There is a tremendous pace of innovation in the technology sector. Technologies are primed for explosive growth in the next decade. Millions of current jobs will be eliminated in future due to automation. The jobs of tomorrow will be knowledge-based and students should be prepared for this change by pursuing Masters or Certificate courses in these technologies to ensure employability.

Author Bio: Sheela Joby is a guest blogger and career counselor at She helps international students with admissions to US, Canada, and Australia universities.

Almost all corporate experts predict that the next industrial revolution is on the way. And it will just take half a decade to completely grip this world. If the last one was brought about by the invention of steel, this next one is going to have technology at its core. Starting from nanotechnology to crypto currency, artificial intelligence to superconductors, the future jobs are bound to revolve around the upcoming technologies and only those students can fare well who now have the vision to pursue a course on those lines. The conventional profiles will die out and the new ones are coming.

So, how can you play smart and prepare yourself for the technology jobs of the next decade? What courses should you pursue to guarantee yourself a futuristic profile where the high demand will pay you fat pay-cheques? Introspect on your strengths, select a specific field from among the following list and enroll yourself to their equivalent courses to solidify your candidature.

1. Self-driving cars

Take any player in the global auto industry and try to find out who is not working on their own self-driving technology. You can hardly name any. Whether it is Mercedes with their concept cars or Uber trying to reduce their operational costs, the self-driving technology is the thing of the future and is a field that currently has massive demand. The whole algorithm is heavily dependent on a series of feedback loops and self-learning and requires the expertise of artificial intelligence and machine learning professionals. And obviously, these are the courses that you should pursue to compel one of those auto-players to hire you.

2. Virtual and Augmented Reality

This job field is really a no-brainer as the virtual and augmented reality technology has already spread like wildfire. Currently, the gaming and the media industry employ VR to a massive extent but soon the technology will spread into medicine, marketing, airlines, tourism and much more. Training professionals in a simulated environment or advertising using the real world will require highly skilled programmers and your course in electronics engineering and/or gaming design will come in handy. Place the knowledge from these courses on top of your creativity and only then will you be all set to become a VR expert.

3. Cloud computing

No business, whether big or small, now uses a stack of paper directories to maintain their books. No company can now function without the internet or collaborate with numerous employees over multiple locations without the cloud. The last few years have seen the use of Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services shoot up like a rocket and this should act as your signal to pursue a course in these cloud computing technologies. They help brands to increase their operational efficiencies and the cloud providers are compelled to provide better technology and security. Your knowledge from the virtualization course will surely make you a compelling candidate to all such companies.

4. Blockchain

The blockchain technology really took flight in 2009 when Satoshi Nakamoto came up with Bitcoin that took the whole world by storm. Since then, the valuation of Bitcoin has risen to $63 billion and the entire cryptocurrency market holds over $120 billion in value. The simple concept of eliminating third-party players like banks during online monetary transactions has already received massive traction and will see even more. And to become a professional in the blooming blockchain industry, you will need a course in cryptography that binds the whole thing together. Apart from cryptocurrency, blockchain is also being used in healthcare, corporate security, and financial markets and you can literally find a job anywhere.

5. Robotics/Drone Delivery

The entertainment industry already uses drones for aerial shots of movie clips. Amazon is continuously pushing for even faster deliveries and working on drones to make its products accessible in a matter of just 30 minutes. Governments around the countries are relaxing their drone policies and companies are opening a shop for the production and sale of automated or controlled drone/robotics delivery systems. This, again, is the future of e-commerce, photography, media, real estate, agriculture, wedding and a lot of industries where drones can really optimize the way of doing business. And in order to pursue a career here, you will need courses like mechanical engineering and industrial design in your bag.

Technological advancements have become like evolution now – it is inevitable. All you can do to fit in is to pursue courses that will make a professional out of you in those sectors. A bit of logical insight will show you that all the above fields are gaining substantial applications all around. It is only a matter of time when they will boom and take over the corporate world. Be prepared, pursue the right courses from the right institutes and build your knowledge for the upcoming technological revolution.


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How Students Can Prepare for the Technology Jobs of the Next Decade