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What IT roles will your company need in the next 18 months?
Research on future trends, leading technology and recruitment consultants, alongside leaders of top technology firms, all agree on one fact: that by 2020 companies will need new job titles and candidate profiles to power their businesses.
Here we list the professions that will be in demand across a number of sectors. We expect these profiles to be in demand across Finance, Marketing, Healthcare, Law, not simply in Technology or Engineering divisions.
3-D Production Engineers and Robot Technicians
A World Economic Forum ‘Future of Jobs’ report confirmed the shift towards advanced robotics, autonomous transport, and 3-D printing. There will be impact on the human workforce here, but not via swinging job cuts, instead through the need for 3-D production engineers. 3-D printing allows for the customisation of products in technology, construction, logistics, healthcare, textile and retail.
Artificial Intelligence has been with us (or rather in our pockets) for quite a while now. For example, how many times a day does your mobile phone ask you, “Did you mean to do this instead?” It should come as no surprise that AI will continue to play an ever-increasing role in our lives – which could mean entry-level roles disappearing to smart AI.
Businesses will need to hire AI Trainers, to facilitate the machine learning process, alongside an operational team who will help to ‘code’ business strategies, define outcomes, and measure results, helping AI understand human needs better.
AI Business Developer
Artificial Intelligence will be able to do many things, but one thing it will never be able to do is to sell itself, according to Cognizat, a US-based technology consultancy firm. For that, businesses will need skilled salespeople – specialised in AI – to generate business.
AI Medicare Specialists
Certain health checks will no longer need to be doctor supervised. Instead, AI Medicare specialists will come to your house and perform checks using AI technology to support the initial diagnosis.
Private Data Agents
Data is only going to grow in importance – meaning it will also be for sale, more so than it is now. These activities will improve professionally, leading to new brokerages, where people will execute data trades on behalf of clients, generating new ways of maximising returns.
Data is valuable, but only when read, analysed and processed – accurately. For example, healthcare has had a massive growth of data, which means decoding patterns and putting them into right context. This requires a healthcare data analyst acting in the role of a data detective. Organisations will need professionals to investigate data generated by a wide range of end-consumer points, devices, sensors and other sources to reveal business answers.