Internet of Things

10 skills IoT developers need

Rick Delgado
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It’s clear by now that the next major technological revolution will likely be the Internet of Things (IoT). We’ve been steadily progressing toward a fully connected world for years now, and the culmination is set to happen as the IoT becomes a reality.

IoT developers are obviously excited by the idea, but that only means the level of competition among these developers will be intense. One survey from VisionMobile already shows that around half of mobile developers are working on an IoT project of some sort, sometimes in their free time. To stand out, developers will need to cultivate their own set of useful skills. Only then will they be best positioned to get the best jobs as the world moves into the new age of the Internet of Things. These ten skills can be divided into three areas: technical, programming languages, and personal.



In the past decade, the world has become increasingly mobile, and that’s only set to continue with the Internet of Things. Developers with a diverse range of mobile skills will already have an advantage over the competition. The “things” of the IoT, like wearables, will require smaller chipsets, better batteries, and flash storage capabilities to be viable in the market. Developers that can provide that are sure to be valued.

Big Data Analytics

Think of big data as the thing that fuels the IoT. Every item collects data, which can be used for analysis. Developers will need to know how best to utilize that data and how to gain the needed insights from complex information sets. Knowledge of analytics tools will also be a major benefit in getting a proper handle on the massive amounts of data that will be used.


One of the major concerns of the IoT is security. Many experts have warned of the various vulnerabilities IoT devices have. Developers who know about these weaknesses and how to solve them have a lot to offer any company.


The only way the Internet of Things can function is through cloud computing technology. While the cloud has certainly grown in just the past few years, the arrival of the IoT will make it explode in size. Developers who have experience working with the cloud and making applications for it will be better prepared for how to use it to make the IoT work.

Programming Languages

C and C++

Some of the most common and basic programming are C and C++, so it’s no surprise an IoT developer will want at least some skill there. They’re versatile enough that they can be used for almost any project and form the foundation of other programming skills that are sorely needed.


While many are familiar with Java, that doesn’t make it any less valuable for IoT development. Java is an object-oriented language with a particular strength in being portable, something very handy with the IoT. Like C and C++, Java is also flexible enough to be used in various different projects.


The programming language Python is known most for its use in web development. This skills translates well to the Internet of Things, but it’s also really useful when it comes to readability. Python is generally much easier to read than other languages, making it a helpful choice when working on IoT projects involving many different people.



As mentioned above, IoT projects usually require a team of developers. One personal skill that’s essential in such environments is being a good communicator. Making complex ideas and concepts easier to explain makes the project easier for everyone involved.


At the same time, collaboration and cooperation are needed in a team setting. A developer that can work with different people of different knowledge and skill sets will prove to be a valuable member of the team who can be placed on any IoT project of importance.


IoT development will face good times and rough times. The developer able to push through the most stubborn challenges is the one who will be the most successful. Showing persistence in the face of adversity without getting frustrated is a must as the growth of the IoT barrels straight ahead.

The developer able to hone these ten skills has a much better shot at landing a coveted position at a growing company. The Internet of Things truly represents the future of technology. Developers would be smart to make sure they have these skills as they make their way in a more competitive world.

Rick Delgado
Rick Delgado is a freelance technology writer and commentator. Connect with him on Twitter @ricknotdelgaldo.

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