The tech sector offers some of the best-paying jobs, no discussions here. Various research agencies bring out average yearly salaries data like these: Software Architect – $120,000; Data Scientist – $110,000; Software Engineer / Java Developer / Mobile Developer – $98,000; and so on. These surface researches that utilise data from job postings hardly reflect details behind the high paying tech jobs and related figures. Many roles are not purely technical but are grouped into technical roles listing. Companies are hiring pre-post sales engineers along with other IT workers at a frantic pace. Some of the high in-demand positions are related to Cybersecurity, R, Julia, Hadoop, Scrum Master, DevOps, SAP HANA, Cassandra, Cloudera, OpenStack, CloudStack, Oculus, Chef, Pig, MapReduce, Puppet, the list is endless. These new-age skills reflect the shift from large firm’s software to mobile devices, cloud computing, and remote servers hosting. There might be temporary intrinsic trends like a Hadoop skilled will get higher compensation than Java or an iOS developer gets higher salaries than an Android developer. These intrinsic trends are mere demand and supply impact over a short time period.
In India the skill sets and latest buzz words gets immediate attention and discussion but it takes time when these actually reach graduate level engineering colleges and universities, while the B-schools like an Ostrich bury their heads in the sand. IT skilling is no more a recruitment companies’ responsibility because the requirements are immediate and volatile. To achieve skilling at large scale it is important to develop multi-media enabled teaching and learning technology solutions. For efficient skilling this needs to be integrated as online/in-class skills education through
blended learning using latest industry driven curricula and pedagogy and direct industry partnerships. NASSCOM is trying to set up the IT-ITES Sector Skills with National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC). But this process has to scale-up and speed-up to bring quality capacity and a ready deployable talent pool.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Suneel Sharma (Director-Virtual Reality Program)
Dr. Suneel Sharma is a tech entrepreneurial spirit and educationist, after gaining a rich professional experience of over 20 years in multinationals and Indian top universities. Known for his visionary thinking, strategic insights and execution capabilities, Dr. Suneel earned many awards and recognition. He was nominated for Board of Directors (OAUG) at Oracle. He is educated in Engineering, Humanities, Science, Education, and Business Administration from BITS-Pilani, IIM-Bangalore, Stanford University and Lancaster University. He obtained Glider’s Pilot License and medals in swimming during his college days.