The year 2017 was full of ups and downs. Whether you’re a job seeker or a hiring manager, you’re no doubt wondering what 2018 has in store for you.
The IT industry looks to continue its strong growth over the course of the next 12 months. In turn, many companies will be looking to hire a wide variety of IT professionals. Here are a few of the in-demand job titles you can expect to see over and over again in the new year.
1. Software Developers
Software developers come in a couple of different categories. First, you have those who build applications and databases. On the other hand, you also have developers who are more systems-focused and design the platforms that computers, smartphones, and tablets run on.
Both are in high demand and expected to see job growth around 12 percent or so until 2021. If you’re looking for a job in this area of the IT industry, it’s good news for you. Hiring managers will need to be sure they’re offering competitive compensation to secure the best talent.
2. Information Security Analyst
Data security is looming large on the minds of many as the calendar turns over to 2018. The last quarter of 2017 was full of security concerns such as the Equifax hack and the Uber hacking scandal. Stories like these brought security back to the forefront of the conversation.
The IT industry as a whole knows the importance of security but has also often let security slide. As new concerns arise, however, everyone has become much more focused on tightening up security.
Enter the information security analyst. These IT professionals analyze security systems and protocols. They make recommendations about how to improve. If you have a background in security, this could be a job for you. Hiring managers working for companies with security as a top priority will want to engage the best talent in this area.
3. Web Developers
If software developers are in demand, web developers are as well. As the web continues to evolve, so do the languages used to build the various sites and applications people use. Web developers could be building a new online portal or interactive module for a big bank, or creating a splashy new website for a new startup.
Whatever the case, everyone knows they need a web presence and it needs to be good. Many web developers are now using AngularJS to build a new generation of interactive websites for their clients and employers.
As more companies look to overhaul their websites and modernize them, you can expect web developers to remain in demand. Those with this skill set can expect they’ll be some of the most sought-after professionals in the IT industry.
4. Database Administrator
Although the term Big Data is slowly falling out of use, the ideas behind it are still pervasive. Technology enables more data collection than ever before. While artificial intelligence and machine learning are making leaps and bounds in teaching machines how to analyze data, people are still needed to assist with handling all of the information companies in the IT industry are collecting.
Database administrators are some of those people. They’ll be in demand for the foreseeable future. These IT professionals help build, design, and run databases so companies can effectively leverage the data they’re collecting.
5. Mobile App Developers
Mobile is a big part of today’s world. More and more people are shopping, working, and playing on their mobile devices. Mobile app development is one of the fastest-growing segments of the IT industry for this reason.
As more companies in other industry sectors realize their need for great mobile apps, you can expect more mobile app developers to be needed. The outlook for this job title is positive for the next little while. If you have the skills, you could land your dream job in 2018.