Automation, Artificial Intelligence to make many IT jobs obsolete over next 5 years, says survey

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The Information Technology has never had it so bad as it has since a year ago when job cuts and summary dismissals have been the order of the day. No matter which blue chip IT firm an individual works for, the jobs they are hold at risk, irrespective of seniority.

A survey by Simplilearn, How Automation is Changing Work Choices: The Future of IT Jobs in India, says that the future of IT is in Cyber Security, Big Data and Data Science, Big Data Architect, Big Data Engineer, Artificial Intelligence and IoT (Internet of Things) Architect, and Cloud Architect .


The jobs that will disappear will be anything in the next five are those that are repetitive and can be taken over by Artificial Intelligence (AI) such as manual testing, infrastructure management, BPO and system maintenance will massively decline over the next five years.


Core development jobs will not feel the impact of job loss, said Kashyap Dalal, Chief Business Officer. “The IT industry is seeing the impact of two major trends – one, that of AI and machine learning. And second, that of legacy skill-sets going out of date. While there is risk to jobs due to these trends, the good news is that a huge number of new jobs are getting created as well in areas like Cyber Security, Cloud, DevOps, Big Data, Machine Learning and AI. It is clearly a time of career pivot for IT professionals, to make sure they are where the growth is.”

The report further provides insights into the preferred technology skills based on a survey of 7,000 IT professionals from key metros. Over 50 percent of IT professionals with work experience of 4–10 years have invested in courses and training programs to help them build new skills.

Big Data & Analytics, Project Management, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Agile & Scrum, and Digital Marketing are among the top domains in which professionals are investing for online training programs.

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