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The most promising careers in the 21st century

By Nitin Viijay, Founder & CEO of Motion Education Pvt. Ltd.

Nitin Viijay


With new fields evolving perennially, there has been an explosion in the available career options. As the world keeps discovering new things, at times it becomes overwhelming for people to understand the scope of the emerging job roles. Considering the wide gamut of opportunities available these days, let’s take a look at some of the most promising careers for people to explore that have a promising future.

1) Cybersecurity

The demand for cybersecurity experts has surged immensely in recent years. Looking at the rate at which digitization is materializing across industries, where from businesses to academics, even startups are resorting to AI, Big Data & Data Analytics, etc. for channelizing smooth operations with the help of computation, data storage, networking, or any other business applications. Understanding that the various operations rely on data points, it becomes crucial to protect the sensitive information and important figures of the company as well as the customers.

Looking at the vulnerability of data, there have been growing cases of cyberattacks and data breaches in recent years. As a result, in response to the rising threat of hacking, data phishing, etc. educational institutions are focusing on cybersecurity as a vocation to promote training and skill enhancement aimed at providing expertise in curbing cyber threats. Amidst the irreversible dependency on technology, cybersecurity is becoming an attractive career option in the current age. Those seeking to pursue a career in this particular field can look for cybersecurity analyst, network security engineer, and cybersecurity consultant roles. Going for certified cybersecurity courses such as CISSP, CISA, Security+, CEH, etc. can further give interested people an edge over others.

2) Software Developer

 As the name suggests, a software developer including a full stack developer looks after the various software applications. From designing, creating, and implementing, to monitoring and improving, a software developer needs to do everything to create problem-solving software solutions. Specifically, full-stack developers are involved in the creation of the front and back end of software and also websites. They are required to build a website from scratch.

In the midst of this, the rate at which technology is developing with the coming up of AI, blockchain, cloud services, etc. the scope of software development has evolved a lot. And looking at the trend there is no sign of its abatement anytime soon, considering the need for better solutions to remain relevant in the ever-transforming technological sphere. Based on the niche job, the demand for software developers is very high that also makes it one of the most lucrative jobs in India. Those wishing to build a career in this field, need to get a degree in IT or computer science for being eligible to explore the option.

3) Artificial Intelligence Engineer

AI engineers are considered to be specialists who are involved in the development of intelligent software systems. They need to ensure that the system is well-equipped to adapt, learn and upgrade itself from time to time. Their job role requires them to work closely with stakeholders to understand and recognize their business requirements. Based on it, they make use of their AI and ML (Machine Learning) expertise for building and developing relevant software solutions that meet the defined objective. An AI engineer employs his/ her algorithm knowledge to invent software that has the ability to learn from data and based on that build and test models. They design it in such a way that it can reliably predict events and at the same time is capable of making sensible judgments.

4) Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing has ever-growing scope in India considering the new technological advancements happening in the market, opening new opportunities for aspiring professionals. Taking into account the rapidly changing technology, a digital marketer has a lot to do. They need to be up to date with the AI to predict the changing customer behavior, based on which personalization of the content marketing can be aligned for driving organic traffic to the website. In addition to this, NFTs are the next big thing that acts as a tool to engage customers making use of non-replicable rewards. Along with this, they can also employ Metaverse for creating immersive experiences with the help of AR and VR technologies. People interested in digital marketing can explore the job roles of SEO Specialist, Social Media Manager, Content Manager, Digital Marketing Manager, etc.  

There are many more lucrative career options available in the industry apart from the aforementioned options. Before venturing into any of the fields, it is important to understand that in addition to having the qualification for the particular profession, one also needs to acquire and hone the required skills continuously to excel at the career front.

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