Top 8 Fastest-growing Skills in 2018
According to Upwork Global Inc., a freelancing website, there is a rapid growth in technical skills that will be seen in 2018. Employers are looking for those who possess these skills and are able to become a competitor in the tech field. These Individuals may see an increase in their average salary for this year, as shown in the chart below.
1. Robotics: Being that this is the top skill to have in 2018, it is essential that roboticists possess other qualities and knowledge of this craft. Other skill sets to have are systems thinking, programming mindset, active learning, mathematics, judgement & decision making, technology design, quality control analysis, and complex problem solving. -Robotiq
3. Bitcoin: Jobs related to cryptocurrency have tremendously increased over the last year. It is important to understand how bitcoin works, in order to receive the best possible outcomes. Individuals who have knowledge in computer architecture, data structures, algorithms, C, C++, probability theory, and symmetric cryptography will be able to properly operate Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency. -Cyber Degrees
4. Penetration testing: Identifying the vulnerabilities within the operating system plays a key role in the level of security the infrastructure truly has. A penetration tester needs to have good knowledge of networking and network protocols, be able to master operating systems, know basic scripting (like Bash) and programming language, block firewalls, and understand the operation of an ARPSpoof/MiTM. Remember, penetration testing is just as important as any other security testing. -Infosec Institute
7. Augmented Reality: Often times confused with virtual reality, augmented reality is the ability to take technology and layer a sense of reality on top of another. In terms of design, it is best to understand social/web-based content, UX mobile design, 3D modeling, mobile programming, and relevant SDKs, to become a successful developer in this field. -Sparks Group
8. Deep learning- Involves building and training a large artificial neural network with numerous hidden layers. Being familiar with probability, linear algebra, calculus, programming, Python, and R with increase your knowledge in machine learning. -DeepGram
Sources: Glassdoor, Indeed, Ziprecruiter, Payscale, Cyberspecialists
Where to Find Blockchain Developers
Employers are looking for blockchain developers, yet are struggling to find and connect with talent. People with experience in blockchain programming, such as Solidity, Java, C++, and Python are one of the fastest growing workforce in demand. According to Burning Glass Technologies, there was a 115% increase in job postings in 2017, for those with blockchain knowledge, and the demands are projected to increase in 2018. Furthermore, employers are looking for developers with a strong passion, curiosity, and high levels of creativity with this technology. To help alleviate the stress of finding blockchain talent, there are numerous websites, like Upwork Global Inc., that allow blockchain developers and engineers of such expertise to create profiles in hopes of finding employment. Within their profiles are their skills, number of jobs completed, hours worked within their field and more. Because blockchain can be applied to all industries, these job boards post blockchain developers from all different fields, such as marketing, cryptography, analytics, engineering, etc. This provides a variety of talent within the blockchain pool to help employers find the right developer. Below are several other job boards, like Upwork Global Inc., that can become beneficial when searching for talent:
In addition to job boards, universities and companies are beginning to offer blockchain courses to its students and employees. Institutions like Stanford, MIT, and Berkeley have created their own blockchain courses and added it to their curriculum. Companies like IBM are administering free online training to its workers. Eventually, other organizations will follow the same lead.
Although blockchain is a hard talent to find, employers can also invest in their own people. Like IBM, employers can construct training programs to educate current employees on the skills needed to become an expert in blockchain technology. Building your own talent and becoming apart of the growing workforce will be a fair advantage and name you as a competitor in 2018.
The Intersection of the IoT and Blockchain
With connected devices outnumbering humans, and the technology behind these devices continually improving, have you thought about how future technology ecosystems will evolve?
Currently, cars tell you if there is an engine problem, but it doesn’t notify a mechanic until at the shop; the car’s manufacturer will likely never know. Wouldn’t it be nice if we were notified of an issue, and that there was a solution ready within moments of it occurring? While this level of connectivity would be an obvious leap in consumer support, simply opening up these communication channels has created safety and security risks. That said, the widespread adoption of blockchain technology could change this.
The Internet of Things
We all know what the Internet is, but how is the Internet of Things (IoT) different?
‘Things’ are objects that have added software and sensors integrated within the product, or the systems of the product. These objects create and collect data and autonomously contribute it to central hubs, other devices, or other ‘things.’ Moreover, each object is uniquely identifiable within the larger network. When combined with the existing Internet infrastructure we are able to “sense,” remotely control, observe, and analyze these at-large objects.
