The next IT jobs boom? The internet of things


A few months ago, CIO published an article titled, The next IT jobs boom? The internet of things
Massive investments in IoT will shake up the core skills in high demand at IT organizations in the years to come. Here’s how to transform your career path to capitalize.

As there’s a lot of consolidation in the chip space, people often discuss where the next hot job market is. Well, it’s right here in IoT, merging EE skills with some basic data analysis programming skills. That’s a hot ticket to a great job right now. The IoT job market is new, but poised to pop open big time.

According to the CIO article quoting Gartner forecasts,

Gartner forecasts that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide this year, up 31 percent from 2016. The number will reach 20.4 billion by 2020. Total spending on endpoints and services will reach almost $2 trillion in 2017, the firm says.

$2 trillion in 2017? Really? What the heck is going on?

This is what the article had about IDC statistics

IDC is also bullish on IoT, forecasting worldwide spending on IoT to grow 17 percent this year, reaching just over $800 billion. By 2021, IDC expects global IoT spending to total nearly $1.4 trillion, as organizations continue to invest in the hardware, software, services and connectivity that enable the IoT.

According to the article, these companies are looking:

Verizon, Amazon, Harman International, Apex Communications, Petco, Godiva Chocolatier, Key Bank, Comcast, Nokia and Cisco,

“Organizations need these roles due to the complexity of the various disciplines that are involved with IoT and IoT projects,” McCabe says. “The other factor is the myriad of skills that are required for a true IoT-enabled employee.”

The ideal potential employee should have expertise in hardware, networking, design and development, security, data analytics, and artificial intelligence, McCabe says. “This is a very unique and difficult-to-find combination of skills, and employers are finding it difficult to get all those skills from one person.”

Note the diverse skillset requirement. If you’re part of this community, this person is you!

Suggest you keep your eye on this trend. If you’re an EE/embedded person, suggest you beef up on Python, Node, JavaScript, JSON data parsing, REST API access, and cloud services.

Connect the Renesas IoT Sandbox to name brand clouds like Amazon using Michael Li’s tutorial. Explore other name-brand clouds like Salesforce. There’s a lot of tutorials that you can get through in a few hours or a day and then you’ll have that notch on your resume.

Most of all you’ll have a diverse skill set.


As there’s a crossover in skillsets between IoT and data analysis, thought I would share this info from Data Science Central. Note that these are data analytics positions, not EE positions. However, I have the opinion that an IoT professional also has data science expertise. :slight_smile: