Good news for IT and tech employees: A whole new employment sector is on the rise. Will you be on the cutting edge or one of the people trailing behind?

Late last month, CNET reported that IBM will be investing $3B in a new “Internet of Things” unit. While this is a monumental move for a company of IBM’s size and repute, the news didn’t come as a surprise to many. The Internet of Things (IoT) has been all the rage in the tech world for the past few years. Only now, companies are putting their money where their mouths are — and this means more money for you if you play your cards right.

What Is the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things is an idea that encompasses the connectedness of everyday objects — “anything with an on/off switch” — to the Internet. It’s a powerful concept that holds the possibility for huge leaps in technical innovation, from automating machines we turn on manually (think alarm clocks and coffee makers) to possibilities we haven’t even thought of yet. There’s no shortage of information about IoT if you want to find out more, but in a nutshell, it combines household technology with Internet technology in new and exciting ways.

What Does This Mean For Jobs?

If IBM’s investment is any indication, we’ll see a lot more tech companies hiring IoT experts. Think about how your specific field relates to these innovations and what you can do to prepare yourself for new and exciting career paths as the state of technology changes. Fields like agriculture, data security, wearable tech, transit, cloud computing, and medicine are already well on their way to becoming part of the IoT.

For those of you looking to get ahead — or out of a job rut — start becoming an expert in it now so you can advance your career once IoT becomes the new normal.

 

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