We don’t have to go very far. Fifteen years ago, telling someone you were a drone pilot, a driverless car technician, or even a data scientist would have everybody guessing what those meant. But as technology becomes increasingly part of our everyday lives, there is no doubt that the future will bring us even more Tech related jobs and very particular ones that might even sound strange to you, at first. We see, as technology advances, how and where humans will be required to develop, maintain, and help others navigate through a world filled with astounding new technologies.
The data mentioned below refers to salary estimates in the United States of America, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Glassdoor, ZipRecruiter, Indeed, and PayScale.
Essentially, what a data scientist does is help a company solve a specific problem, and the way they do this is by gathering data and running it through a model. They will be able to collect the information to help this company with the specific problem they have. The growth rate for a data scientist is 56%, and the average salary is USD 120,495 per year. New ideas emerge every day that require data scientists to develop, and according to Quanthub, there is still a shortage of professionals in this field.
Do you know how your Apple’s Siri or your Amazon’s Alexa were created? These are voice assistants created by artificial intelligence specialists. Artificial Intelligence or AI is something that has massive potential for the future. All the big tech companies and even startups are putting a lot of resources into researching AI, specifically focusing on machine learning - a type of artificial intelligence technology that allows computers to learn without human assistance. Between 2015 and 2018, the growth for this field was a whopping 344%, and this profession keeps growing today. Teaching machines how to interact as humans is one of the most significant tasks at hand, with still a long path to perfection, which means the demand for this job should not drop anytime soon. And with an average salary of USD 146,000 annually, you should be on the lookout for new opportunities.
In the future, we will see more and more of the simpler and repetitive work tasks being replaced by robotics and becoming automated. Robotics goes beyond your screen into the physical world, having the potential to change your everyday life. These tasks can go from driving a truck to more mundane chores, like running around the hallways of a hotel, delivering items to each room. Just like dishwashers in the 20th century freed up time from households, we will have more of these robots freeing up humans for other jobs. Some of those jobs will also be related to the machine’s performance and maintenance, requiring Engineers to build these robots and look after them. The yearly growth rate today is 40%, and the average salary is USD 83,000 per year.
Every day businesses transition from offline to online and require help to do so. The first step of any company is usually creating a website. Yet, like any online business, if your user experience isn’t acceptable or you do not understand your customers’ needs, you will not be able to maintain, nor attract new users to your site. And that’s where the User Experience (UX)/ User Interface (UI) Designers come in. They are side by side any developer, software engineer, and app developer to make sure their target audience understands their creations. Technological advancements will always require UX/UI designers to create user interfaces that are not only easy to navigate but also feel good as people make decisions based on how they feel, in addition to how they think. The average yearly salary for a UX/ UI designer is USD 97,153, and demand continues to grow.
Do you see a future without mobile apps? Neither, do we. Mobile application development is here to stay and continue creating functional and aesthetically pleasing apps for people to use, which meet the needs of a target customer. Whether creating new apps altogether or developing new features for existing ones, the need for this field is on the rise, with Android developers expected to earn, on average, over USD 111,000, while iOS developers are cashing in over USD 113,000. There is no shortage of schools promoting these courses in Portugal either, so you might want to consider this as a viable career path. If you are working on or studying for any of the areas of expertise mentioned above, there’s a bright future ahead. What other jobs do you reckon will become popular in the next few years? If you are currently looking for job opportunities in these and other tech fields, see what we have to offer at WhereNext.