The State of the Tech Job Market
Wondering what are the most in demand tech jobs?
Looking for the best opportunities and a rewarding career?
In this blog post, you'll discover the most in-demand tech jobs for 2020, the three areas of where growth is expected, and the skills and experience employers are looking for.
The technology industry is booming -- experts anticipate a 12% growth in tech employment by 2028 --resulting in 546,200 new tech jobs -- and learning the most sought-after skills and tools can help you land that competitive, in demand job.
If you're looking to stay on top of emerging trends in your industry, you can also read more about salaries, including how they vary based on experience and location, in our 2020 IT & Engineering Salary Guide.
What skills are employers looking for and what are the most sought-after jobs in IT? Let's have a look:
What are the most in demand tech skills?
In the fast-moving tech industry, it's important to keep your knowledge and skills up to date. So, what are the most in demand tech skills?
After analyzing data from more than 40 million users, online learning platform identified Udemy reported the top 10 most popular tech skills of 2020 in their Udemy's 2020 Workplace Learning Trends Report.
- Python -- This programming language is widely used in data science, AI and machine learning, web development and Internet of Things (IoT) with devices
- Angular -- Angular is a frontend framework. Companies are looking for developers to build scalable frontends using it.
- Machine learning -- The number of companies looking for skilled talent to help them deploy machine-learning algorithms. Over the past four years, hiring growth for this role has grown 74% annually.
- Docker -- This open-source platform is growing in popularity because it lets developers create, deploy, and run applications deployed quicker than ever before using containers.
- Django -- This open source web framework is Python-based and free which adds to its popularity. Developers use it to accelerate custom web app development and reduce overall development costs.
- CompTIA -- This is a great door opener for people who want to work in the IT field.
- Amazon Web Services (AWS) -- AWS dominates the cloud computing market and that dominance creates a need for AWS developers.
- Deep learning -- Companies are on the lookout for people who understand the foundations of Deep Learning can build neural networks and help with machine learning projects.
You can also stand out by earning certifications in areas like Project Management, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Cloud Computing, DevOps, and Big Data.
What are the top 10 in demand tech jobs?
Although the IT job market as a whole is projected to grow, it's worth noting that some roles will see more growth than others. That said, what are the top 10 in demand tech jobs? In 2020, employers will be on the hunt for:
- Computer and Information Research Scientists -- These roles are projected to grow 16.5% by 2028. In 2018, the median annual wage was $118, 370.
- Information Security Analysts -- With a 32% growth predicted by 2028, analysts earned $98,350 in 2018.
- Computer Systems Analysts -- By 2028, computer systems analyst roles are predicted to grow 8.8%. The median salary in 2018 was $88,740.
- Software Developers, Applications -- Software application developers earned $103,620 in 2018 and will see 25.6% job growth by 2028
- Software Developers, Systems Software -- Earning $110,000 per year, software developer roles are expected to grow by 10.1%
- Web Developers -- In 2018, the media salary for a web developer was $69,430. Web developers can expect to see 13% job growth by 2028.
- Biochemists & Biophysicists -- Biochemists and biophysicists earned a median annual wage of $93,280 in 2018. Expect 6.3% growth by 2028.
- Biological Technicians -- This role is expected to grow 7.0% by 2028 and techs earn $44,500.
- Hydrologists -- 6.5% growth by 2028 is predicted for hydrologists who earn $79,370 per year.
- IT Security -- With 18% job growth forecasted by 2028, security offers many exciting opportunities like Information Security Administrator, Data Security Analyst, or Information Security Manager.
What are the best tech jobs for the future?
If you're interested in learning what the best tech jobs for the future are, you're in luck. We're going to share some jobs expected to be in high demand for years to come.
We looked at data from over 40 million individual compensation observations and government sources. Based on that, we expect to see significant growth in five employment categories during the next few years:
- computer occupations
- software development and programming
- database, systems administrators and network architects,
- computer support specialists
- and engineering.
The Bottom Line
Hiring and job growth is strong. As new technologies appear and current ones evolve hiring managers and recruiters will continue to seek talented tech professionals.
Armed with these insights into the jobs expected to be in demand for 2020, the skills and experience you should have and the average salary you'll want to ask for based on your experience, you're ready to find your next opportunity.
Are you ready for the next step in your technology career? Start your search now!