Information Technology companies in India may have tightened appraisals of employees working on legacy services and experts working on US-based projects may be worried about job security, but the outlook for the sector isn’t all bad.According to industry group National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), the sector is expected to hire 1.5 lakh people this year. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Infosys, despite the pink-slip rumors, have said they intend to recruit more than 20,000 engineers each. With the IT sector seeing a rise in demand for services with new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data analytics, machine learning and Internet of Things (IoT), there’s been a shift in the kind of employees top firms are looking for. Backing this, an Infosys spokesperson recently said the IT industry is witnessing a change in hiring patterns with “unconventional, high-value graduates with differential skills likely to be more attractive.” We give you the seven IT jobs that will be in demand this year. Bonus: They won’t be done by robots anytime soon.
Analytics ManagerAnalytics, a subarea of statistics, is a rapidly growing field in the IT industry. What they do: An analytics manager manages the configuration, design, implementation and support of the data analysis solution/ business intelligence tool. This is used to analyze the humongous quantities of information gathered through transactional activity.Qualifications needed: Post-secondary education in math, statistics, business, or a related field. IT skills are paramount as analytics managers work with complex software programs. Look for analytics manager jobs here.
Data Scientist A data scientist essentially interprets big data to give businesses direction for the future. Such jobs have increased 39% between January 2014 and September 2016, according to data and insight company CEB.What they do: It’s said that a data scientist is “someone who is better at statistics than any software engineer and better at software engineering than any statistician.” A data scientist gathers huge volumes of data from multiple internal and external sources, analyses and examines it, uses programs and methods to use this data for predictive and prescriptive modeling, and devises data-driven solutions to the most tenacious challenges. Qualifications: There is no specific course, but a data scientist is driven by intense curiosity. S/he combines the skills of data hacker, analyst, communicator and trusted adviser. And yes, s/he can write code.Look for data scientist jobs here.Network and Computer Systems AdministratorComputer networks are critical to almost every organization, which explains the demand for administrators. What they do: Network and computer systems administrators are involved with and responsible for the day-to-day operation of computer networks in an organization. They install, organize and maintain the computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems. Qualifications: A bachelor's degree in computer science, in web technology, network administration or something similar, is needed for this role.Look for network & computer systems administrator jobs here
Cloud Computing SpecialistA McKinsey report states more large enterprises are expected to move workloads to the cloud at a faster rate than in the past. What they do: Cloud computing involves using a network of remote servers on the Internet to store, manage and process data. Cloud computing resources can be deployed in three ways: private cloud, public cloud and hybrid cloud.
Qualifications: You’re on the right cloud computing career path if you offer technical and project management skills, enterprise architecture knowledge, security and compliance along with data integration and analysis. Look for cloud computing jobs here.