Software engineer apprenticeships are a great way to get your foot in the door of the software engineering industry. But, by 2022, there will be significant changes in global trends that could affect how these positions look and function. This blog post highlights 13 trends that will have an impact on software engineer apprenticeships over the next five years.
The global economy will continue to grow. This is good for software engineer apprenticeships because it means more jobs and therefore a need for more training programs that teach the skills needed to advance in a career in software engineering. Software entrepreneur, investor and educator Oren Michels says “When economies are growing, they’re creating new needs. So there is potential for growth not just from an individual company standpoint but also from an economic perspective.”
Technology advances change how we work every day; this trend will only increase over time as AI takes on new roles within companies like customer service or decision making. As these technology advances progress, so do their impacts on industries (like ours!) which require our creativity and problem solving abilities.
Increasing population: another trend that will affect the software engineering apprenticeship industry is an increasing population. There are two main factors behind this rise in population, which are a lower mortality rate and increased life expectancy. Population growth also leads to more jobs being created as new companies and businesses need help filling their positions.
-An aging workforce: while many people think of an aging labor force as something negative, it can actually be seen as positive when viewed from a different perspective – especially for our industry! As workers age out of traditional careers they may see software engineering apprenticeships (and other tech fields) as viable alternatives. Older employees bring with them decades worth of experience on how things work at larger organizations, so these individuals could become a valuable resource for new apprentices.
The tech boom: the rapid growth of the tech industry has not slowed down, and it’s only likely to continue through 2022 as long as major corporations are still taking on software engineer apprentices in hopes of maintaining their competitive edge.
The rise of women in coding: some experts believe that we’re going to see an increase in female computer science graduates by 2020 – a trend which will fuel demand for more job positions at companies with both male and female employees alike.
Unemployment rates decrease across the world: while there is always room for improvement when it comes to unemployment numbers, many countries around the globe have seen this figure drop below double digits since 2011 (in regions like Asia). This is good news for both employers and prospective employees.
The need for skilled workers in STEM related fields: there’s no denying that the tech industry is booming, but it also leaves room for a shortage of qualified candidates with an impressive set of skills to fill all positions available. In order to be competitive in this field, people will likely invest more time into acquiring technical knowledge so they can stay ahead of the curve when applying for jobs (or creating their own).
-More college degrees being pursued by apprentices: many software engineer apprentices are starting to see just how valuable education can be – especially considering how difficult it may become as competition heats up over the next few years. There’s been a clear uptick in recent years among recruits with a college degree, and this is likely to continue.
Rising importance of soft skills: there’s an ongoing discussion about how much more important technical knowledge has become vs. someone who also possesses strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to think critically – or “soft” skills as some people call them. Some employers are now requiring applicants have at least one year of experience in addition to specific educational qualifications before they’ll consider hiring them for their open positions (i.e., it’s becoming harder than ever).
More apprenticeships being created by companies themselves: while many large organizations will still rely on schools for training purposes, we’re starting to see more startups create internal apprenticeship programs that focus heavily on teaching recent graduates all
The future of software engineer apprenticeships is firmly rooted in global trends.
For example, the role of artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to grow at a rapid pace. By 2022, AI could be performing up to 50% or more of all coding tasks. The growth in this area has been exponential over the last couple years as well—in 2013, for example, it was estimated that just 20 percent of computing power had already been replaced by computers powered by algorithms designed with deep neural nets (one form of AI), according to IBM Research’s “Roadmap 2017: Deep Learning Systems Will Transform Your Industry” report. Other areas where you can expect an impact include robotics and genomics-related fields such as bioinformatics, as well as areas such as AI-enabled process automation.
* Machine learning is improving by leaps and bounds in the last few years (tech leaders like Google and Facebook are investing heavily into this area) which will lead to a wider adoption of AI across multiple disciplines from genomics related fields to data analytics * Companies also need to be more vigilant about cyber security – attacks on internet infrastructure have doubled over the past two years; with all the recent news coverage around major breaches, there’s been an increase in demand for cybersecurity professionals.
* As globalization continues we can expect expansion in cross-border collaborations. The US no longer exclusively dominates software engineering talent recruitment, either domestically or abroad: examples include Chinese engineers in the US and Indian engineers in China.
* At the same time, borders are closing as political leaders reinforce nationalistic policies such as Brexit and Trump’s immigration ban (though this might be an overreaction.) This will lead to a reduction of global collaboration opportunities for software engineering apprenticeships.
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