The days of choosing conventional engineering streams as a subject are taking a back seat. With technology changing at a fast pace, big and small businesses are finding new ways to remain at the top. A study by Gartner suggests that for 87% of business leaders and owners, digitalization is a top priority.
Studies have identified Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data Analytics, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Cloud Computing, 3D Printing, Social and Mobile, Virtual Reality and Blockchain as technologies that will create a huge wave of transformation across industries in the coming decade. Studies by NASSCOM have identified future job roles and the corresponding skills required for these technologies too.
I will quote an example here for you to understand this. For example, artificial intelligence (AI) alone is poised to create many new job roles including solution architect, business analyst, data architect, data scientist, AI research scientist, language processing specialist, information security analyst, and DevOps engineer. Thus by choosing Artificial Intelligence as your engineering course, you are almost ensuring a well-paid job for you.
In India a lot of engineering colleges are offering this training in all these courses. However, the number is not high and thus the availability of seats may be of concern. It may be a good reason for students aspiring to be engineers browse through educational sites and research enough to know about colleges offering such digital courses.
Amazon recently started delivering goods via drones in some parts of the USA. Google is updating its maps by noting the usage behavior of people booking tickets for holidays. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and drones are being put to use in numerous ways by farmers in agriculture on one side and for surveillance by the armed forces on the other. These new technologies are finding newer applications in every other industry such as Agriculture, Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, Retail, Automotive, Manufacturing, Energy, Genomics, and Transportation.
Thus, for students who have a mind to do something in relation to computers, it would be wise to get enrolled in engineering disciplines and courses which are latest and just appearing across the horizon but are potentially going to ensure you a well-paid and in-demand job. A few of these streams include Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence, Stem Cell therapies, Robotics, Quantum Engineering, Nano Technology, Big Data and Analytics, Data Sciences, Virtual Reality, 3-D Printing and Designing, Internet of Things and Block Chains.