With growing adoption of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning and virtual reality among others, there has been shift in the skills sets needed for high paid IT and Software jobs across the globe. So, simple knowledge of Java or other programming language may not be sufficient to get the top IT and Software jobs any more.
Recently, the research and consulting firm EY said that as many as 20-25% of the existing jobs in BFSI sector is facing existential threat and they may not be there by 2022 due to rapid adoption of emerging technologies like robotics, blockchain and automation. Traditional jobs such as data entry operator, data veriﬁcation personnel, teller, cashier and underwriter may not see the lights of 2022, instead the BFSI sector would look for newer experts such as cyber security specialist, credit analyst, robot programmer, blockchain architect and process modeler expert.
Recurring the same thoughts, IT industry body, CompTIA India said that implementation of new cutting-edge technology is moving out from a drawing board stage to being practiced by organisations across the world. Because of this IT roles and skills are undergoing radical shifts and this will affect the tech job scenario going forward.
“In-demand IT roles have started to shift towards including positions focused on advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and the Internet of Things (IoT) along with exciting positions within cybersecurity, cloud computing and network technology,” said Pradipto Chakrabarty, Regional Director, CompTIA India.
Agreeing with Chakrabarty, Alka Dhingra, General Manager, IT staffing, TeamLease Services said that as industry moves away from traditional IT technologies like Java and Selenium to modern cloud-based applications & frameworks that offer scalability and inter-operability 2018 will see a huge demand for re-skilling.
Some of the skills which will be in demand in 2018 are – User Experience; Machine Learning and AI technologies including Google Tensorflow, Apache Mahout, Python, R, Azure ML workbench and AWS; Machine Learning API frameworks like Lightbend, Akka, Anypoint; Cloud & DevOps skills like Dockers, Jenkins, Azure, AWS, Open Stack, Chef and Puppet; Robotic Process Automation frameworks to automate business processes like Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere, UiPath; Big Data & Analytics tools like Hadoop, Hortonworks, Cloudera, R, Python, Spark, Scala, MongoDb, Cassandra, SAS, Tableau, Clickview, Elastic.
Today or tomorrow these emerging technologies will start showing visible impact on the business and no countries including India has more time to pick up with it, feels expert like Anurag Malik, Partner – People & Organization, Advisory Services, EY. He said “India has a time window of 2 to 3 years before the effects of disruptive technologies like AI, internet of things, machine learning, and analytics among others begin to have an impact on business and society. The skill gap between the products of the education system and the requirements at the workplace is high.”
Through these observations, here are the top 7 high paid, high demand IT and Software jobs in India.
Cybersecurity Analyst will manage risk for organisations through use of relevant tools and techniques to gather vital end-point and network host data with the goal of identifying vulnerabilities. With cybersecurity becoming a boardroom discussion now, the demand for cybersecurity analyst will go up.
With network becoming intuitive, the network engineers need to go beyond traditional CCNA certification now. In future, Network Engineer will encompass coordinating between cloud and traditional networking resources to make a business's communicate efficiently. They will need to know how to map technical network elements – a router, an edge device, a micro datacenter – to a company's business needs.
Vulnerability Assessment Manager
Today companies face a choice. Be a disruptor or be disrupted. Beat or be beaten by the opposition. And while they are weighing the options, every new digital development is making their margin for error smaller. What one could have dealt with 10 years ago, before the availability of real-time data and digital channels, is now enough to be fatal. So, now the role of of a penetration tester has become crucial and fortunately it is maturing with time. Today's pen tester does more than hack a server or use fancy security tools. Today's pen tester takes a responsible approach and conducts strong, comprehensive tests to identify – and correct – unacceptable risks. Their demand will rise with time.
Technical Support Specialist
We are now living in era where network, printers, and computers are being build to selfheal but the role of Technical Support Specialist has upgraded to be a new go-getter. Gone are the days when the help desk professional fixed PCs. The world needs more tech support specialists than ever before: today's tech support engineer helps manage increasingly complex issues involving data management, authentication and network troubleshooting.
Machine learning engineer
Machine learning use sophisticated programing such as R and Python to develop AI machines and systems that can learn and apply knowledge to perform tasks. These professionals will also work with complex data-sets and algorithms to convert machines to intelligent machines. This job is already in demand but this is going further increase in few years.
Businesses are investing more heavily in their networks as IoT is fast becoming critical to manufacture tech enabled products. A growing number of “things” need to be connected in an efficient way, and that's going to be a major driver of demand there. Network analysts in the coming years will combine their technical skill set with an understanding of how to apply it to provide real-time trending information on network traffic, and what those insights means for the business.
Last but the not the least, it is the cloud that is the basic block of all these technology. Almost all businesses are mobbing their on-prem systems to cloud and are choosing a hybrid approach, with multiple vendors. In the coming years, cloud engineers will need to create solutions which are mix of multiple technologies. Gone are the days when an Amazon engineer only worked on AWS or Microsoft engineers only knowing Azure.