The demand for Information Technology (IT) professionals is skyrocketing. The global information technology market surpassed $5 trillion in 2021, and the biggest sector of the tech industry continues to be IT and business services, which means new IT jobs. In fact, over 100,000 jobs for experienced IT professionals remain unfilled in the US, including developer and engineering roles at all levels. But what are the most in-demand IT jobs of 2023?
The highest demand continues to be for coding professionals, machine learning and AI pros, and software engineers. Companies will continue to look for and compensate for the following roles.
In-Demand IT jobs
Software Developer: These professionals build software programs and applications through coding. Software engineers are also responsible for planning technical feature requirements, testing the features, and writing documentation.
Some jobs may also require candidates to have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a two-year associate degree with certifications. Bootcamp experience is also accepted.
The median salary as of 2021 is $120,730. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 26% growth in the software development field by 2031.
Database developer: Responsible for designing database systems based on user requirements, database developers are skilled at troubleshooting databases. They also develop, manage, and maintain new servers.
A database developer understands an organization’s information needs and creates a customized database program using SQL programming code. Typically, database developers have experience in NoSQL databases, Oracle Database, IBM, Microsoft, Hadoop, or other big data engines.
As of May 2021, BLS reports $120,730 as a median annual wage for software developers and Glassdoor reports a yearly salary of $105,719. The employment rate in this field is also expected to grow by 9 percent from 2031.
Data Scientist: As analytical data experts, data scientists deal with large amounts of data. They collect, analyze, and interpret data using machine learning and AI technologies. Data scientists also solve business-related problems using data-driven techniques.
They are proficient in programming languages like SAS, R, and Python. Other skills include statistics, calculus, linear algebra, coding, data visualization, and predictive modeling.
BLS reports an annual salary of $100,910 per year for Data Scientists. Employment in the field is expected to grow 36 percent from 2021 to 2031.
Artificial Intelligence Specialist/Machine Learning Engineer: These professionals use AI and ML algorithms to interpret data in a way that replicates how humans learn.
AI Specialists and Machine Learning Engineers also design and develop machine learning systems and run AI tests and experiments.
According to Indeed, the average base salary for a machine learning engineer is $157,382 as of June 2023.
Cloud engineer: These engineers are responsible for overseeing, identifying, and applying optimal cloud solutions for an organization. Cloud engineers are proficient in migrating existing applications to the cloud and securing the apps in the cloud.
An ideal candidate would hold certifications in one or many of the following: AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, Google Cloud Professional, and Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals.
As of June 14, 2023, Glassdoor reports an average salary of $141,765 for a Cloud Engineer in the United States.
To Sum Up
IT jobs are hot in today’s tech-driven world. With the advancements in AI and related technology, more demand is expected in Machine Learning, AI, and related fields.
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