Wearable tech drives new interest in consumer electronics from IT pros
Over two thirds (65%) of all those surveyed by the specialist IT job board CWJobs.co.uk anticipate growth in wearable technology will also generate new types of jobs in fields such as design and human physiology, challenging IT professionals to diversify their skill base.
Respondents expected the skills most in demand by the burgeoning industry to include security, followed by sensor technology skills. However, only 28% felt IT professionals in the UK are equipped to take advantage of the expected explosion in opportunities.
Furthermore, 74% felt the Government is not investing enough in research and development of wearable technology, with only 3% naming Great Britain as the country leading the field, lagging far behind Japan (34%) and the US (31%).
Richard Nott, website director at CWJobs.co.uk said: “Wearable technology was yet again the buzzword at this year’s CES indicating it’s more than a passing fad, as some speculated in 2013. This is a really exciting, emerging, field of IT, but IT professionals must be willing to skill-up in new areas to take advantage.”
The majority of professionals (57%) indicated that they would be more likely to consider a job in consumer electronics because of wearable technology and over 60% felt there could be as much opportunity for wearable technology in the enterprise market.