Future careers: how to make it in biometrics

Last updated: 26 July 2023

A career in biometrics means changing the future. Your work can have a direct positive impact on the lives of individuals and communities worldwide – helping them to access essential services easily, move and travel seamlessly, and be part of a safer world.

But what does it take to develop your career in biometrics? Whether you’re just starting out, are looking to secure a new role, or simply want to step up your performance at work, our team have shared their top tips to achieve success…

Be a team player

Some biometrics professionals will have embarked on this career path with a scientific background, while others may bring specialist expertise in identity management or cybersecurity. To develop secure, ethical, sustainable, and user-centric solutions, collaboration is key; so respect the different knowledge and skills that each team member brings to the table. Reliable identity and biometrics solutions are developed by multi-disciplinary teams, not in silos.

Be curious

This is a rapidly evolving field – but the development and adoption of biometric technologies is happening at a different pace around the world. Biometrics professionals should invest time in building their knowledge of the different identity challenges, regulatory environments and ESG considerations in various regions. An in-depth understanding of global challenges will help teams to focus their innovation efforts in the right areas and create solutions that address specific regional needs.

Adopt a problem-solving mindset

Biometrics often involves complex challenges, such as improving accuracy, addressing security vulnerabilities, or enhancing user experience. The most important skill here is to really listen to the challenges that clients (e.g. governments and organisations) are grappling with. High-performing biometrics professionals will adopt a problem-solving mindset – seeking out innovative and practical solutions to meet customer challenges.

Put people first

Biometrics professionals cannot afford to get distracted by all the potential use cases of this technology and innovating for the sake of it. Instead, their focus should always be on building responsible products and services that build trust for both users and service providers. A strong focus on transparency and ethics is not only the right thing to do, but it will help to protect the entire industry’s reputation and enhance future job prospects.

By following these tips, you can pave the way for a successful career in biometrics, making significant contributions to building a more trusted future.

You can check out the latest jobs at Thales here: https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/career

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