According to recruiters and tech pros, the list of the 7 hottest areas in IT includes AI and machine learning, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and cybersecurity. Some of these high-demand roles come with signing bonuses, stock options, and the ability to work remotely. Moreover, these in-demand jobs are not just located in Silicon Valley. According to a new report from the technology association CompTIA, the top five states for job growth last year were actually Utah, North Carolina, Michigan, Washington and Montana.
There are important design and technology considerations to keep in mind for underserved and impoverished communities. For example, designing for the more than 1.6 billion impoverished individuals worldwide requires special consideration of community needs, constraints, and context. However, designing and building technology to support people in underserved communities has several complexities. Overcoming these complexities requires, first and foremost, understanding the needs of a specific underserved population and empowering or enabling individuals from that population to produce information and develop their own solutions.
Over the next five years, the number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs will rise to 1.8 million, a 20% increase from 2015 estimates, according to a new survey. Driving this widening shortage is not only the lack of qualified workers but also a greater need to bring in more people to tackle the rapidly evolving ways that cybercriminals and attackers are launching their activities. It~s getting easier for low-tech criminals to get into hacking, thanks to malware-as-a-service operations and crimeware kits.
According to IT recruiters, having the right cloud skills - such as an Amazon Web Services certification or just about any skill related to the Internet of Things - can get you hired quickly. However, keep in mind that these are emerging areas, so what employers are looking for is constantly shifting. Second, even if companies do hire you for a specific skill, you~ll be asked to retrain and retool as any technology matures.
Healthcare is the hottest hiring hotspot when it comes to cybersecurity. In fact, healthcare hiring managers in North America plan to increase their cybersecurity workforce by 39% this year, more than any other industry. The lack of information security skills in healthcare is so dramatic that nearly three out of four hospitals do not even have a designated security person, according to a recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report. This could become a crisis as healthcare organizations face increasing attacks from cyber criminals looking for access to personal data found in healthcare records.
Nonstop demand for software developers and other IT professionals is leading to boom times for coding schools and boot camps, with career-changers signing up in droves. In 2017, there are more students, more schools, more teaching formats, more efforts to increase diversity and more loans to help students pay tuition. There~s also more scrutiny of the programs~ graduation and placement rates. In 2016, the number of coding school graduates skyrocketed 80% to an estimated 18,000, according to Course Report, a research firm offering reviews and advice to help people evaluate coding schools. Between 2010 and 2016, job-seeker résumés showing some kind of coding school experience shot from fewer than 1 per million to 1,044 per million, according to job site Indeed.com.
With half a million unfilled tech jobs in American workplaces, some tech companies are training workers from outside the traditional talent pipeline to fill gaps and enhance diversity. For example, when the talent shortage began to hit, some companies began to create emerging roles in new tech fields including cloud, cognitive computing, and digital design that don~t require a computer science or other tech degree. The reality is that companies have to come up with ways to find new talent-looking at skills people are bringing, and not just credentials, and looking at people who learned skills through nontraditional paths such as vocational schools and boot camps.
If the next generation is to use AI and big data effectively - if they~re to understand their inherent limitations, and build even better platforms and intelligent systems, then we need to prepare them now. That will mean some adjustments in elementary education and some major, long-overdue upgrades in computer science instruction at the secondary level. Young kids are already interacting with AI and automated technologies, and it~s important to prepare them as early as possible for future jobs in the AI economy.
In the first 30 days, you should aim to exceed expectations. Your goal should be to add value to the team and contribute as much as you can. At that time, all eyes are on you, the new hire, and it~s your time to shine. To dazzle your boss, align with colleagues, and be primed for success, there are not only some quick wins to achieve in the first 30 days, but there are also some definite things to avoid. Listen, learn, and lean in are the must-dos. Alienating, assuming, and acting aloof are behaviors that will tarnish your reputation before you~ve even had a chance to make it to your first performance review.
The computer science for all movement continues to gain momentum, and that~s leading to new thinking about how to teach students with special needs, with developmental disabilities, with below-average intelligence, and with fewer opportunities. To really reach everyone with computing education, we are going to need to teach with more diverse methods and at lower cost. Learning to teach computer science on tablets gives us a chance to do both. As a result, computing education researchers, developers, and teachers should learn to teach CS with tablets.