10 of the Hottest IoT Skills

There is a steady uptick in job postings related to the Internet of Things.

Brian Buntz

January 31, 2017

11 Slides

As the Internet of Things goes mainstream, the words “Internet of Things” or “IoT” are appearing in a growing number of job profiles. Recently, Mike Quindazzi, managing director at PwC, took at look at the trend with a clever use of publicly available data. He discovered that the top 10 Internet of Things employers showed employee profile counts on LinkedIn up 23% in just the last six months alone. Quindazzi notes that while the outright number of jobs posted on LinkedIn is an imperfect indicator of employment, the self-reported increase in profiles does directionally indicate that more employees working in IoT space.


A further look showed both a combination of new hiring and re-branding contributed to the 23% uptick, while the roles were spread across many functions including IT, consulting, accounting, operations, customer service, marketing and sales.

The following slideshow presents 10 of the most in-demand IoT-related skills—predominantly in the IT realm. The list draws from data on IoT-related job listings on indeed.com and from the Upwork freelancing platform.  

About the Author(s)

Brian Buntz

Brian is a veteran journalist with more than ten years’ experience covering an array of technologies including the Internet of Things, 3-D printing, and cybersecurity. Before coming to Penton and later Informa, he served as the editor-in-chief of UBM’s Qmed where he overhauled the brand’s news coverage and helped to grow the site’s traffic volume dramatically. He had previously held managing editor roles on the company’s medical device technology publications including European Medical Device Technology (EMDT) and Medical Device & Diagnostics Industry (MD+DI), and had served as editor-in-chief of Medical Product Manufacturing News (MPMN).

At UBM, Brian also worked closely with the company’s events group on speaker selection and direction and played an important role in cementing famed futurist Ray Kurzweil as a keynote speaker at the 2016 Medical Design & Manufacturing West event in Anaheim. An article of his was also prominently on kurzweilai.net, a website dedicated to Kurzweil’s ideas.

Multilingual, Brian has an M.A. degree in German from the University of Oklahoma.

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