Starting in the fall of 2021, FIU is offering a master’s degree in the Internet of Things (IoT) that will prepare graduates for careers in the ever-evolving tech industry, including smart homes, smart grid, smart transportation and smart medical devices.
As part of FIU’s College of Engineering & Computing degree offerings, the graduate program aims to prepare students for jobs in IoT hardware, programming, cybersecurity, communications and entrepreneurship. Graduates of the degree program will be equipped to implement IoT technologies used in daily life, including electric and smart cars, homes, medical devices and city infrastructure. The curriculum further expands on FIU’s bachelor’s degree in Internet of Things, which the university launched in the spring of 2018, becoming one of the first in the nation to offer a bachelor’s degree in the IoT area.
“The Internet of Things is changing the way the world works,” said John L. Volakis, dean of the College of Engineering & Computing. “The college has remained at the forefront of this significant technological shift, and we are dedicated in ensuring that our students are prepared for and will strongly contribute toward the technology-driven jobs of today and the future.”
The Master of Science in IoT degree provides a sought-after set of technological skills to build a combined network of hardware, software and services that turns data into intelligence. Throughout their graduate studies, program students will conduct research on the fundamental underlining concepts associated with IoT technology and have research funding opportunities in various areas, such as nanotechnology, wireless communications, power sources and security.
“It is difficult to identify any aspects of society that do not involve the use of IoT from medical, to manufacturing, in our home, or even on ourselves,” said Alexander Perez-Pons, program director. “These IoT devices are and will continue to encompass our existence in ways we have not yet imagined, and given their rapidly increasing deployment by leading corporations, it will be an IoT world.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the occupational outlook for 2019-2029 for those working in the area of software development, which is the closest area to IoT-related job opportunities, is estimated at 316,000 new jobs at a median pay of $107,510 per year.