The Internet of Things (IoT) will spawn many new jobs globally, as more objects become embedded with sensors and gain the ability to communicate, according to Cisco.
Speaking at a press conference held in Dubai last week for the 'Internet of Things World Forum 2015', Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager of Cisco Services forecast that the new roles will include "cloud brokers", digital-experience architects and machine-learning engineers.
There will also be a demand for business transformation practitioners, platform developers, robotics specialists, enterprise architects, network programmers, data scientists, customer makers and cognitive engineers, says Beliveau-Dunn.
"Prepare for jobs that do not even exist today," she said.
However, it will be cyber-security experts who will be in most demand as the era of machines that can "talk" with other machines takes a hold.
Many countries are already making preparations for this growing demand. Israel, for instance, has enlisted the help of Cisco to create a cyber-security university.
Businesses, too, should make every effort to protect their IT systems in order to realise the full value of IoT, stressed Beliveau-Dunn.
She said every firm had to think about how it could become a "more-technology" organisation, and work out how to use technology to drive a new business model.
That means connecting to a talent pool, as well re-skilling its workforce, as people are "the critical factor to make this [IoT benefits] happen," explained Beliveau-Dunn.
"With digitalisation impacting every single industry, there is an urgent need to help individuals working in these industries re-skill and at the same time up-skill the next generation of talent to be ready for digital and IoT jobs," she added.