Posted by Kelly Grant, Senior IT Recruiter

This is a follow-up blog post to an earlier post regarding various predictions for trends in the technology industry for the coming year.  As technology evolves, it enables faster change and progress, causing an acceleration of the rate of change that sees trends come and go very quickly.

As an article by Nikita Duggal posted on the Simplilearn website states “Technology is now evolving at such a rapid pace that annual predictions of trends can seem out-of-date before they even go live as a published blog post or article. As technology evolves, it enables even faster change and progress, causing an acceleration of the rate of change, until eventually it will become exponential.

Technology-based careers don’t change at the same speed, but they do evolve, and the savvy IT professional recognizes that his or her role will not stay the same. And an IT worker of the 21st century will constantly be learning (out of necessity if not desire)”.

Here are several trends to watch in 2020 so you are able to know which skills you will need and the types of new jobs that may be a fit for you.

  • Machine Learning – Machine Learning is considered a subset of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Computers are programmed to learn to do something they are not programmed to do in Machine Learning. The machine learns by analyzing data and discovering patterns and insights. This technology is being utilized in a variety of industries creating demand for skilled professionals. According to the article “Machine Learning jobs rank among the top emerging jobs on LinkedIn, with almost 2,000 job listings posted. And these jobs pay well: In 2017, the median salary for a machine learning engineer was $106,225. Machine Learning jobs include engineers, developers, researchers, and data scientists.”


  • Robotic Process Automation (RPA)RPA utilizes software to automate repetitive tasks such as processing transactions and applications and replying to emails. The article states that “Although Forrester Research estimates RPA automation will threaten the livelihood of 230 million or more knowledge workers, or approximately 9 percent of the global workforce, RPA is also creating new jobs while altering existing jobs. McKinsey finds that less than 5 percent of occupations can be totally automated, but about 60 percent can be partially automated.” Some of these new jobs include developers, business analysts, solution architects and project managers.


  • Internet of Things (IoT)  – The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to things that are connected to the internet and each other using WiFi connectivity. This includes home appliances such as refrigerators and ovens, as well as fitness trackers and security systems. According to the article, “not enough IT professionals are getting trained for IoT jobs. An article at ITProToday says we’ll need 200,000 more IT workers that aren’t yet in the pipeline”. Skills needed to support IoT technology include data analytics, automation, security, and cloud computing knowledge.


Technologies are constantly emerging and evolving and those listed above offer great career potential now and into the future.

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