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Which tech fields offer the best career prospects in 2017?

The technology industry has massively diversified over the last couple of decades as the technology itself has become increasingly ubiquitous in our lives. As the roles fulfilled by technology have expanded, so have the requirements of the industry in terms of the skills and knowledge that it values. In the beginning, the fledgling tech industry was the purview exclusively of a few self-professed nerds and for a time the industry was almost exclusively populated by men like these. Fortunately, the role of women in the industry is now far more prominent and the distribution of genders is much better than it once was.

As time has gone on there has been a greater appreciation of the fact that different skills must come together to form a successful tech team and produce a product that appeals to everyone. Now, within every tech related field, there are roles for just about anybody. Here is a quick look at some of the fields that are emerging as particularly good career options.

Data

This millennium, data has emerged as one of the most prominent and potentially world-changing of the technology fields. There are many facets to this one area of study that appeal to different skills. Data analytics, for example, is the science of analyzing and interpreting data. It is how various websites and services work out what to recommend to you based on your previous choices, it is also how we model the spread of diseases.

In fact, data analytics has played a prominent role in the recent Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks and is a valuable tool for fields such as medicine. Another prominent use of data is information management. With ever-increasing amounts of our personal files and information being stored remotely in the cloud, the question of how to properly administer such services in terms of security and other considerations has been raised.

This has evolved into its own area of study with Rutgers Online offering an online master of information program. A master of information degree can open doors to a number of different career options involving the management of data.

App Development

App development is an excellent way to make money, although it should be noted that the majority of apps make very little money. However, that doesn’t mean it is not a worthwhile pursuit. After all, this is true of the majority of all businesses. App development is something that someone learns, and although some prior coding knowledge will be required, you should read up on the requirements differences between Apple’s iOS and Android as well as the standards that are required. Software packages like Unity automate a lot of the processes that otherwise would require some tedious and repetitive programming so that you can focus on the other areas of developing your app.

Whatever your own individual skills and talents, there is almost certainly a role somewhere in the tech industry for you, and with online courses making learning accessible and affordable for all, now is a great time to start thinking about a job in the technology industry.

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