Will cloud infrastructure engineers be most sought after in 5G era?

While demand for cloud infrastructure engineers is 71%, the demand for cybersecurity & ethical hacking talent is 69%


It is true that 5G will soon lead to an increase in digitisation across operations across sectors, including manufacturing, education and financial services. However, with this rapid digitisation, the need for expertise in the fields of data science, cloud infrastructure, artificial intelligence and machine learning and so on will also surge.

The most in-demand talent, according to a report, is that of cloud infrastructure engineers. About 71 per cent respondents of the survey admit that the demand for cloud infrastructure engineers will be the highest when it comes to 5G applications, followed by 69 per cent saying that demand for cybersecurity & ethical hacking talent will go up.

Data science talent comes next with 62.5 per cent respondents saying this is a sought after skill in 5G. While 42.3 per cent feel AI and ML experts will be in high demand, 32.3 per cent say field engineers will be required when 5G networks are rolled out.

With 5G, it will become easy for mobile devices to transfer huge volumes of data. The cloud and the hybrid, public and on-premises architectures associated with it will be required to fulfil the storage needs of these devices in the face of the data deluge.

Clearly, the unification of 5G and the cloud will lead to operational efficiencies in various forms.

With 5G, flexible work will also become more common. This, in turn, will affect the way talent will be acquired and searched.

Employees will need to upskill themselves without delay to ensure a competitive edge.

Along with implementation of 5G, employers are willing to spend on the skill development of their workforce. A significant 74.6 per cent of the respondents admitted that the they are already upskilling their existing staff to handle future roles involving 5G applications. About 20.6 per cent appear to be keen to launch

in-house programmes in the near future, while only two per cent have no plans to upskill their current teams.

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