Is technology a field that holds a lot of interest for you? If so, you aren’t alone as plenty of people are intrigued by any career that involves technology. Let’s face it, technology is the future so embracing it can help to ensure you’ll have options and be successful in the immediate and long-term. But which career is right for you? Where should you put your focus and energy so that you make a decision that you feel happy, inspired, and challenged by?
Here’s a look at six tech careers that are in high demand right now. Perhaps one of these will speak to you and end up being the perfect path.
Information Security Analyst
This first career will probably come as no surprise, as cyber security has become a huge topic in the past decade. As businesses rely more and more on a digital landscape, with many of them moving to a paperless world, it, unfortunately, opens up the door to cyber threats, hackers, and cybercriminals. And don’t be fooled into thinking these data breaches only happen to huge multinational companies. That is no longer the case, as any company, of any size and in any industry can be a target now.
In this job, you will upgrade, install, analyze, monitor, and manage a company’s digital security system and all it entails. Depending on the size and scope of the company, this can be a solo job, or you may be working with an entire team of information security analysts. You need to be on top of all the latest threats, security software, network vulnerabilities, and more. It can be a very exciting and interesting job as the landscape of cyber threats is always changing.
This field is expected to grow by an unbelievable 33% by 2030 according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). As for the median pay, it was $103,590 as of 2020.
Computer Research Scientist
A tech job that is not only in high demand this year but is showing a lot of growth over the next decade is a computer research scientist. Available jobs in this career are expected to grow by 22% by 2030 according to the BLS. That is well above the overall job growth average of the country, giving people plenty of reasons to look into this possibility.
When working in this career, you’ll be creating new ways to use technology while also solving all kinds of highly complex issues. You can work in the medical, science, or business field just to name a few. The median pay is quite impressive at $126,830 as of 2020. An online master’s in data science from a notable school like Baylor University is a great way to set yourself up for success in this career path.
Then we have web developers. This isn’t a new career as web developers have been playing a huge role in terms of tech positions for quite some time now. As a web developer, your core responsibility will be to develop any web-based applications that will fit your client’s or your company’s needs. The job is coding heavy so not only do you need a strong understanding of a variety of programming languages, but it needs to be something that you find interesting. Google Chrome is one of the most popular and trusted web browsers, but it’s not without its flaws. There are some common problems you may encounter while using it, including the ‘ERR_CACHE_MISS’ error message. Most people do not know how to fix err_cache_miss. At that point, you can disable browser extensions.
Another aspect that is important in this job is communication skills. You need excellent listening, speaking, and writing skills so you can understand what your client wants and how to communicate your progress and development details to them. Just because you are highly versed in computer coding and programming, it doesn’t mean your client is at that level of understanding.
This career is expected to grow by 13%, which is lower than the other two positions but still higher than the national job growth average. The median pay is $77,200.
Not every company can use pre-made software and expect that it will fulfill all its needs. This is why software developers exist. They can design and develop customized software that can be installed for the company. Software developers will also be leading the testing and maintenance of the software systems, which is important to keep processes running smoothly.
Some of the core experience and skills that employers will look for in a software developer include communication skills, technical skills, analytical skills, and a person who is well-versed in many programming languages. The field will enjoy a 22% growth in the next decade, according to BLS, and the median salary is $110,140.
Another interesting option is an AI (artificial intelligence) architect. This job is a direct reflection of how technology has impacted people and is changing the future. The fact is that we are only scratching the surface of what AI is capable of. A career in this field will offer promise and lots of new developments.
To excel in this field, you need a strong grasp of statistics and math skills. These skills will play into almost every task you take on. Some of the concepts, skills, and experience you need will include AI application programming, AI integration, change management, machine learning, and natural language processing.
Watch for this career to continue to be a huge force moving forward, especially considering the fact so many industries are now starting to see how AI technology can benefit them.
IT Project Manager
Then we have IT project managers whose job is to oversee the development of projects from a technical standpoint. You will need to have excellent critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, an eye for detail, the ability to multi-task, and exceptional organizational skills. For the right person, this can be a very rewarding and exciting job path.
Because this is a management position, employers also look for candidates who can be strong leaders.
Saying that you want a career in tech is a broad statement because, in reality, there are so many intriguing paths you can explore. These are just a few of the jobs that will be huge in 2022 and the near future.