The economic prospects of software developers have never been better. It shouldn’t surprise anyone to learn that there is massive job growth in this field, given the increased role that computers play in our daily lives. According to the National Labor Statistics Bureau, this particular job market is projected to grow about 24 percent within the next eight years which is well above the norm.
Here are five new technologies that software developers need to be familiar with to remain competitive in this crowded field.
Focused Artificial Intelligence
Many people feel nervous about the idea of machines that control themselves. While it is true that this is a rational fear, it is also true that the internet has become too large to be operated manually. As such, programmed algorithms are likely to replace manual oversight for most sites. The demand for talented people to write those algorithms will only go up.
The art of using computer simulations to predict real-world results is not new. However, there is a greater need for reliability when you consider the scale of modern software use. For instance, let’s say that you run a hospital. You know that a technology failure in this environment can lead to death, disease, and serious legal consequences. Before you implement your new technology system, it is sensible to test the new system in a virtualized environment. That’s where you come in.
Virtualization, also known as “sandboxing” is an incredibly complex skill that requires the programmer to calculate every possibility and program the system to react accordingly. There will be an increased demand for these skills as companies realize that they can save a lot of money and liability with accurate testing.
Remember “virtual reality,” and how it was supposed to be the next big thing? Well, it wasn’t. Still, the concept of “mixed reality” may succeed where its older brother failed. Rather than creating a fully digital world for the user to immerse themselves in, mixed reality takes your normal view of the world and overlays digital 3D-objects upon it. Such systems are not only useful in tech and gaming markets, either. Some companies have used this tech to create interactive product catalogs where the customer can receive an interactive browsing experience that is both informative and impressive.
There is every indication that cryptocurrency-related blockchain technology will continue to be just as big of a market factor as it has ever been. It would be hard to argue the fact that confidentiality can be a major selling point, and not just for criminals. In a world where digital data leaks out like water through a sieve, it is nice to know that certain things are still safe. The blockchain technology that powers most of these cryptocurrencies has the potential to be used for secure transfer of data in many other industries as well.
Here’s a fascinating concept: The idea that machines can learn and grow as we use them, adapting themselves to serve our needs. This idea is no longer in the realm of science fiction but is still quite difficult. As such, talented developers will be needed to meet this growing need. Like AI, this kind of technology becomes necessary because technology has outgrown humanity’s ability to control it manually.
No matter how smart a computer is, it will always require a talented and educated person to program it. Since machine learning requires each system to be customized specifically for its industry and environment, we can safely assume that there will be a lot of new jobs here.
Sean Seshadri has worked in Technology since high school. After attending and graduating from Central Washington University, he went into the programming sector. Today he runs a successful blog helping ordinary people as well as professionals better understand technology. In his free time, Sean Seshadri enjoys attending tech conferences around the world which help him stay up to date on any new technology. He’s a seasoned traveler and enjoys utilizing travel technology such as apps, he also enjoys cooking for his friends and family, whenever he is home.