How to become an IOT Specialist

4 min readJun 6, 2022

IoT (Internet of Things) has developed to become a 308.97 billion USD industry in 2020 and projected to become a 1,854.76 billion USD industry by 2028. According to the The Future of Jobs Report 2020 from the world economic forum, IoT specialist is the tenth most increasingly demanded job.

Source: Future of Jobs Survey 2020, World Economic Forum

Since being an IoT specialist is a considerably rewarding career path to take, let’s dive into what IoT is and then move on to a number of IoT courses that you should be considering.

What is IoT (Internet of Things)?

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The Internet of things (IoT) is a group of objects that are embedded with sensors, processing ability and software that connect and exchange data with other devices and systems over the internet or other communications networks.

Smart Coca-Cola vending machine

The main concept of a network of smart devices was discussed as early as 1982, with a modified Coca-Cola vending machine at Carnegie Mellon University becoming the first smart-connected appliance, able to report its inventory and whether newly loaded drinks were cold or not. Nevertheless the concept of the “Internet of things” and the term itself, first appeared in a speech by Peter T. Lewis in 1985.

IoT applications vary from smart homes, elder care, medical and healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, agriculture, maritime, environmental monitoring, energy management and many more. IoT technology may be embedded in practically every aspect of our lives.

Where to Start?

There are plenty of ways to start your path to becoming an IoT specialist. Two specializations in particular can boost you to an intermediate level, enabling you to judge what other courses, internships or master programmes you need in order to kick off your career in IoT.


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