Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly commonplace in business and in consumer’s lives. In 2020, companies will be on the hunt for skilled workers to help meet the demand for AI-enabled products and services. Most companies look for an AI architect who has at least a master’s degree in computer science, data science or AI as well as past experience working in data or analytics. Candidates with knowledge of machine learning, natural language processing, AI integration, AI application programming and change management experience are in high demand. You want to hire an AI architect who can understand the technical concepts — but it’s also important that they have the communication skills to help get leadership on board.
Business intelligence analyst
BI analysts need experience in database technology, analytics and reporting tools. Businesses typically look for candidates with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems or engineering. You’ll want to hire someone with the skills to understand your organization’s unique data needs and then communicate those to stakeholders. It’s a role with growing importance as businesses pivot from harvesting to making sense of data.
Cloud architects oversee the company’s cloud computing strategy and are responsible for deploying, managing and supporting cloud applications. Cloud architects typically have a strong understanding of multiple operating systems in addition to networking, programming and security skills. Businesses should look for individuals with a strong knowledge of cloud services such as Amazon Web Services, as well as experience with ITSM, I&O, governance, automation, and vendor management.
Data specialists are in high demand as companies are banking more data than ever before. Companies need data scientists, analysts and engineers to help store, sort and analyze data collected by the organization. Data can be highly sensitive — so it’s important to have knowledgeable workers who can make use of valuable data without putting the company at risk. Depending on the role, you’ll want to find candidates with degrees ranging from a bachelor’s in computer science or data science to candidates with a PhD who have extensive programming experience. When hiring data specialists, the skills and experience you value will also depend on your industry and the size, scope and specifics of your company’s data strategy.
Developer (web, software, mobile)
Web, software and mobile developers are responsible for designing, developing, installing, testing and maintaining software systems. The job requires coding, designing and building applications, websites or mobile apps, working with multiple programming languages such as C#, C++, HTML, Java, Microsoft .NET and SQL Server. Developers need to be able to understand client requirements and be able to provide recommendations for improving web, software and mobile applications to ensure they meet user needs.