Skills the Internet of Things Industry is Desperate For

Skills the Internet of Things Industry is Desperate For

An article by Marc Kavinsky, Editor at IoT Business News.

We’re almost in the new year, which means that businesses will be talking about the future a lot in their inner board meetings. College graduates aren’t the only ones who stress about their future – CEOs of top companies do as well, and the two most common topics that companies want to focus on in the future is AI and the Internet of Things, both of which are set to change many aspects of the world’s future industries.

The Internet of Things is on track to become a run of the mill phenomenon in the next couple of years, and businesses are hurriedly looking to employ people with the skills needed to make it big in the IoT world.

If they don’t adapt, then they risk failure.

1. Identifying Associations

If you are good at connecting ideas and facts that you’ve picked up from different experiences, then you will likely have high value in the Internet of Things industry. Pattern recognition is a core component of this competency, which means that those who aren’t specialized in STEM fields may have high value in the future Internet of Things world. That means that those with History or even English degrees might benefit from the pattern recognition needed for a good grade in those degrees.

Pattern-seekers tend to be naturally curious and eager to learn about why things work well and what their inner mechanisms are like.

2. Good at Collaborating

If you can bring people together to solve complex problems, not only would you be perfect for an CEO job, but you’d also be prime to make it big in the Internet of Things world. If you can integrate knowledge from other people into solutions that you may not have thought of otherwise, employers will consider this a highly valuable skill.

That means that you should make a commitment to collaboration and communication, maybe try to manage some virtual teams or try to get to grips with visual data techniques.

3. Good All-Round Knowledge

You should have demonstrable knowledge in many different domains. Knowledge in fields like analytics, finance and marketing show that you can use data holistically and combine your knowledge to make an impact in the world. This is pretty crucial for Internet of Things work. You can demonstrate your ability by experience, but demonstrating knowledge is a bit tougher. Studying a Rochester MBA program that teaches accounting, business analytics, finance and marketing in one degree might be the sort of thing you could demonstrate to anybody employing people for an Internet of Things operation.

4. Good at communication

Communication is crucial, as the Internet of Things requires pretty complex ideas and concepts being able to be explained clearly through writing, speaking, pictures, stories – you name it. Anything you can do to explain the idea you have in your head can be highly beneficial for an Internet of Things focused team.

Communication is also pretty key in the IoT challenges of keeping employees informed, not overwhelmed, managed and ahead of the game. Companies want to keep the best people, so training efforts must be effectively communicated. Companies like General Electric are already putting their IoT training programs in overdrive and you better believe they have some very effective communicators.

5. Competent at coding

Let’s face it – coding isn’t what it used to be. It’s now a crucial part of modern tech literacy, which is a pain if you’ve never tried your hand at it. Whether you want to start off with C++ or jump into Python, there are loads of coding platforms out there to teach you through games or command block lessons, all you need is determination persistence, which is actually a skill that’s highly desired in IoT work as well, for obvious reasons.

If you have these skills you’d be a great fit for the IoT industry, and they serve the benefit of also being fairly easy to pick up if you have time and dedication. If you’re looking for a future direction and you’re just stumbling across this Internet of Things blog to test the waters, you should definitely consider joining IoT before it hits the mainstream bigtime in a couple of years.

So, many companies are gearing up for it and the opportunities available to you will be vast. You have some prep time before it gets huge, so use it wisely and get ahead of the competition.

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