Whether you are stuck in a rut and looking for a change, or you are fresh from college and looking for opportunities, the choices that you make regarding your career now could affect you and your family for years to come. Of course, we all want a job that we love, that is rewarding and that pays well, but unless we have an independent income, above all else most of us value job security and future prospects.
Ever growing, ever changing and ever-present, the tech industry offers some of the best job prospects and security; as long as we have power we will have tech, and as long as we have tech, there will be tech jobs available. If you are looking for new prospects, it can help to know what tech jobs are in demand right now. Here’s our top ten, in no particular order.
Software developer, software development engineer or software engineer
The role of software developer tends to inspire awe from those outside of the tech world. Software developers are those brilliant minds that work out what we need and then create the code and build the programs that will deliver. Often, we don’t even know that we need something, until the app, platform or game is created for us; then suddenly we can’t live without it. A combination of creativity, coding skills, tech talent and communication skills is needed for this varied and prestigious role.
If those in the know are to be believed (which they probably are), AI is the future. Artificial Intelligence was something that we only used to see in sci-fi films and unrealistic films set far into the future; today it is becoming a reality. By simulating human thought and decision-making processes, AI is quickly becoming a part of our day to day lives, from interactions with our banks to heating our homes. Skills for AI specialists include in-depth understanding of deep learning, machine learning (ML), algorithms, database modelling, and programming.
Responsible for analyzing the infinite amounts of data that pour in by the nanosecond, data scientists convert that data into information that will help their business to do more, better. A mathematical mind is required for this statistic-heavy role, alongside knowledge of ML and deep learning, coding and data visualization. The data scientist also needs to be able to pass on this information in a way that can be easily interpreted and actioned by appropriate parties, so outstanding communication skills are a must, too.
Information security analyst
With more data being produced, and more people using technology, the risks of data breaches get higher by the moment. Information security analysts are, therefore, increasingly in demand to identify those risks and protect their organization – and their customers from cyber attacks such as malware. A high-pressure job (particularly if things go wrong), this role requires an in depth understanding of cybersecurity risks and defense, an understanding of the business’s networks and computers, outstanding critical thinking whilst under pressure. and great communication and collaboration skills.
Also referred to as IT director, CIO (Chief Information Officer) and CTO (Chief Technical Officer), this role oversees the short and longer term technological needs and risks of the organization. From procurement to technical growth strategies and soft and hardware management and upgrades, the IT manager has a varied role that requires an in-depth understanding of all of the processes involved as well as great communication and problem solving skills and excellent leadership.
Cloud Security Engineer
A cloud security engineer plays a crucial role in safeguarding their organization’s and its customers’ data in the realm of cloud security. Their primary responsibility involves identifying potential threats and implementing necessary measures to ensure cloud security. While the specific responsibilities may vary across organizations, a cloud security engineer typically possesses extensive experience working in a cloud environment, such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, or similar platforms. Proficiency in monitoring, endpoint detection, vulnerability management, and security assessment is essential for this role.
DevOps engineers collaborate with various professionals, including software developers, to optimize the software development life cycle (SDLC). They analyze data, offer technical support to the team, coordinate workflow and code releases, as well as troubleshoot and resolve bugs. A knowledge of coding and engineering as well as great communication and analytical skills are required to be successful in the role.
Not all tech jobs revolve solely around digital tasks. Network engineers play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth operation of systems and performing necessary maintenance and upgrades. This role requires a unique combination of hands-on skills and technical knowledge, making it an ideal choice for individuals who are passionate about data but also seek a diverse range of responsibilities.
Computer scientists are in high demand, with demand for talent predicted to increase further in the coming years. Unlike data scientists who primarily analyze and interpret raw data, computer scientists concentrate on the storage and utilization of information by computers. This field requires a diverse skill set encompassing coding, algorithm development or modification, model design, and research.
We often think of tech jobs as focused solely on the digital world, but technology plays a vital role across industries, from food production to manufacturing and, of course, digital. Automation engineers are responsible for the automation of production processes, in a bid to improve production quality and time, reduce waste and carbon emissions. In doing so, automation engineers have it within their reach to save large sums of money for their organizations.
There are undoubtedly a host of opportunities available in tech today, and it doesn’t look as though the growing need for tech talent is likely to slow down any time soon. If you are considering a career in tech but don’t know which route to take, it can help to talk to a tech recruiter, or even to consider taking on an internship in order to gain valuable experience before making your choice.