With the end of the COVID pandemic finally in sight, the economy will once again have to shift back to the ‘old normal’ after adjusting for the past year to a world locked down over stay-at-home orders related to the virus.
While the negatives related to the pandemic certainly outweigh the positives, a few trade trends enforced by legislation have actually proved beneficial for many businesses and individuals.
One of these trends was a surprising success rate related to remote work. Remote working, of course, means less money spent on rent and resources for businesses, and for many workers, it also means higher employee satisfaction.
For those and other reasons, remote work is expected to continue after the pandemic, including advances in technology, making the remote office more like the physical one.
With that, an even greater reliance on technology-oriented workers and computer engineers has already begun, as communications, data sharing and use, security and much more revolve around computer engineering and are essential for outside companies.
Here’s a look at 3 areas of computer science that are expected to remain highly competitive for the foreseeable future.
1. Web Developers
Web development is a pretty broad term, and it involves content creators, editors, and designers, but the brain that makes all those pieces work is the computer engineer of the web development team, and as e-commerce continues to grow, so does the demand. for these professionals
Individuals who like to be as creative as they are practical may be interested in this sect of computer science, and job security is generally quite good as these websites require constant updating to rank high in search engine optimization.
Engineers working with web development generally need to be experts in a few different coding languages and always be willing to learn more as the field continues to evolve.
Creativity and the ability to put themselves in the shoes of a layman are both great intangibles for aspiring computer engineers working in web development.
2. Artificial Intelligence
The artificial intelligence industry thrived long before the COVID pandemic, and every aspect of the economy is discovering ways to use AI to make their processes more efficient.
With that, money for engineers in the AI realm is very good, and there are many opportunities in research and development.
Machine learning is a step further with artificial intelligence, and as the name suggests, it is the process of programming machines to program themselves.
A practical example would be when Amazon offers you “similar products” based on data related to other individuals who were looking for similar products.
Pursuing a career in machine learning engineering means a lot of work, but also a lot of opportunities and benefits.
3. Video game development
In 2020, Fortnite, a video game franchise with more than 350 million players worldwide, was Netflix’s biggest competitor in screen time at home.
Trends and attrition in video games tend to be very fast, which doesn’t bode well for individuals attached to their projects once they’re released.
For individuals who want to make a lot of money and constantly program, the world of video games offers unique opportunities, a great salary and generally a very nice working atmosphere.
While there are almost countless coding languages, sideways movement in the computer technology world is very common, and means even more job security for those who want to learn a new language.
System security is another very popular area, besides the three mentioned here, but they all share a basic knowledge, and that knowledge will transfer well if you get bored or unfulfilled in any aspect of computer science.