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February 19, 2018, by Carla

What Is the Internet of Things?

By Kathryn Moss, Employability Officer: Jubilee Campus

In a nutshell, the Internet of Things (IoT) allows everyday objects to be sensed or controlled remotely through the internet in order to automate a process. It could be anything a lightbulb in your home, which is being controlled by your mobile phone; or a smart city, where sensors can collect and analyse data to improve infrastructure and services. IoT is also seen as a key part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

Why is it so important?

As the world is becoming more reliant on technology, we are finding more ways that technology can enhance our lives. IoT can be used in many different ways, both in our personal lives and professional lives. Its many utilities mean that demand for this technology is increasing rapidly.

So, what does this mean for your career? It means more jobs are becoming available, and new types of roles are being created as technology develops.

What is the current climate for jobs in the Internet of Things?

In 2015, the government allocated £40 million of its budget towards research into IoT. This money is being used to fund business incubators to support start-ups and research hubs, which are developing technologies for health care, social care, and smart cities.

In addition to centrally-funded projects, there are lots of companies that are independently developing IoT technology, which means that today, vacancies in IoT are becoming much more commonplace. It’s also creating jobs in sectors, such as cybersecurity.

What skills, knowledge, and experience do I need to get a job in IoT?

According to IT Career, the top skills required to work in IoT include – but are not limited to – business intelligence, programming/software development, and information security. However, as more companies specialise in IoT, it is likely that the business will consist of multi-disciplinary specialists who concentrate on one or two areas at a time, so the need to have a technical background is less of a worry.

Of course, if you have some programming experience, that’s ideal, but it is not the be-all and end-all. Many start-up companies that create the IoT devices need people with marketing, project management, design, sales and analysis experience to launch their products.

How can the Careers and Employability Service help me?

We have lots of knowledge about the labour market and work closely with industry experts and graduate recruiters. This ensures you have the expert support required when it comes to applying for jobs and developing your career.

Like the sound of a career in the Internet of Things? Explore this sector further on our website. You can also speak to one of our careers advisers about how to find a career to suit you. Want to know how to broaden, articulate or develop your skills? Attend a workshop or event.


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