According to Gartner, over 29% of the Enterprise world has adapted IoT at some level, and over 64% plans to do so in the near future. A latest Burning Glass survey found that over 1,000 jobs were listed under IoT category in 2016, out of 800,000 total IT jobs posted. Harvard Business School says that IoT marks the third wave of the IT revolution that started in the 90s. IoT is the next big thing and companies around the world are shifting to this technology pretty quickly, which means there will be a growing appetite for people with IoT skills in the market pretty soon. In this article, we will tell you how to make a career in Internet of Things by pointing out the skills you need to have to excel in this field.
Internet of Things is all about machines. And to work with the machines and make intelligent systems, machine learning is quintessential. There are many quality courses on Machine Learning for beginners on the internet. I recommend Machine Learning course from Coursea or Udacity. There is also a great free course on Machine Learning by Stanford on YouTube where you can learn the basics, background and advanced level Machine Learning skills which are necessary for Internet of Things.
Best IoT Books
After the courses, books are the best way to learn Internet of Things. You have to equip yourself with in-depth and strong knowledge of Internet of Things to start a career in this highly challenging and exciting field. Here are a few books which are recommended for learning Internet of Things for beginners.
Designing Internet of Things by Adrian McEwen, Hakim Cassimally.
Programming Languages Necessary for IoT
If you don’t develop a knack of excellent programming, the chances of you making a career in IoT are close to none, as IoT is full of playing with the machines, making smart algorithms, solving complex programs using computer programs and probabilistic theories. You must learn programming languages like Python, R-Language, Java, C#, C++, and C. Learning a bit of PHP and web programming will also refine your design skills in IoT systems.
Hardware and Embedded Systems
Apart from programming languages, having a strong knowhow of embedded systems like sensors, processors, controllers, interfacing, wireless protocols, Bluetooth protocols is also necessary. This is because IoT is not all about software. You have to embed programs in chips and make themsmart standalone systems. You should learn programming with Arduino devices and other advanced level devices such as Raspberry-Pi. Just start with the baby steps, like a weekend project to make a blinking LED, temperature or fluid sensors, fixing motors and related stuff.
Internet of Things is based on the idea that “things” or devices can be connected to make them communicate and talk to each other for optimized results as standalone devices. Networking is the essence of all the communication dynamics between devices. You should grasp a keen and sound technical knowledge of Networking. You should learn basic data communications and wireless protocols (WPA/WEP or 3G/4G), Bluetooth Low Energy, encryption algorithms and audio and video communication basics.