Now hiring! 5 booming tech fields to look into

Tech gigs are booming! Loads of industries – including those that use blockchain – are crying out for STEM grads. Image: Shutterstock

Five booming fields that could lead to a secure tech career of tomorrow

1. Artificial intelligence (AI)

AI refers to developing computer systems that use big sets of data to perform intelligent tasks. AI is in demand, and it’s used in everything from wildlife conservation to medical diagnosis. Popular areas within AI include machine learning, natural language processing and user experience.

2. Biotechnology

Biotechnology uses cellular and biomolecular processes to develop tech that improves lives and sustainability – think vaccines, bioplastics and bionic organs. There are so many ways to combine your passion with this field. You could work in law, business or even food tech.

3. Blockchain 

A blockchain is a digital ledger – that’s a record of transactions or data stored on millions of computers at the same time. It can store anything from currency (shout out to Bitcoin!) to medical records. Tech giants investing in blockchain right now include Microsoft and Google, but other industries, like retail and insurance, are also seeing the benefits of it.

4. Robotics and drones

Robotics deals with designing, constructing and using machines to perform tasks usually done by humans. Robots can sort rice and train doctors, and they’re also revolutionising healthcare, mining manufacturing and agriculture. Oh, and their more mobile friends – drones – are helping out, too!

5. Quantum computing

Wanna develop tech based on the principles of quantum theory (which explains the behaviour of energy and material on atomic and subatomic levels)? Get into quantum computing. Quantum computers have the potential to solve problems way faster than regular computers, and they’re used in cyber security, energy, finance and logistics.

This article originally appears in Careers with STEM: Technology 2021.

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Louise Meers

Author: Louise Meers

Louise is the production editor for Careers with STEM. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals and build a better future.

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