Must-Have Skills for IoT Developers
Now that you’ve got the gist of the IoT development process, what else do you need to explore?
1. AI, Machine Learning, and Data Science
Businesses are increasingly seeing the value of AI, machine learning, and data science to automate processes, extract more knowledge and insights from data, and make more informed decisions.
Because IoT products by nature often collect massive amounts of data, it’s crucial for IoT developers to understand the technologies they’ll need to use to help businesses maximize the value of the information being collected.
2. Embedded Systems Engineering
Even if you’re not directly involved with the programming of an IoT device, or you don’t have a computer science degree, you should understand the basics of how the sensors work and how the hardware interacts with the software. You can try playing around with a Raspberry Pi to get an idea of how this works.
3. Networking & Security
Successful IoT solutions rely on efficient communication across secure networks. To ensure connectivity, developers should be familiar with the OSI stack and the communication protocols used in IoT (like MQTT).
4. Mobile Development Knowledge
It’s practically a given that you’ll need some web development knowledge to work in IoT so that you can create the application that’s connected to your “thing” or device. Additionally, with a huge number of connected devices being controlled by smartphones, some of the most marketable IoT developers today are highly skilled in mobile development for iOS and Android.
5. User Experience and User Interface Design
Your IoT product could have perfect connectivity and be programmed with flawless code, but if it’s not intuitive to use, none of that will matter. That’s where UX and UI design come in.
While you don’t have to be an IoT UX/UI design expert (especially given all of the complexities of IoT design ) collaboration with your software and hardware designers will be essential throughout your IoT project — so make sure you’re speaking the same language.
6. IoT Development Frameworks, Languages, & Technologies
To succeed as an IoT developer, you may need to be proficient in the following methodologies, frameworks, languages, and technologies:
- Agile Development
- Lean Development
- Extreme Programming
- Ruby on Rails
- React Native
- AWS IoT
- Microsoft Azure IoT
Making it Real
It’s an exciting time to get into IoT development, and it will be interesting to see how the field develops in the coming years. If anything from this post sounded like you and you’re interested in joining a team of IoT developers, check out our open positions here.
If you’re looking for a way to resource your next IoT project, reach out to our team today for a 30-minute conversation about how we can help.