To go from IT to IoT, build on your skills – PCWorld

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The Internet of Things is growing so fast, it’s an obvious place to look for career growth.

IoT is already a reality at 29 percent of enterprises, according to a Gartner survey taken late last year. Fourteen percent said they would implement it this year, and 64 percent said they plan to use some form of IoT eventually.

Yet, like a lot of IoT technology, jobs in this vast field are still evolving out of what’s been in place for years. Instead of aiming for a whole new job, the best strategy may be to add some skills to the ones you already have.

There will be plenty of new things to do in enterprises that adopt IoT systems, which can make companies more efficient and generate new sources of revenue. And some people are working on IoT full time. But for now, most companies heading in that direction are still scouting it out.

A recent survey by job market analytics company Burning Glass found that out of more than 800,000 IT job listings in the U.S., only about 1,000 were for IoT-specific positions.

Still, there are certain skills and areas of knowledge that are likely to be in demand as the new technology takes shape. One is analytics, a field of growing importance for all sorts of IT projects that are generating more data, including IoT. But specifically in the enterprise Internet of Things, the big winners are likely to be workers who can bridge the gap between IT and a sometimes overlooked field called OT (operational technology).

“We need the IT skills to come into the OT side of the house,” Gartner analyst Chet Geschickter said. It works the other way, too.

OT includes everyone in a company who sets up and manages real-world objects. That means things like HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) technicians, fleet managers, and people who make assembly-line robots do their jobs.

To go from IT to IoT, build on your skills – PCWorld