A Look Ahead at Tech & Engineering Jobs

Modis Posted 23 September 2019

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If you are interested in hiring and retention, you likely want to know which sectors and jobs are growing so you can connect with the best talent. So, here are the top 14 tech/engineering roles with the highest projected growth as well as related roles that will likely also rise in popularity.

Based on data from over 40 million individual compensation observations and government sources, we expect to see significant growth in five employment categories -- computer occupations, software development and programming, database, systems administrators and network architects, computer support specialists, and engineering -- during the next few years.

Read on to see which sectors and jobs are growing.

A Look Ahead at Tech & Engineering Jobs

Where Tech & Engineering Is Growing

We expect to see an increase in demand – and in salary – for the following tech sectors and jobs in the next few years.

Computer Occupations

Computer and Information Research Scientists

16.5% growth by 2028

$118,370 per year (Median annual wage, 2018)

Similar roles: Software Developer, Database Administrator, Computer and Information Systems Managers, Computer Hardware Engineers, Computer Network Architects, Computer Programmers, Computer Systems Analysts, Database Administrators, Information Security Analysts, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, Software Developers, Web Developers

Information Security Analysts

32% growth by 2028

$98,350 per year (Median annual wage, 2018)

Similar roles: Computer and Information Research Scientists, Computer and Information Systems Managers, Computer Network Architects, Computer Programmers, Computer Support Specialists, Computer Systems Analysts, Database Administrators, Database Administrators, Software Developers, Web Developers

Computer Systems Analysts

8.8% growth by 2028

$88,740 per year (Median annual wage, 2018)

Similar roles: Actuaries, Computer and Information Research Scientists, Computer and Information Systems Managers, Computer Network Architects, Computer Programmers, Computer Support Specialists, Database Administrators, Information Security Analysts, Management Analysts, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, Operations Research Analysts, Software Developers, Web Developers

Software Development & Programming

Software Developers, Applications

25.6% growth by 2028

$103,620 per year (Median annual wage, 2018)

Similar roles: Computer and Information Research Scientists, Computer and Information Systems Managers, Computer Hardware Engineers, Computer Network Architects, Computer Programmers, Computer Support Specialists, Computer Systems Analysts, Database Administrators, Information Security Analysts, Mathematicians and Statisticians

Software Developers, Systems Software

10.1% growth by 2028

$110,000 per year (Median annual wage, 2018)

Similar roles: Computer and Information Research Scientists, Computer and Information Systems Managers, Computer Hardware Engineers, Computer Network Architects, Computer Programmers, Computer Support Specialists, Computer Systems Analysts, Database Administrators, Information Security Analysts, Mathematicians and Statisticians

Web Developers

13.0% growth by 2028

$69,430 per year (Median annual wage, 2018)

Similar roles: Computer and Information Systems Managers, Computer Programmers, Computer Support Specialists, Computer Systems Analysts, Database Administrators, Graphic Designers, Information Security Analysts, Multimedia Artists and Animators, Software Developers

Database, Systems Administrators And Network Architects

Database Administrators

9.0% growth by 2028

$90,070 (Median annual wage, 2018)

Similar roles: Computer and Information Systems Managers, Computer Network Architects, Computer Programmers, Computer Support Specialists, Computer Systems Analysts, Financial Analysts, Information Security Analysts, Market Research Analysts, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, Operations Research Analysts, Software Developers, Web Developers

Computer Network Architects

5.3% growth by 2028

$109,020 (Median annual wage, 2018)

Similar roles: Computer and Information Research Scientists, Computer and Information Systems Managers, Computer Hardware Engineers, Computer Programmers, Computer Support Specialists, Computer Systems Analysts, Database Administrators, Information Security Analysts, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, Software Developers

Computer Hardware Engineers

6.1% growth by 2028

$114,600 (Median annual wage, 2018)

Similar roles: Aerospace Engineers, Computer and Information Research Scientists, Computer and Information Systems Managers, Computer Network Architects, Computer Programmers, Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, Software Developers

Computer Support Specialists

Computer User Support Specialists

10.6% growth by 2028

$50,980 (Median annual wage, 2018)

Similar roles: Computer and Information Systems Managers, Computer Network Architects, Computer Programmers, Computer Systems Analysts, Customer Service Representatives, Database Administrators, Information Security Analysts, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, Web Developers

Computer Network Support Specialists

6.4% growth by 2028

$62,770 (Median annual wage, 2018)

Similar roles: Computer and Information Systems Managers, Computer Network Architects, Computer Programmers, Computer Systems Analysts, Customer Service Representatives, Database Administrators, Information Security Analysts, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, Web Developers

Engineering

Biochemists & Biophysicists

6.3% growth by 2028

$93,280 (Median annual wage, 2018)

Similar roles: Agricultural and Food Scientists, Biological Technicians, Biomedical Engineers, Chemists and Materials Scientists, Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Medical Scientists, Microbiologists, Natural Sciences Managers, Physicists and Astronomers, Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Biological Technicians

7.0% growth by 2028

$44,500 (Median annual wage, 2018)

Similar roles: Agricultural and Food Science Technicians, Biochemists and Biophysicists, Chemical Technicians, Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians, Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Epidemiologists, Forensic Science Technicians, Medical Scientists, Microbiologists, Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Hydrologists

6.5% growth by 2028

$79,370 (Median annual wage, 2018)

Similar roles: Agricultural Engineers, Atmospheric Scientists, Including Meteorologists, Civil Engineers, Conservation Scientists and Foresters, Environmental Engineers, Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Geological and Petroleum Technicians, Geoscientists, Mining and Geological Engineers

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Source: https://www.bls.gov/emp/tables/occupational-projections-and-characteristics.htm