The IoT Skills that Pay the Bills

June 6, 2016

It’s more than a trend, the push to get everything connected and “smart” has intensified, and companies are rushing to line up talent to meet the demand. Here are eight roles to consider if you want skills that are in high demand according to CIO.

Circuit design

Devices need custom designed circuit boards to achieve crowd-pleasing things like longer battery life.

Microcontroller programming

Microcontrollers are low cost, low power, embedded chips that have programming and data memory built onto the system. This is what makes something “smart”.


Product designers are constantly changing the way they make things and they’re using AutoCAD to quickly make adjustments.

Machine learning

Companies need their devices to use the data they collect in effective ways, machine learning enhances or makes “smarter” connected devices.

Information Security

No one wants to be the company that develops a toy or a garage door opener that can be hacked leaving their customers vulnerable. Information security is extremely valuable to companies right now.

Big data wranglers

Data scientists and back-end engineers who can collect, organize, analyze and architect disparate sources of data are of very high value in the IoT era.

Electrical engineering

As companies dig into their devices they need help from electrical engineers.


Node.js is an open-source environment for server-side web development used to manage connected devices such as the Arduino and Raspberry Pi, among others. Node.js is rapidly becoming the language and platform of choice for IoT.

If you see anything interesting above, you should go for it. You’ll be in high demand to employers who need to fill some very specialized roles so they can wow their customers and step into the IoT era.

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NextGen is the brainchild of longtime telecom professionals with nearly 50 years of experience and millions of dollars in Telecom Recruiting Services. We focus on establishing long term relationships with our clients and candidates so we can recruit the best and the brightest in the telecom industry. This ‘quality over quantity’ approach is at the heart of everything we do and has resulted in successful job placements at Fortune 1000 firms worldwide.

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