It is this network of unique, connected items that has huge implications for the future. Through integration and analysis, the massive amount of data that would be produced by the full IoT network will allow new and existing industries to better integrate their products and services with our societal and economic needs.
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The Digital “Ecosystem” of the Future
The IoT will enable the continued expansion of smart devices and as the integration of connected ‘things’ and their systems becomes more widespread, the way we go about and conduct our lives will be greatly streamlined.
For example, our car’s brakes would talk to the engine, which could also talk to the car’s computer. These elements of our car would communicate and adjust their performance based on one another. When scaled across the entire automotive industry, the utility of this coordination grows.
Future versions of the IoT would have the capabilities to monitor the connected ‘things’ and devices and create the ability for these ‘things’ to react to real-time events taking place across the network. This “ecosystem” could rapidly adapt to our individual and collective needs with little to no input.
Via the IoT, your car’s components could talk to the manufacturer, connect with other cars, and collaborate with other systems on the same network. This could drastically improve the identification of mechanical issues and notify manufactures, owners, and repair shops with minimal latency. Another feature would be your car automatically adjusting its performance to weather conditions or traffic patterns that are being observed by other systems along the same stretch of road. Inputs, outputs, and processes would all simultaneously update each other making everything and everyone more efficient.
This world that the IoT will create isn’t ready just yet. But blockchain could make it happen.
The Intersection Of The IoT And Blockchain
To even entertain the idea of trillions of devices and products communicating with each other continuously, systems that can handle that level of data and computational power are needed. Even the largest modern supercomputers could become overwhelmed if the level of adoption is large enough.
From there, the system itself needs to have appropriate safeguards to prevent malicious threats and errors. No one wants data altered or misused for bad intentions. But, while the interactions, transactions, and human interests need to be safeguarded it can’t be done in a way that hinders permissibility, and thus the functionality, of the IoT. In other words, the system needs to be flexible enough to continually allow new industries and systems and letting them interact without the fear of misuse or fraud. This is where blockchain technology stands to help the IoT. By operating in a blockchain platform, the IoT can maintain a secured, decentralized network that is permissible, fully auditable, fast, and trustworthy.
The IoT with a blockchain platform would create decentralized data storage units that prevent single-point failure and assure the validity of data. Appropriate entities can easily be given permissions to participate within the system and can deal directly with other nodes without 3rd party interactions. Moreover, nodes could be encrypted so that even if someone has malicious intentions they won’t know which owner the data belongs to, and the nodes responsible for any attempts would be readily apparent to the entire network.
The gaps and security issues of current blockchain platforms are continually shrinking and are under constant development. Globally, startups, companies, governments, and public institutions are spending billions of dollars to address blockchain platforms and are pushing forward. With this in mind, it is only a matter of ‘when’ these organizations will be successful and so far early outcomes of IoT/blockchain projects have shown promising results.
How Should Your Organization Prepare?
At Comrise, we are committed to being the market leader in blockchain and IoT staffing solutions. Our talented recruiters have helped us build a robust and ever-expanding database of top talent. With office locations in the U.S., China, Hong Kong, and the Philippines our global staffing network and proprietary tools grant us the ability to connect your organization with the highest quality talent.
Unemployment Remains the Same in December*
According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate has remained the same at 4.1% in the months of October, November and December.
Job Openings: [5.8 million]
Jobs openings have decreased by almost 100,000 in December from 5.9 million in November displaying a decline in job openings.
Hire Rate [3.7%] & Quit Rate [2.2%]
The hire rate (3.8%) has slightly increased from 3.6% in October and the quit rate has slightly increased to (2.2%).
* All Data is from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor online at www.bls.gov
Questions to Ask About the Company During An Interview
Most people have encountered that awkward moment during the interview where the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions?” The reason it can be awkward is that if you don’t have any questions, you fear it will look like you haven’t paid attention or you don’t care about the company, and if you do have questions, you worry if they are the right ones to be asking. Use this time to demonstrate that you’ve done your research, you know about the industry, and you’re serious about taking a position with them.
The questions you ask and how you phrase them is a reflection of you, but they can portray a positive and confident image. Remember that the interview isn’t just so they can get to know you, but for you to get to know them. Use this time to determine if the company is one you will want to devote your time to. Here are some great questions to ask during your interview:
If the position is a management position, you might want to ask some questions about the employees you will manage, here are a few questions to get you started on the types of appropriate questions you can ask:
Topics to avoid:
By asking intelligent and thoughtful answers, you’ll portray yourself as a serious candidate, who not only researched the company, but desires to know more. For more ways we can help your job search, please contact us today!