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What do you need to know to get a job in emerging technologies?

24 Mar 2017

As emerging technologies come to the fore, job opportunities in these exciting areas become far more plentiful. Here’s what you need to know to nab one.

Welcome to March of the Machines! This week on, we were examining in great depth some of the emerging technologies – such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR, VR) and machine learning – that will be shaping our future.

Over on Careers, we looked at how those same emerging technologies can shape your future.

We started at the speculation stage, providing advice for those who want to work in robotics or with the internet of things (IoT).

We looked at some of the jobs that you can get in these areas. Hays told us about some of the jobs that are going to be exploding over the next 12 months, and we did some digging and found out about the range of work you can do in AI development.

We also heard from Kevin McGuinness, a research fellow at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, who told us what it’s like to work in deep learning.

Once you’ve found the job of your dreams, the next important thing is to find someone willing to pay you to do it. We listed five companies who are hiring in emerging technologies right now.

And, if at any point in this process you’re looking for some guidance, or just want to make sure you’re on the right track, we also did some Twitter research and found 10 AI experts you should be following.

Of course, you can’t talk about emerging technologies without also talking about the fallout, so we covered off the one issue that has a lot of people worried: should we be handing over the reins to robots and AI quite so quickly?

Many people are concerned about the impact of robot workers on human employment. Will robots – or AI – fill our jobs and leave us penniless? According to a PwC report released this week, that could certainly happen in the UK, with robots expected to take 30pc of jobs in the next 15 years.

We heard from a number of different sources this week, each of whom tackled the issue from a different angle.

Margot Slattery, president of Sodexo Ireland, discussed the future of work at length, and told us how AI and robotics could change the face of business – literally.

Three’s Nicola Mortimer spoke to us about how machine learning can augment business practices, rather than replacing them outright.

Splice Machine CEO Monte Zweben talked to us about how his work – and general advancements – in machine learning and AI mirrors the change that was wrought over the steel industry in the late ’80s.

And finally, Accenture’s Marc Carrel-Billiard gave us some answers for the big question: will AI steal our jobs?

As always, for more on any of these stories, follow the links below.

1. Do you want to build a robot?

Want to design and create the robots of the future? Here’s what you need to know to become a professional robotics engineer.

2. An IoT career will give you the ability to move and learn

Want to work in the exciting world of IoT? We spoke to senior software engineer Cliodhna Ni Scanaill about her career at Intel.

3. 8 emerging technology jobs that are going to explode this year

As emerging technologies become further entrenched in our day-to-day lives, certain jobs are growing in popularity. James Milligan, IT director at Hays, gives us an overview of some of the jobs set to explode this year.

4. What kind of job can I get in AI development?

AI is seeping into every part of society, which means a huge number of job opportunities.

5. Deep learning is about more than AI – it has unified research

Kevin McGuinness, research fellow at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Dublin City University, tells us about what he’s doing with deep learning and how the area is changing.

6. 5 surprising companies hiring in emerging technologies

We take a look at some surprising companies hiring in emerging technologies such as IoT, AI and machine learning.

7. 10 people to follow if you want a career in AI

Want a career in AI and robotics? One of the best ways to enrich your knowledge about the sector is to follow these AI influencers.

8. Could robots actually take up 30pc of all jobs?

Another day, another report of how machines are coming to take away your employment. Is it true?

9. Data is ‘absolutely essential’ to the future of work

From machine learning to AI and robotics, the very fabric of the workforce and the workplace may be on the cusp of a dramatic change. We spoke to Margot Slattery, president of Sodexo Ireland, to find out how she envisages the future of work.

10. Machine learning: Should we be excited or fearful for our jobs?

Nicola Mortimer, head of business products, marketing and operations at Three Ireland, on how machine learning can drive efficiency rather than drive people out of their jobs.

11. What does machine learning mean for the future of work?

As Monte Zweben’s company aims to build a hybrid machine learning infrastructure that would vastly improve on what is already out there, is there a fear that such systems – and AI in particular – will lead to a murky era in which humans in data science are left behind?

12. Will the AI-powered workplaces of the future need humans?

In the first in a new series exploring the future of work with thought leaders, we ask Accenture’s Marc Carrel-Billiard if AI will steal our jobs.

Kirsty Tobin
By Kirsty Tobin

Kirsty Tobin served as careers editor of Silicon Republic from 2015 up to August 2017. When she was younger, she had a dream where she started and won a fight with a T-Rex, so she’s pretty sure she kicked butt at this, too. Passions include eating all the cake, watching more TV than is healthy and sassy comebacks.

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