With AI playing an increasingly larger role in application development, app developers must adapt their skills to stay relevant in the job market. Leaders must create learning and development initiatives that enable this transition, providing upskilling and reskilling opportunities for their workforce.
Out of the 32 crucial competencies identified in the ServiceNow/Pearson report as imperative for all future positions and roles, the five areas in which junior application developers must be highly proficient by 2027 are:
1. Retaining and improving foundational IT skills
2. Working with statistics and predictive models
3. Understanding how to apply machine learning and AI
4. Developing, maintaining, and improving cyber awareness
The workforce is changing, and AI and related technologies are at the forefront of this change. But while junior application developers will remain crucial to IT functionality, their role is evolving as well.
In the future, a junior application developer will work closely with AI and automation technologies to explore the limits of what they can accomplish, working with intelligent systems, taking a more direct hand in cybersecurity, and developing predictive models while still playing a key role in the programming and foundational skills that define their role today. As this transformation unfolds, IT leaders must identify proficiency gaps, comprehend evolving skill demands, and develop pertinent training and upskilling programs to support application developers.
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