By Krishna Reddy,
There is an increasing number of unfilled telecoms jobs for engineers in the smartphones industry.
Take Germany, for example, The Association of German Engineers (VDI) put the shortage of job-qualified graduate engineers at nearly 14,000.
But across the world, the story is the same: The skills gap for smartphone production is at close to 20%, according to UNESCO statistics.
Demand for mobile data continues to grow rapidly according to the 2016 Ericsson Mobility Report. The report predicts that global smartphone subscriptions will rise from 3.3 billion in 2015 to 6.8 billion in 2022, with the data used per smartphone expected to rise nearly eight times 11 GB/month over the same period. Trends such as virtual reality and real-time video require high performance networks that provide low latency as well as higher data rates.
As smartphones continue to proliferate worldwide, the market has stratified into distinct tiers, according to study by Microwave Journal: Flagship phones, which typically offer the highest performance and global band support, and mid-tier phones that deliver good performance and are designed primarily for domestic use, with only regional band support. Mid-tier phones have been popular in emerging markets such as Asia and Latin America, where consumers are price-sensitive.
According to Strategy Analytics, smartphone tiers are here to stay; the company forecasts that mid-tier phones will account for 37 percent of handset volume by 2022, up from 32 percent in 2016. However, premium phones will continue to generate the bulk of global smartphone revenue because they sell for a much higher price.
Then the production of smartphone apps, adapting mobiles to Virtual Reality technology, and improvements in communications speed and networking will all require more engineers.
What this means is that the complexity of smartphone-related engineering is increasing sharply, and that raises the bar for the skillset required by manufacturers. Yet, for every engineer at work on smartphones, there are already more than 20 other jobs unfilled, according to US Government statistics.
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Krishna Reddy is a staff author at Fieldengineer.com which is an On-Demand Marketplace for Telecom Freelance Engineers.