5 Rising Industries for Tech Professionals

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Joining an industry that’s on an upswing can lift your career and income to new heights. So we searched high and low to find five sectors that are poised for substantial growth due to rising demand for solutions and services and an influx of investment funding.

Best of all, no matter what type of work you’re into, there’s something for every tech professional on the list.

Industry: Photonics

Overview: Photonics systems have been used to power telecommunications devices, printers and DVD players for some time. But thanks to new research, photonics is expanding into cloud computing, security, medical imaging and robotics, thus becoming the fastest growing industry in the world. Some 1,500 U.K. firms currently employ over 70,000 people and contribute €10.5 billion to the economy. However, Photonics and other related industries are expected to add another 2 million jobs over the next five years.

Why It’s Hot: The present electronics-based technology has reached its speed limit. A Photonics system utilizing lasers, fiber optics or other light sources, can carry thousands of times more information in a fraction of the time.

Career Opportunities: Although Photonics is an interdisciplinary field crossing physics, physical chemistry and electrical engineering you don’t necessarily need more education or training to get in on the action. Companies are currently looking for software engineers, DBAs, web developers and programmers, QA testers and technical writers.

Industry: Agricultural Technology

Overview: In 2013, the U.K. government partnered with industry to develop a long-term Agri-Tech strategy supported by €160 million in funding. The investments have spawned numerous startups that are developing everything from cloud software to monitor crops, weather and livestock to revolutionary fertilisers. If you prefer to cut your teeth in an established company, IBM, Monsanto and DuPont are investing in R&D as well.

Why It’s Hot: The Agri-Tech industry is working to stave-off a global food shortage by creating and applying science and technology to farming and food production, as the world’s population expands to nine billion people by 2050.

Career Opportunities: Big data has taken root in the farming community, so Agri-Tech companies are hiring DBAs, data miners, analysts and scientists. And since many solutions are powered by web-based software and mobile apps, companies need programmers, engineers, developers, project managers, help desk and computer technicians as well.

Industry: Healthcare Tech

Overview: Across the U.K., hundreds of startups are creating new solutions to revolutionize the £100 billion healthcare industry. Disruptive firms are using mobile apps and wearables, sophisticated algorithms, and the power of the web to provide doctors with real-time health information. While patients receive digital diagnostics, disease management and support and advisory services.

Why It’s Hot: Health systems across the globe are looking for more cost-effective, efficient ways to deliver services to patients, save lives and improve medical outcomes. In the U.K. alone, the goal is to roll-out telehealth to 3 million people by 2017.

Career Opportunities: The industry is actively recruiting mobile app developers, mobile data security experts, front-end and full stack engineers, data analysts, RoR web app developers and UX designers.

Industry: IT Security

Overview: The U.K. security sector has grown five times faster than the rest of the economy since 2010. The industry directly employs 75,000 people and highly skilled professionals earn 40 percent more than average workers.

Why It’s Hot: Hackers are already costing British businesses £34bn a year. And the increasing adoption of mobile, cloud, social and the Internet of Things (IoT) will boost the need for staff, diligence and more robust solutions going forward. In fact, global spending on cyber security is expected to reach $170.21 billion by 2020.

Career Opportunities: Job opportunities abound for penetration testers, ethical hackers, security architects, experts and consultants.

Industry: Creative

Overview: The U.K.’s creative industries – which include video games, TV and movies, advertising, software and computer services – contributed a record £76.9 billion to the economy in 2013. Employment increased 9.9 percent between 2012 and 2013 with creative businesses accounting for 1.71 million or 5.6 percent of all U.K. jobs.

Why It’s Hot: There’s been a concerted effort on the part of government, policy makers and financial institutions to make creative services a larger part of the economy and a chief export. For instance, the government’s regional growth fund has invested almost £3billion and the CBI predicts that the U.K. can become the leading global creative hub by 2025.

Career Opportunities: Creative firms are looking for game developers, web designers and web developers. But there are also opportunities for multimedia programmers and specialists, network engineers, systems analysts and other tech professionals.

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