or skill.
Count on ICS for Help with Technology Hiring Needs
Finding candidates with specific technology systems and application knowledge, certifications and experience can be a challenge. Fortunately, ICS is here to help.
With offices located in New York, Washington, D.C., Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, and Denver, we are positioned to help you find the talent you need. We do the searching and pre-screening for you, so you can be confident the candidates you're getting for contract placement, temporary placement or permanent placement IT workers have the skills you need them to have.
To learn more about how we can help with your staffing needs, contact ICS today.