Data Centers Need More Highly-Skilled, Versatile Workers
The U.S. data center market is expected to be worth $10 billion by 2023 — growing at a CAGR of 5% from 2018-2023 — with no chance of slowing down anytime soon. Automation, Internet of Things devices, AI and machine learning systems are rapidly changing normal data center operations, making it difficult to predict what the industry will be like in the long-term. Because of this rapid growth and innovation, there is a high demand for data center engineers that are highly trained and have a variety of skills — skills that are beyond the industry norm.
The Industry Needs More Highly-Skilled, Versatile Workers
There are many ways that data center engineers can remain competitive long-term, besides actual on-the-job experience. For one, there’s a need for workers with both hard and soft skills. One way that data center engineers today are standing out is by taking courses in programming and automation. Another way is by embracing non-industry specific skills; for example, enhanced communication skills will go a long way in a world increasingly controlled by technology.
The Solution: Creating Training Courses to Meet Demand
Those interested in a career in the data center world can now get a bachelor’s degree in data center engineering. The degree is available at the Institute of Technology of Sligo in Ireland, and was designed with input from Google, Microsoft, and Facebook. It was designed to meet the specific needs of the ever-changing data center world, both for beginners and those already in the industry looking to increase their skills.
Although this degree is the first of its kind — and geared toward European students — it likely won’t be long before more universities in the U.S. offer a specialized data center degree. Currently, the only degree in data center engineering available in the U.S. is a master’s degree in data center systems engineering from the Southern Methodist University of Texas.
It will still take some time to determine whether or not these courses will be successful at producing the type of versatile and highly-skilled workers that are currently in demand. Regardless, it’s a step in the right direction. This type of worker should help to reduce the frequency of human errors on the job since entry-level workers would have more specialized training as opposed to recent graduates with a general STEM degree. Further, these are the types of workers that will be needed as artificial intelligence technology further develops, and to implement and manage machine learning systems in the data center over time.
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