Every now and again someone will post here about one particular job area that seems to be hot right now. (I've got a half-dozen projects at any time, and every one of those is hard to fill because there aren't enough people with that particular experience, whether it is a niche in industrial microbiology, a leadership position in the C-Suite, or a plant breeder, etc). But this new search I am working on shows me how there's a great deal of interest in the person who combines a science degree with studies in ICT.
ICT means Information and Communication Technologies, and it would refer to the development of ICT tools like web applications, mobile applications, and so forth. And the issue for employment (the reason why this is a hot area) is that there is a great demand for people with science degrees who can distill very technical information into user tools for their customers. The non-profit who is looking for the plant scientist who will also know ICT, to help strategize and develop the mobile platform for the farmer in the field . . . the Medical company with technology in public health, who wants to distill technical information into a platform for AIDS doctors in Africa . . . Anyone who can help the translation of heavy-technical input into an output in an ICT tool, they are hot right now!
ICT4D is another term. That's the development of these same tools, but for the international development arena (my example of the non-profit working with information for small farmers). If anyone has questions about this career track, post it here. I think there's a huge future for ICT and Science combo degrees.
Dave Jensen, Moderator
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