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Internet of Things Developers


The Internet of Things (IoT) is a rapidly growing network of computers, mobile devices, and other physical objects (e.g., wearable fitness trackers, connected appliances, industrial monitoring equipment, light bulbs that upload data about energy consumption) that are connected to the Internet via embedded sensors, processors, and software. These devices collect and share data via a worldwide communications infrastructure and interact without the need for human involvement. Internet of Things developers are responsible for all aspects of the IoT software, system, or other product lifecycle, such as design, setup, configuration, debugging, maintenance, and connectivity. They also focus on cloud services, data acquisition and analytics, and cybersecurity.

Internet of Things developers are also known as Internet of Things engineers. At some employers, developers and engineers may have different duties. In this scenario, a developer would be a “jack of all trades” with general experience in a wide range of areas, while an engineer might perform many of the same duties as developers, but also have extensive experience in a particular area (such as cloud engineering or hardware engineering) and extensive project management experience. For the purposes of this article, we will use “IoT developer” to refer to both developers and engineers.

Salary Range

$50,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree




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