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The technology sector is so integral to today’s culture and the modern economy that most people have become familiar with the most common tech jobs. For instance, they might follow a TV drama about start-ups in Silicon Valley or have seen cyber security experts talk about hacking on cable news.
But the tech field never stops evolving, and with emerging technologies, some newer IT roles are more obscure. For example, few people can describe the responsibilities of an Internet of Things specialist or a blockchain developer.
But these exciting roles are growing in importance. Understanding the emerging job landscape will be critical to making a good career decision if you're considering a new specialisation path in technology.
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Ahead are some of the most exciting technology jobs emerging in 2022 and what the tech industry could offer you as a tech professional in the sector.
Are you intrigued by artificial intelligence? Want to make smartwatches even smarter? Convinced crypto is the future of finance? Here are four emerging tech roles that will allow you to pursue these emerging technologies.
Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are much more than robots and chess supercomputers.
As a machine learning engineer, you’ll create programs and algorithms that enable systems to take action without receiving directions from an operator.
It’s an emerging technology field with an ever-growing impact on people’s lives, powering everything from speech recognition software to digital voice assistants to customised newsfeeds to anti-spam filters.
Demand for AI and machine learning engineers is widespread and growing at a rapid pace. This cutting-edge technology is applied in sectors as diverse as banking, e-commerce, pharmaceuticals, melanoma detection, space exploration and translation.
An entry-level role might involve designing and deploying a chatbot for an online shopping platform. At the same time, specialists with more professional experience could find themselves working on self-driving cars, AI-powered medical diagnosis software or fraud protection systems.
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These days, computers and smartphones represent only a fraction of the devices connected to the internet. Physical objects like thermostats, lighting appliances, printers, watches and heart monitors, to name just a few, can also have online functionality.
These devices, along with the dashboards, networks and databases needed to power them, make up a vast ecosystem called the Internet of Things (IoT).
The job of an IoT specialist is to develop and maintain sensors and software that enable these devices to connect quickly and seamlessly with other systems.
With billions of active devices playing critical roles in healthcare, transportation, manufacturing and leisure, there is a high demand for IoT specialists. This demand will only increase over the next decade.
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The blockchain developer is one of the most in-demand technology roles right now. Companies in financial services, healthcare and cryptocurrency need these professionals to create systems that record and store blockchain data to enable secure digital transactions.
Many large corporations now have specialised blockchain divisions, and talented blockchain developers can expect to receive multiple job offers and generous salaries.
The typical duties of a blockchain developer include writing and testing code for applications that interact with the blockchain.
Many employers also expect developers to engage with the global blockchain community and evaluate new tools and technologies as they emerge.
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Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum use encryption and blockchain technology to record transactions via a decentralised system.
As more and more cryptocurrencies and related technologies emerge, financial institutions are increasingly challenged to keep track of them.
Enter the crypto research analyst. These professionals analyse trends and prices for different cryptocurrencies so that their clients can make smart investment decisions in their business processes.
In a fast-paced tech environment, crypto research analysts are expected to provide reports on crypto assets in a structured format and review reports their colleagues created.
Unlike many other emerging tech roles, crypto research analysts don’t need a wide array of technical skills to succeed.
You should have a passion for the crypto industry and a willingness to engage with the many forums and platforms that make up the crypto community in the tech industry.
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So, what are the advantages of pursuing a niche but up-and-coming technology career? Here are five reasons why specialisation can add value to your tech career over other tech jobs.
Finding your dream job can be challenging, even in this candidate-friendly hiring market. By focusing your skills development within a narrow specialisation, you’ll find it easier to stand out from the crowd.
Hiring managers in a relatively mature field like web development or cloud maintenance place a premium on tech experience, relevant skills and qualifications.
In a new or niche industry, on the other hand, companies are more likely to favour candidates with raw talent and the determination to learn on the job.
In a niche or emerging industry, you can quickly become an expert in that field and the go-to person in your organisation for any enquiries.
That makes you hard to replace. To encourage you to stick around, your employer may offer you attractive financial incentives and a fast track to promotion.
Skilled professionals working in emerging technologies often strongly connect with their work. Working in an emerging field can be highly motivating, where even small contributions can make a significant impact.
Networking is a critical skill for ambitious tech professionals, but if you’re working in a popular field, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of potential contacts.
In a role like crypto research analyst, you’ll be part of a less populous but highly engaged community of like-minded enthusiasts, many of whom will be eager to offer you help and support.
Ready for a tech role? Browse current tech job opportunities or submit your CV with us.
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