Rating the Most In-Demand Tech Jobs Is an Inexact Science
Rating the most in-demand tech jobs is an inexact science. If you work in the technology field with up-to-date skills, you are trending.
Software, Cloud, DevOps engineers, data science, and Python developers are among the most in-demand tech jobs. Covid-19 accelerated the need for tech jobs to facilitate employees working from home, but advances in technology have been rapidly creating new roles since long before 2020.
According to the 2021 Developer Survey from Stack Overflow, 81 percent of professional developers worldwide are employed full-time, lending to the theory that most are content with their job and pay scale.
However, the number of professional developers that are independent contractors or freelancers increased from 9.9 percent in 2020 to 11.2 percent in 2021. The survey points to “potential job insecurity or a shift to more flexible work arrangements.”
DevOps Shows Up Everywhere
The 2022 DevSkiller Tech talent trends and predictions Ebook shows Data Science as the fastest-growing skill on its testing platform, with a 295 percent YOY growth in popularity in 2021. Python is next at 154 percent.
Although not a specific job or role, DevOps shows up everywhere. DevOps teams are known for “removing barriers between two traditionally siloed teams, development, and operations,” as described in Amazon’s AWS cultural philosophy.
Python is on multiple platforms, from web development to machine learning. It has become one of the most popular programming languages for data analysis, testing software, and other tasks.
According to Glassdoor, the estimated salary for an IT professional with four to six years of experience is $116,074.
LinkedIn Most In-Demand
Earlier this year, LinkedIn published The Most In-Demand Tech Jobs in the US:
- Software Engineer
- Product Manager
- Blockchain Engineer
- Data Scientist
- Cloud Architect
- Machine Learning Engineer
Why Not Invest in Education?
One option companies are taking is training existing employees with new skills in roles such as AWS, DevOps, or Data Science. If they already know and value the team member, why not invest in education?
LMS encourages team members to further their education and reimburses them for it. The HR department is creative in its approach to recruiting and seeks self-starters with the ability to adapt to unique roles. They invest in the right person with the potential to overachieve.
“At LMS/GEM, we first look to our team’s capabilities and potential to further grow our company and team,” explains Melissa DeArce, LMS Manager of Human Resources Programs. “Then we look to talents outside of our organization for the same, to assist the future growth of our company and our team.”
Finding The Right Fit
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer and IT occupations will increase 13 percent (667,600 jobs) from 2020 to 2030. The median wage for IT occupations was $97,430 in 2021, above the median salary of $45,760 for all occupations.
Every year sees an increasing demand to fill positions in technology. Machine learning, cloud computing, data science, and the rest will need more talented professionals. Other technologies will evolve, both expected and unexpected.
Whether you are in the field or looking for someone who is, the right human being still must be the right fit.