Automation is growing more advanced every day, meaning 50% of human jobs are at risk of being taken over by robots in the next 30 years. Though many of these jobs are manual or admin-based, there are jobs in the technology sector that are at risk too.
Here are five tech jobs safe from automation for the foreseeable future, and tips on how to get them.
- SAP/ERP Consultant
Most large companies with multiple departments implement a complicated Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) software called SAP to organize their day-to-day operations, and communications between different areas. While some aspects of SAP can be automated, SAP Functional Consultants are still pivotal to the setup and smooth running of an SAP system. Debashish Choudhury of IBM points out that manual SAP testing is irreplaceable, even in the era of automation.
SAP Consultants advise business executives or department heads on how to best implement the programme. These experts will still be needed, no matter how well SAP can run itself after it has been configured.
Getting a job in SAP can be tough. It requires many specific skills and a lot of complex tactical, strategic and organisational knowledge. SAP recruiters Eursap have tips for landing SAP jobs to help you get a head start; they include learning foreign languages, networking, and staying on top of industry developments.
- Virtual Reality Engineer
Virtual reality (VR) is bigger than ever. As more people make the switch from actual reality to VR, the industry will only grow. Though artificial intelligence (AI) may be able to demonstrate creativity one day, it will remain squarely the forte of human beings for the near future. So when it comes to VR, plenty of humans will be needed to design and develop the worlds and experiences on the inside of the headsets.
There are many different tech roles involved in VR production: 360-degree environment designers (who are practically architects), visual effects artists and graphics engineers are just some of the VR employees who will survive the automated future. The industry may be new, but it is growing fast, and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.
REWIND, the VR production company behind the award-winning Home – A VR Spacewalk have a guide on breaking into VR, including tips on what to include in a portfolio and how to make the right connections.
- Cloud Engineer
It is estimated that half of all data created by businesses this year has been stored in the cloud. That amounts to roughly one exabyte of information. Tech companies need Cloud Engineers to keep up with this insatiable demand for space, so the job market has never been hotter. Yes, cloud platforms such as Office 365 can be automated, but it takes developers to create them in the first place.
There may be even more scope for cloud-based employment, too. According to a survey from RightScale, the number one problem businesses have with cloud computing is lack of understanding. This means cloud-savvy job applicants may well have the upper hand when applying for other tech jobs.
Finding a career in the cloud will be easy if you have these skills, including knowledge of databases, Linux, programming, and systems automation.
- Cyber Security Guard
Partially as a result of increased cloud usage, cyber security experts are in high demand. Wired magazine says from 1994 to 2014, no one really worried about cyber security. Now, with the rise of the internet of things, online security is more important than ever, and thus a safe bet for job security.
Hacker-level knowledge of networks is required, and since nearly 30% of companies need more cyber security professionals, you should find a job in no time. Automation can be used in cyber security, but according to experts, its main benefit is that it frees up human security employees to tackle more critical work.
- AI Developer
You know what they say. If you can’t beat them, create them. Since some tech jobs will be automated out of existence, it makes sense for these newly unemployed workers to join the ranks of those programming Artificial Intelligence.
The AI market is projected to hit $36 billion by 2025, so now is the time to get in on the ground floor. To land a job in AI, it is best to focus your talents on a specific area such as machine learning or speech application. With an average salary of around $90,000, it is definitely worth the effort. Plus, it seems logical that building AIs will be the very last job AIs will take over.