New Web Technologies IT Job Seekers Should Embrace

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HTML-code-on-a-digital-screenThe landscape for web-related jobs is constantly changing and evolving. There are new technologies and mediums emerging on a regular basis, making the demand for skilled and motivated IT workers and web engineers more important now than ever before.

With the advent of the internet of things, context-rich systems, more robust cloud computing solutions, and content-heavy web applications, there is increasing demand for candidates with the right set of skills to fill positions in many sectors such as healthcare, electronics, engineering, robotics, forestry, chemistry, and a slew of other fields.

Of course, as systems get more and more complex the demand for user experience designers, front and back-end developers, mobile designers, programmers, and analysts increases.

So, what are some of the web technologies job seekers should embrace to help them reach their careers goals and get ahead of the curve when it comes to finding that dream job in IT?

How Is The Web Evolving?

Marketing departments as well as executive teams have been, for the longest time, trying to figure out how to capture a buyer’s attention as they walk into a store. There are new technologies that can help them do just that now. Many companies and stores have mobile applications that make use of a technology called “indoor mapping“. Using sensors and monitors, shoppers can now find products within a store with the help of their smartphone.

This is only a simple example of how new web technologies are evolving. Mobile payments, video-conferencing, and even 3D printing are products and services that require extensive knowledge of new web technologies.

While most industries will likely always require people that are proficient with CSS, HTML, Javascript, C++ and other “traditional” web technologies — technologies that most web-workers are somewhat familiar with — the market is in dire need of people who are pushing the envelope, working with and developing new web technologies.

Here are a few web technologies that are evolving rather quickly. Many aspects of those technologies are not new, but rather they’re the combination of specialized fields and market needs, and are expected to grow and evolve even more in the coming years.

Deep Analytics

In today’s economy, it’s no longer about the “what”. Rather, organizations are now more interested in learning why and how people are performing certain actions. It is no longer just about the numbers, but about the experience and the ability to connect the dots to create a better interaction between an interface and its users. According to Technopedia, Deep Analytics is the science of analyzing, extracting and organizing large amounts of data in a form that is acceptable, useful and beneficial for an organization.

In order to better understand Deep Analytics, it is crucial to recruit and hire the best candidates for the job. We’re talking Big Data scientists, engineers, data analysts, and business development people. Of course, it is also necessary to present all that data in a way that is easy to understand — that is where designers, developers and programmers come into play.

Adaptive Web Experiences

It’s no secret that over half of all websites in the world are now being accessed on a mobile device. This reality is helping push out a few new technologies, such as: responsive web-design, @media-queries, adaptive images and mobile-ready interfaces.

Adaptive web experiences are often described as being “device agnostic“. An adaptive experience would be best defined as one that works and looks as expected on any device, be it a personal computer, a smartphone, a tablet, or even a television or a billboard screen.

Wearable Technology and The Internet of Things

Most of us have heard about Google Glass by now. Also, Apple has released the Apple Watch recently which promises to bring a form of wearable technology to the masses. This is only the beginning in wearable tech innovation. This CNET article lists a few predictions and what to expect in the coming years in regards to wearable technology.

Obviously wearable technology will require visionaries and very talented individuals to imagine and create products that both appeal to the public and serve a purpose or improves on an old non-wearable idea or product. This is often referred to as “The Internet of Things“, where not only do we access the web via our usual smartphones, tablets and computers, but also via items we didn’t think could connect to the internet, like our refrigerator, our car’s entertainment system, and of course our watch or glasses.

Product designers, project managers, software developers, engineers, analysts and programmers will need to keep up with new those new technologies in order to stay ahead of the curve.

There’s of course many more new technologies that IT job seekers could embrace. By the looks of it, the future is here now and the market is ready for innovation.

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Jon Phillips is an interface designer with a strong focus on user-centered and interaction design, and a lover of great typography. When he's not designing or writing, he can be found playing guitar or capturing great moments on camera.

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