Posted by Kelly Grant, Senior IT Recruiter

This time of year, I enjoy reading the 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Simplilearn website states “Technology is now evolving at such a rapid pace that annual predictions of trends can seem out-of-date before they even go live as a published blog post or article.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.

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)AI refers to computer systems built to mimic human intelligence and perform tasks such as recognition of images, speech or patterns and simple decision making. AI services are more common than you might think and include such things as the personal assistant on your smartphone such as Siri, and smart home devices, such as Alexa. Although there is concern about the loss of jobs as a result of increasing automation, the article points out that “Pundits predict that jobs in AI will number 23 million by 2020. Jobs will be created in development, programming, testing, support and maintenance, to name a few.”


  • Edge ComputingCloud computing has become mainstream and continues to grow as more companies migrate to the cloud. However, cloud computing has some limitations, and edge computing helps resolve some of those issues by getting data closer to where computing needs to happen or “on the edge”. The article states “Edge computing will increase as use of the Internet of Things (IoT) devices increases. By 2022, the global edge computing market is expected to reach $6.72 billion. As with any growing market, this will create various jobs, primarily for software engineers.”


  • Virtual and Augmented Reality – Virtual Reality (VR) immerses the user in an environment and Augmented Reality (AR) enhances the user’s environment. VR has been used extensively in gaming but VR and AR both have a lot of potential uses in training. The article states “plenty of startups are forming and they will be hiring, and the demand for professionals with VR and AR skills will only increase. Getting started in VR doesn’t require a lot of specialized knowledge. Basic programming skills and a forward-thinking mindset can land a job, although other employers will be looking for optics as a skill-set and hardware engineers as well.”

These are just a few of the trends to look for in 2020. We will discuss a few others in a subsequent blog post.

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