The world of IT and Technology is constantly evolving along with the popularity and demand for different technology functions is always changing. According to research from US News
Below are the top 10 tech skills for 2018 that a lot of employers will be looking for.
Software developers are in high demand right now. They're employed in a range of industries, including computer systems design, manufacturing and finance. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects more than 30 percent employment growth for software developers between 2016 and 2026, which is much faster than average for all occupations. In that period, an estimated 253,400 jobs will open up.
Information Security Analyst
The U.S. government, health care organizations, financial systems and other companies are growing more reliant on information security analysts to protect their information systems against hackers and cyber attacks. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects positions in this profession to proliferate at a rate of more than 28 percent between 2016 and 2026, resulting in 28,400 new jobs for information security analysts
While the highest-profile jobs are in computer systems design, almost all organizations need IT managers, especially financial and insurance companies, manufacturing firms and federal, state and local governments. The rapidly growing health care industry is also expected to greatly increase its IT use, resulting in newly created positions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts strong employment growth of 12 percent and an estimated 43,800 new positions to be filled between 2016 and 2026. The chief drivers of this growth will be organizations upgrading their information technology systems to newer, faster networks and striving to avoid cyber threats.
Computer System Analyst
Many analysts work for computer systems design firms, but they're also employed by a host of industries that range from science to health care to banking and finance. Demand for computer systems analysts should grow at a steady pace this decade since businesses and organizations are increasingly reliant on information technology. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 9 percent employment growth for computer system analysts between 2016 and 2026, which is as fast as the average of all occupations. During that time period, about 53,000 new jobs should open up.
Computer Network Architect
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the computer network architecture profession is growing at a rate of 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, which should result in 10,400 new jobs for computer network architects. As companies and firms expand their IT networks, they'll increasingly rely on these professionals to build new networks and upgrade existing ones. The popularity of cloud computing is also expected to drive the need for more computer network architects.
Computer Network Administrator
As its low unemployment rate indicates, this is an in-demand profession that's expected to grow as employers invest in new technology and faster mobile networks. More administrators will also be needed to implement upgraded security measures to protect workplace computer systems. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment growth of 6 percent between 2016 and 2026, which should lead to approximately 23,900 new positions over this period.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 11 percent employment growth for database administrators by 2026, which means that 13,700 new jobs will need to be filled by then.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects about 13 percent employment growth for web developers by 2026. During that period, about 21,300 new jobs will need to be filled in an industry that already has roughly 162,900 positions. The expansion of e-commerce is expected to be the main driver of web developer job growth in the next decade. As more companies offer or expand their online retail presence, more web developers will be needed to build the websites that consumers visit to purchase their favorite products. Increased reliance on mobile search is another reason the industry’s employment growth should remain strong.
Computer Support Specialist
As organizations upgrade outdated hardware, software and network equipment and require more experienced, knowledgeable professionals to respond to questions from users, computer support specialists will remain an in-demand job. The one blemish on this industry's job outlook: The recent rise in cloud computing could increase computer support specialists' productivity, therefore reducing the number of employees that organizations need to employ. Even so, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 10 percent employment growth for computer support specialists between 2016 and 2026, which is faster than the average of all occupations.
Between 2016 and 2026, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for the industry, which was at 294,900 professionals in 2016, to decline 8 percent, which should result in a loss of 22,600 jobs. Many jobs in this profession are being outsourced to other countries where pay is lower, saving companies money.