Automation brings a host of benefits to businesses, including improved efficiency, elimination of errors, reduced costs and enhanced productivity (just to name a few). As this technology is finding its way into more and more industries, however, it has brought with it a growing concern that human workers will inevitably become obsolete. We’ve touched on this many times in the past, sharing our vision that while automation will, indeed, make some jobs redundant, it will simultaneously create opportunities.
But where will those opportunities lie? And which roles are most likely to remain once the dust settles? In the absence of a crystal ball, projections are being made about which IT jobs will survive (and possibly even thrive) in the wake of the automation age. Let’s take a look at a few of the careers that experts believe will be future-proof.
- Product developers
- Data scientists/analysts/visualizers
- AI/robotics leads
- Information security analysts
- Mobile engineers
- Gamification designers
- QA analysts
- Network Engineers
- Research and development
- IoT managers
How to stay relevant….
So, what if you’re not particularly skilled in any of these areas? What if you work in IT, but your role involves many of the tasks and workflows that are quickly being shifted to automation? Will you find yourself without a job in the not-so-distant future? That will ultimately depend on the steps you take to remain relevant.
There are plenty of options for those whose roles are being made redundant. For instance, you could take this as an opportunity to increase your skillset and learn what’s necessary to manage the automation being implemented. Many organizations are already investing in upskilling programs to keep their engaged, skilled and motivated mid-skilled employees onboard. Or, you could take things a step further, building on your foundation of basic IT knowledge and pursuing additional education to transition into one of the above careers.
For lower-skilled individuals, such as those in entry-level IT positions, there will be other opportunities in various industries to apply the on-the-job knowledge already gained and remain employed. For instance, experience in IT process can be leveraged for roles like data experts, quality analysts, logistics or even technical writing. Many industries, such as banking, transportation and health care and, of course, startups are always looking for qualified individuals who are capable of adapting and applying their IT skills to help them achieve their business objectives.
In short, while automation will definitely change the current IT landscape as we know it today, with the right attitude along with a willingness to adapt and learn, even those whose livelihood seems threatened by the adoption of intelligent technology can make it through unscathed.