2020 is here, and the IT job market will continue to boom in the new year as computer and digital-related jobs become more important than ever before. According to LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Jobs Report, the number of artificial intelligence (AI) and data science roles continues to increase across nearly every industry.
Additionally, many jobs related to engineering or development make up more than 50% of 2020’s list. There’s an emerging field of robotics appearing for the first time, while the blockchain developer role was dropped from the list, which indicates the fluctuating popularity of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Notably, the report’s top 15 jobs that have emerged over the last five years are mostly from the IT field:
Artificial intelligence specialist
AI and machine learning (ML) are becoming so central to the ongoing tech revolution that they have both become synonymous with modern technology and innovation.
As more organizations realize that the field of AI is increasingly demonstrating the benefits of intelligent systems, more roles in line with both AI and ML are opening up. In fact, the hiring growth for the AI specialist role has grown 74% annually in the past four years.
Data scientists have enabled companies to use historical data to train machines to perform repetitive tasks, simplifying the arduous jobs undertaken by humans before. The data scientist role is so crucial in today’s business environment that demand for it has shown an annual 37% increase across all industries.
Technical professionals with robotics expertise are in demand today with a hiring growth of 40% annually for the past four years. The robotics engineer job ranges from those with software and hardware roles to those working on both physical and virtual bots.
Full stack engineer
The rapid change in technology has made full stack developers a valuable asset to organizations. The role saw a hiring growth of 35% every year since 2015.
Tech entrepreneurs usually hire a full stack developer for the critical minimum viable product (MVP) stage when building a website or API application. Because a full stack developer can execute agile projects with skill and proficiency, many companies want to invest in their years of experience to attain the best product. Full stack developers can also double up as technical heads because they have a detailed understanding of the project.
With cybersecurity on the top of every company’s priorities, hiring cybersecurity specialists is projected to be one of the fastest growing areas of IT investment in 2020. Cybersecurity specialists keep information systems secure primarily against cybercrime, including phishing, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, ransomware, etc.
The significance of this role is likely to continue as the number of reported data breaches have increased by more than 54% in 2019.
Cloud computing changed the game for many companies relying on traditional on-site servers. Each year, the cloud becomes more essential to every business’s operations and IT platforms as it offers scalability, cost-efficiency, data security, and more.
As more companies adopt an integrated strategy of using existing on-premise systems with cloud platforms, cloud engineers will continue to be in demand for the long term across the country in all industries.
Site reliability engineer (SRE)
SREs are responsible for ensuring that development and operational processes are running smoothly. They collaborate closely with product developers to make sure that the designed solution responds to non-functional requirements such as availability, performance, security, and maintainability.
In addition, the skills of an SRE can be utilized in other engineering roles like cloud engineer or full stack developer.
Behavioral health technician
There’s a 32% annual increase in demand for healthcare professionals in technology today. Since there’s also an increase in health insurance coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatments, more behavioral health technicians who specialize in working with patients who have autism and behavioral disorders are in need.
Becoming a behavioral health technician requires a candidate to go through various stages, as institutions have developed standards for specific credentials. However, training for the role doesn’t require a specific degree, which provides an opportunity for professionals from all backgrounds to join this emerging field.
Given the trends in cybersecurity and digital transformation today, there are plenty of fields that need skilled IT professionals. If you have a clear understanding of how technology is leveraged to improve business processes and are contemplating your career, head over to Athens Micro and join our team of thriving technology experts.