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Information Technology

Future Trends

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  • The IT worker for the future needs to be multi-skilled - with a mixture of technical skills combined with strong business and communication skills e.g. customer handling, sales and marketing, finance and accounting

  • Most jobs in the IT industry will be in high level occupations e.g. for managers, professionals and versatile technicians

  • With the growing threat of hacking and industrial espionage, qualified professionals with security or forensic expertise are likely to be in short supply

  • Other shortage technical skills areas are likely to include networking and web design

  • Job losses are likely to continue in administrative, clerical and secretarial occupations,

  • Workers who use computer skills in their everyday jobs will be expected to increase their skills to an advanced level; in some cases they will take on areas of IT work previously carried out by IT specialists.

  • The self-employed/freelance workers (common in parts of the industry) will need to become even more adaptable regarding the skills they offer and their ability to work with a wide range of customers e.g. they will need to have a variety of computer programming skills
  • With the IT industry changing so fast, all employees will need to be prepared to keep up to date with the changes, especially those regarding social media and social networking (increasingly important for the way businesses communicate with their customers)

  • The trend for some employers to ‘outsource’ their IT jobs to specialist computer contractors in this country, rather than continue to employ them themselves, is likely to continue if the cost benefits are shown 

  • According to the Guardian, future jobs could include avatar design-security consultant (who designs, creates and protects the virtual you), a personal bot (robot) mechanic (who will fix robotic domestic assistants when they go wrong) and powered exoskeleton engineer (who designs wearable robots that could protect and assist soldiers, rescue workers and anyone else working in dangerous conditions 

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Read more about this job sector, including the skills that might be needed in the future, on the National Guidance Research Forum site