Top 5 emerging career options for students to consider in 2021

5 emerging career options for students to consider in 2021

choosing the right career path has always been critical for students who are passing out of school. With several industries being impacted by the pandemic, it has become doubly imperative for students to consider a profession that is not only recession-resilient but will continue to be in high demand in the future.

Long before Covid-19, digitalisation and emerging technologies were changing the global work landscape.

Professions that were once popular, like data entry, bookkeeping, and statistical clerks, to name a few, are becoming redundant and new professions are trending.

According to the World Economic Forum, the adoption of new technologies and structural changes in businesses are predicted to provide over 133 million new jobs in domains like healthcare, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), education and workforce management by 2022.

While it's impossible to predict the future of every job role in the workplace, there are certain professions that can help safeguard your career.

 

1. Data Analyst

Data is being generated faster than ever before. In 2020, around 1.7 MB of data is generated every second by an individual. Everything we do online generates data. Whether it is shopping online, looking up things and places on Google or any activity on social media, every online action generates user data.

Organisations collect these data sets as it helps them understand users' behavioural patterns and trends and make informed business decisions.

To process and use these data sets wisely, businesses are constantly looking for expert Data Analysts. Around 39,000 new analytics-related jobs are expected to open by 2022 in India, and Data Analytics is one such highly in-demand job role. A Data Analyst with 1-4 years of experience can earn Rs 4-6 lakhs annually.

 

2. Cyber security expert

With the increased dependency on the internet and digitally driven applications, and easy access to data, there has been a huge spike in the number of cyberattacks. Companies are more focused on securing their network and information and are constantly looking for Cyber Security Experts to join their teams. Even amidst the recession, the Cyber Security domain has seen steady growth and demand.

According to Cybersecurity Ventures, there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the next couple of years worldwide. A Cyber Security Expert with 2-4 years of experience can earn Rs 6-9 lakhs annually.

 

3. Cloud Engineer

Like Cyber Security Experts, Cloud Engineers are also very much in-demand. To facilitate working remotely, many organisations have moved from on-premise infrastructure to Cloud servers, increasing the demand for SaaS-based collaborative apps to ensure all-time access to information and zero-disruption to business functions. According to IDC, by 2021, 70 per cent of new enterprise applications will be developed on the Cloud.

This will increase the need for expert Cloud Computing professionals, including Cloud Engineers, in the coming years. Based on their years of experience as a mid-career professional, a Cloud Engineer earns up to Rs 10 lakh in a year.

 

4. Product Manager

A Product Manager is a professional who identifies consumer needs. They define the objective that a product or a feature will satisfy and encourage the team to transform that vision into a reality based on consumer needs.

They play a key role in any organisation as they are responsible for describing the product vision, strategy, and roadmap.

There are more than 20,000 active Product Manager jobs on portals like Naukri, Glassdoor, LinkedIn, etc. According to a salary survey analysis conducted by PayScale.com, an entry-level Product Manager with less than a year's experience earns around Rs 10 lakh annually.

 

5. Artificial Intelligence Specialist

Artificial Intelligence has become more than just a buzzword in today's digitally driven world. Applications we use in our daily lives, like Google Voice Assistant, Amazon's Alexa, and Apple's Siri, etc., all use AI algorithms.

Companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google have grown immensely due to the incorporation of AI to forecast and adapt to changing market conditions and generate profit. Organisations are actively hiring AI Specialists and also offering them lucrative salary packages.

Today, there are more than one lakh active AI Specialist jobs available on job portals and this demand will only continue to grow.

Pursuing any of these trending professions will allow students to build a promising and recession-resilient career in the future. Jigsaw Academy, recognised as the leading institute for Data Science training, and a recipient of the prestigious 'Partner of Excellence Award 2019' by NASSCOM, offers upskilling opportunities to professionals and fresh graduates in emerging technologies, like Data Science, People Analytics & Digital HR, Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, and Business Analytics, to name a few.

(Authored by Sarita Digumarti, COO and Co-founder, Jigsaw Academy)

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