The global tech industry is growing at an unprecedented rate, and it’s no surprise.

As we become more connected, and increasingly, more automated, the need for more tech jobs is becoming evident. According to the Bureau of Statistics, tech are estimated to grow by 22% through 2020 in the United States alone. Globally, this number is expected to be at least double.

As we close in on this year, we’ve compiled a list of the most in-demand and high growth tech jobs that we can expect to see next year:

Tech Jobs in Cloud Computing

As businesses continue to adopt more SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS models, the need for cloud computing has erupted. Mainly because the cloud enables companies to transform into a truly digital organization, cloud services are projected to become a $300 billion business by 2021.

As the cloud begins to dominate the business landscape, employers are also continuing to show interest in positions relating to cloud computing. Following are some of the highest growth tech jobs in cloud computing jobs:

  1. AWS Specialists: Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the current leader in cloud computing. It features a content delivery system, database storage, networking, and other services that allow companies to store everything on cloud in one place (instead of physical servers). With companies such as Netflix, Unilever, and Samsung using AWS, it’s understandable that many more are following suit, creating a demand for AWS specialists.
  2. Software Engineer: Perhaps, one of the most sought after jobs in the next few years will be that of a software engineer — the people who build, design, develop and maintain code (or software). Software engineers should understand how to work with several common computer languages, including Visual Basic, Python, Java, C, and C++.
  3. Software Architect: With the growth of software engineers, we’ll need more software architects. While software engineers are knowledgeable in the software development process, they typically need input from IT leaders regarding software requirements and what business goals they need to achieve.
  4. Cloud Engineer: With so many companies opting to store their data on the cloud, the need for cloud engineers are becoming more dominant. Whether a business is storing all of their data in the cloud or opting for a hybrid cloud combo, they need skilled data engineers to build, maintain, and link to cloud systems.
  5. DevOps: DevOps engineers are currently in high demand, with no signs of slowing down. Mainly responsible for overseeing code releases, DevOps work with software developers and system operators to bring the agile focus on communication and collaboration, in the post-code software process.
  6. Full-stack Developer: Many companies are now moving away from hiring both front-end and back-end developer s. Instead, they are opting to hire only full-stack developers that can take care of both client and server-side applications. As new programming languages hit the market, it’s becoming easier to code and manage frameworks, hence giving rise to the demand of full-stack developers.

Tech Jobs in Big Data/Analytics

Organizations today have more data than ever before. It’s estimated that 5 quintillion bytes of data are produced every day. But converting knowledge that stems from data, and converting it into actionable items is easier said than done.

By the end of next year, it’s estimated that IoT will comprise of more than 30 billion connected devices, and revenue generated from big data will be approximately $274.3 billion in 2022. Yet, a Harvard Business Review found that less than half of structured data is used in informed decision making.

While data collection is growing exponentially, very few companies are actually using it to full potential. One of the main reasons for this is a shortage of skilled professionals who know and understand how to categorize and interpret data.

Here are some jobs in the big data and analytics sector that will see some traction:

  1. Data Engineer: With a projected growth of 56% over the next two years, data engineers require a unique set of skills and must display an aptitude for dealing with complex problems on a code level. It’s essential that data engineers familiarize themselves with a variety of different database types, as well as regression and statistical techniques.
  2. Data Analyst: Their primary role is to translate numbers into chunks of information that provides valuable information. Whether its sales figures, market research, or business-related costs, data analysts take any given data and convert it into statistics that are easy to digest and understand.
  3. Data Scientist: A data scientist focuses on analytics and on finding insights from a data set that was prepared for them by data engineers. It’s important that data scientists have advanced knowledge of mathematics and statistical analysis. While the requirements are tough, the pay is quite impressive, averaging about $139,000 annually.

Tech Jobs in Artificial Intelligence

Eruption in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies across the globe has risen the demand for professionals in the sector. In order to better optimize business practices and automate day-to-day functions, companies are investing in AI and machine learning professionals.

Here are some jobs in the AI sector that will see increased demand in the upcoming year:

  1. Database administrators: This job will see a growth in demand as more companies offer software that includes AI, and the potential to put together AI-powered models. Companies will need databases that are adequately maintained for these products to work efficiently, and skilled professionals who can manage such databases.
  2. Machine learning engineer: Machine learning engineers are seasoned programmers who develop AI machines and systems that can acquire and apply information. These professionals deliver advanced programming, working with complex datasets and algorithms to train these systems.

Tech jobs in Cybersecurity

Lately, cybersecurity has garnered a lot of attention. With numerous data leaks this past year, the most notable case being Facebook, more and more companies are investing in protecting their infrastructure.

Here are future jobs in the cybersecurity sector that will be high in-demand in the upcoming year(s):

  1. Cybersecurity specialist: A cybersecurity specialist is “in charge of the electronic security of an organization”. This could include re-certifying or updating the security of applications and servers, troubleshooting country-wide security threats, testing, as well as regular updates for virus protection.
  2. Security Analyst: Cybersecurity professionals are already in great demand, and that will continue into the future, as attacks grow more sophisticated and technologies to fight them advance. The role will likely evolve to include more data skills and AI skills.

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