All bows to the worldwide pandemic COVID-19 and the pace of the busy-buzzing life got slower, but not for the IT population. Most of us still work from home. As the calendar turns to 2021, there are five very important tech topics that we should definitely consider adding to the skillset or brushing upon.
1. AI and Machine Learning
Although Artificial Intelligence was first founded as an academic discipline in the 1950s, it started to gain a lot of buzz in the past decade. But it is still considered to be one of the new technology trends because of its noteworthy early-stage effects on how we live, work, and play. AI is already known for its super-performance in image and speech recognition, navigation apps, smartphone personal assistants, ride-sharing apps, healthcare, content recommendations, analyzing customer behaviors and so much more.
If you really dream of making an impact to shape the tech-future, AI is where you can make an impact. The system is hoped to reach over $57 billion industry this year. It also offers some of the highest-ranged salaries nowadays. On the other hand, machine learning is to be predicted to create jobs like robot monitoring, data scientists, automation specialists, content curators, etc.
Besides Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, robotics is also a technology that is automating jobs. As a future IT professional, you can enjoy plenty of career opportunities that robotics can offer. For example, developer, project manager, business analyst, solution architect, and consultant. Using robotic process automation software, you can take care of many tasks like interpreting applications, processing transactions, dealing with data, even replying to emails.
Cryptocurrency is a kind of payment. But it can only be exchanged online for goods and services. More than 6700 different cryptocurrencies are traded publicly, But among all of them, Bitcoin, and Ethereum can be interestingly valuable skills to learn that bridge economics and technologies. In December 2020, the total value of all the cryptocurrencies was $645.7 billion, which keeps proliferating. A little well-invested time here to learn the fundamentals, strategies for investigating and identifying the next great cryptocurrency can set you up for a great tech-future.
4. Augmented Reality
It is a great time to hone your skills in Augmented Reality and be a part of creating a rich experience for all because 2021 is expected to have almost 2 billion AR users. When Virtual Reality immerses the user in an environment, Augmented Reality enhances it for the user. Primarily, this technology is used for gaming thus far, but it is also now used in training the U.S. Navy, Army, and Coast Guard ship captains. You don’t need much to start working on AR; a few basic programming skills and a forward-thinking mindset can help you go.
5. Quantum Computing
Quantum computing is a form of computing that takes advantage of quantum phenomena like superposition and quantum entanglement. The revenue of global quantum computing in 2021 is projected to surpass $230 million. This next remarkable technology is involved in preventing the COVID-19, and to develop potential vaccines, for its ability to easily query, monitor, analyze data.
Quantum computing also finds its applications in banking and finance, managing credit risks in high-frequency trading and fraud detection. To enter the quantum computing world, you need skills in quantum mechanics, linear algebra, probability, information theory, and machine learning.