Emerging Smart City Occupations
Smart cities are rapidly becoming a central component of both urban and technological development. While smart cities are likely to have significant labour market implications, little is known about the associated occupations that are emerging (or are likely to emerge) as smart city technologies become more prevalent. Using mixed methods—key informant interviews, a literature review, and web scraping of job data—this report profiles several such roles, describes their creation and evolution, and the accompanying responsibilities, backgrounds, skills, and teams. Roles are evaluated in five categories (Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Risk Management; Equity, Ethics, and Inclusivity; Innovation and Growth; Infrastructure and Mobility; Sustainability and Resilience), with a focus on professionals in senior positions who are driving smart city development. Across all categories, future skill needs will likely be centred around data and digital literacy combined with strong soft skills. Similarly, progressive career experience and professional or technical degrees will likely remain highly valued.
Kotak, A., O’Neill, K. “Work in Progress: Emerging Smart City Occupations” (April 2021), Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC). Ottawa, Canada.
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