The New Year comes with the chance to start with a clean slate. Whether you are a new graduate looking to get your foot in the door of your dream company or a professional contemplating to shift careers and try something new, there are many employment opportunities awaiting for you.
Below is a list of anticipated fast-growing jobs for 2017, most them in the tech industry:
1. Ethical hacker
The term ethical hacker sounds like an oxymoron, but it actually fulfills a real need in a data-driven world. Ethical hacking means to systematically attack websites, not with malicious intent, but to expose its probable loopholes and weaknesses.
These hackers are hired by companies to help strengthen their systems to prevent data theft and security vulnerabilities. To be an ethical hacker, one must love technical complexities and be fascinated with technology. There are certification courses to train as an ethical hacker as well.
Jobs that specialise in internet security will continue to grow, as more businesses migrate online for most of their needs.
2. Data scientist
Companies will need employees who know how to analyse data generated from the Internet to be used in real-world decision making. A data scientist must be adept in statistics, algebra, calculus, and visual communication.
In addition, a data scientist must be proficient in statistical programming languages. The demand for data scientists is projected to increase with the necessity of data available online.
3. Software engineer
This one isn’t a new job type unlike the first two on this list but is no less important. Software engineers are the reason new digital products reach consumers every year.
The demand for software engineers will not wane for as long as there is a market for tech product companies that employ them. To qualify as a software engineer, one must earn a bachelor’s degree in the field or a related discipline.
4. Web developer
This job offers the flexibility of working full-time for corporations or going freelance on a per project basis. Web developers are the authors of applications seen online. Again, demand for these jobs is a given constant as the web expands to handle more business transactions.
Do you want to be a web developer? There are continuing education centers or trade schools that offer short courses to get you started in the industry.
5. Physical therapy aides and nurses
The healthcare industry offers a wide net for employment opportunities that span from health care aides to nurses to physical therapists. The demand for these jobs are not expected to slow down soon as the population grows older.
For some jobs in healthcare, a formal degree is required while others become viable options with only short-term training needed. A person working in the healthcare industry must be inclined to altruism, interested in medicine, and meticulous.
6. Computer system analysts
Computer system analysts are the troubleshooters of the tech world. When software is written, the responsibility to check any mistakes and correct malfunctions will fall on the system analyst. This type of job also takes care of a company’s computer systems, procedures, and design information systems solutions.
How can it be more efficient? Is it effective in? Jobs as systems analysts are open to those with the corresponding bachelor’s degrees in computer science and other related fields. The need for analysts will not go away but will increase as it becomes cheaper for businesses to automate and digitize basic functions.
7. Cognitive computing engineer
This job is in response to the increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) in everyday life. AI networks need specialists to use cognitive computing tools to build, test, and improve systems that can replace the need to hire many people. This is a new job model that still lacks a precise definition but is nevertheless a promising field to enter.
AI is not going away, and will soon replace many functions. The requirements to be a cognitive computing engineer will depend on the needs of the company, but the basics will still include a bachelor’s degree in computer programming. A cognitive computing engineer must be ready to bring human qualities such as speech, decision-making, and vision to programs.
Overall, jobs in technology and innovation will be the fields expected to grow in 2017. Hiring the best talent in these fields is critical for companies if they want to remain competitive in the future.
Angela Hood, a serial entrepreneur from Austin, Texas, emerged with ThisWay Global after three years of research and incubation in the UK at ideaSpace, the University of Cambridge. Now operating across the world, the solution to the global recruitment and retention problem combines diverse technologies with its proprietary Match-ic machine learning algorithm, recruiting and retaining better people, and creating more diverse and improved teams. Angela is a business leader in her field and often speaks at events on human capital and diversity for startups, technology, enterprise, and entrepreneurship.