As the world of IT continues to change rapidly, so do the job roles and titles. However, studies suggest that up to 80% of IT companies do not provide training or education about the kind of brand new roles they will soon need to fill if they want to continue to compete.
Here are some of the more unusual-sounding job titles that may start appearing on job boards soon:
Technology broker: In years gone by, a company’s IT department was responsible for all technology purchasing but with the proliferation of cloud-based apps, every department has the ability to buy apps to benefit a business and the whole operation can become disjointed. A technology broker gives buying advice and negotiates across a business’s divisions to ensure that any new technology is compatible with existing programmes. Technology brokers may have procurement or IT management experience or even a sales background.
Cloud integration specialist: With businesses tuning in to the cloud concept, demand is on the rise for IT professionals who can lead and manage cloud integration and deliver the promised increased efficiency. Bosses also want someone who can simplify the process for their staff. People with experience in networking, virtualisation and SAN (storage area network) design will be in demand. The ability to explain how the private cloud will increase visibility into IT costs is a big plus.
Business architect: In many companies, IT is a quite separate part of the business but in the more go-ahead operations that notion is fading. Management is realising that technology is not just integral to success but is leading the way to a company achieving its business goals. The business architect helps to merge technology and business processes, pointing out opportunities to utilise IT more effectively. The successful business architect has a deep knowledge of the company’s business model and workflow.
Data Scientist: The amount of big data available from clickstreams and other web activity is huge but it offers equally huge opportunities to businesses, whether that is to do with customer behaviour, security risks or competitor comparisons. Buried in the mountains of data – estimated to double in size every 18 months – is often important information and that’s where a data scientist will come in. They can use deep data trends to optimise websites and uncover hidden patterns in unstructured data. A background in data analysis would be a must for this kind of job.
Certified UAV pilot: Unmanned automatic vehicles – or drones – are being used in more and more scenarios. Licences are being granted and organisations from production companies to the military are using them for many reasons – research, photography and even deliveries. People who can fly them and have the correct accreditation will be in sharp demand in future.
Alternative Currency Specialist: Businesses are used to dealing with fluctuations in the money markets as the pound competes with the dollar or the euro but now there are new, alternative currencies to worry about. From Bitcoin to Linden Dollars, it’s an expanding market as people come up with ever more ingenious ways to barter and earn. Among the new career paths this sector is creating is the alternative currency specialist. So if you know your war around the emerging cryptocurrencies, your knowledge could land you a job as an adviser.
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