Technology is everywhere—and it just keeps growing! Today, there are very few careers out there that don’t use some sort of technology. Every single day, new cutting-edge technology becomes available to us and changes the way that individuals work in their careers. If technology fascinates you, then the below four careers might be something that you’re interested in and get you working with the coolest technology ever.
Cognitive computer engineer
After becoming a “Jeopardy” champion, IBM’s Watson created a career whose job responsibilities are not totally defined even today. A cognitive systems engineer uses machine learning, data analysis and other cognitive-related technologies for many applications. Cognitive systems engineers may be used to understand security threats or trends in human travel. They have also used data to help develop mobile platforms for a variety of practices. Universities are now offering programs designed for cognitive computer engineers. IBM asks candidates to be hands-on in their use of technology with an understanding of unstructured data, statistics, machine learning and the processing of natural language.
Internet of Things architect
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the interconnection of computing devices connected to the internet that are embedded in everyday objects that allow them to send and receive data. The cloud is everywhere and even electronics you may not think are connected through the internet may be. From healthcare devices to communication tools, electronics are interconnected. Many companies, including Verizon, have started advertising for employees who not only understand technology, but have strong non-technological skills as well. People who have financial management skills and strong communication skills could do well as an Internet of Things Architect. Such a person is tasked with the responsibility of setting up and communicating the vision of IoT, creating a cohesive architecture that keeps the entire process organised. Basically, he or she is responsible for overseeing and orchestrating the entire IoT process to avoid resource waste, loss of revenue and promote good time management among employees. All in all, an IoT Architect should be able to collaborate with company leaders, problem solve and select the vendors necessary to achieve the company goals.
When it comes to technology, there is no career that uses the most up-to-date technology than a surgeon. Even a few years ago, surgeries were not as technology-driven as they are today. Many surgeries that used to be performed using long, painful incisions can now be done through arthroscopic tools that allow a doctor to perform even complex surgical procedures using a small camera through tiny incisions so there is less recovery time and risk to the patient. Other types of technology are also becoming more prevalent in surgical rooms, such as electrosurgical generators, low-temperature plasma sterilisers, computerised suction devices and other electronics that create a safer surgical experience for patients and make the procedure much less complicated for doctors, nurses and anaesthesiologists. The best part of this career, though, is getting to use all of that technology to save people’s lives.
Computer games tester
If you are one of those people who has to buy the latest and greatest game as soon as it is released, you may find that you have the perfect aptitude for Computer Games Tester positions. Gaming companies actually title them “quality assurance testers”, but your main job duty is to break games, find fault with the game or cause it to crash before it is released to the public. Games testers must be detail oriented as they find spelling mistakes, continuity errors and problems with the game itself.
These four positions use technology that many outside of the industry may not have had the opportunity to see, let alone use. They are each fascinating in their own right and represent how technology is driving different parts of our modern world.
What do you think is the coolest technology ever? Let us know in the comments below.
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys reading reading books out on the lake while kayaking.