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Top 10 Emerging Careers in Information Technology

by Emily Gorsky

In just the last decade, information technology has become one of the fastest growing industries in the world. In fact, according to research, Australia’s information technology industry has grown by over 20% in 2018 alone. As more companies turn to digital means of doing business, the demand for information technology roles will only continue to increase.

If you’re interested in IT, now is the time to start learning the skills you need for a successful career in this fast-growing sector. Here are 10 emerging careers in information technology which are experiencing the fastest growth and highest demand in the industry:

  • 1.      Cyber Security Engineer

As new technologies emerge, so do the number of security threats online. Organisations are spending more and more time hiring employees to be their line of defence when it comes to keeping their data secure. A cyber security engineer is employed by organisations to protect computer and networking systems from cyber-attacks and hackers. According to a report by CSO, Australia only has 7% of the cyber security expertise that it needs, and as a result, the average salaries for cybersecurity professionals have gone from $117,000, all the way up to $239,000 annually.

  • 2.      Database Administrator

A database administrator is responsible for ensuring that data analysts and other company users can seamlessly use databases to find content as required. The role typically includes capacity planning, installation, migration, security, troubleshooting and a list of other responsibilities.

The demand for database administrators (DBAs) is ever-increasing, with employment projected to grow 11% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth in this occupation will be driven by the increased data needs of companies across the economy and the shift towards using software that utilises AI technology.

  • 3.      AI/Machine Learning Engineer

These engineers develop AI (artificial intelligence) machines and systems that have the ability to learn and utilise existing knowledge. AI is a technology sector that is seeing rapid growth, and will soon become a top investment for many companies. AI is projected to create 2.3 million jobs by 2020, so it is safe to assume that machine learning will remain an in-demand skill for the foreseeable future.

  • 4.      Software and Applications Developer

App developers are responsible for using programming languages and code to develop software that helps users complete specific tasks. As user experience becomes an important focus for both end users and vendors, software and app developers will be in huge demand by 2020 (and beyond). According to Job Outlook, the number of Software and Applications Programmers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow even more over the next 5 years.

  • 5.      Cloud Engineer

In the past, companies would typically store their data in large physical databases or even hire database firms, but today, they are turning to cloud storage as a low-cost and effective means of storing data. This is where cloud engineers come in. In years to come, cloud engineers will be in higher demand, especially as companies seek a hybrid approach to storing in the cloud as well as in-house databases. A cloud engineer is tasked with all aspects of cloud computing, including management, maintenance, design, and planning.

  • 6.      Network Analyst

A network analyst is typically responsible for the installation and maintenance of all network components within a company. However, as companies begin utilising the Internet of Things (IoT) and AI, network analysts will benefit from having a good understanding of how these technologies work and how they fit within the company network. A good (or bad) network can make or break daily business efforts and efficiency, thus resulting in high demand for network analysts. Data from Job Outlook reveals that the number of Computer Network Professionals is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years: from 31,600 in 2018 to 35,200 by 2023 (an increase of 3,600).

  • 7.      Business Intelligence Analyst

Business intelligence analysts are tasked with collecting data from numerous sources (such as internal software, competitor information, industry trends etc.) in order to get an idea of where the company stands in comparison to other companies and what efforts can be made to cut costs while growing the business. While this may not sound like an information technology job, it is indeed a key role in the industry. Business intelligence analysts often work directly with app developers to create more streamlined software that benefit the company while cutting costs. The job market for business intelligence analysts is expected to grow by 21% from 2014 to 2024, according to U.S data.

  • 8.      Computer Vision Engineer

According to many leading career sites such as Indeed and Glassdoor, the demand for computer vision engineers has seen steady growth in recent years. However, as AR and VR continue to grow in investments and utilisation, there will be a massive demand for computer vision engineers. These engineers are responsible for building and improving upon computer vision and machine learning algorithms to detect and track objects.

  • 9.      IT Manager

As the breadth of technology used within an organisation grows, the demand for IT managers is expected to fall in line with this growth in upcoming years. IT managers serve as a bridge between business development needs and technical expertise. Simply put, an IT manager is tasked with understanding what a business needs for growth and coming up with ideas for how technology can satisfy those needs. As a cross-functional role, IT managers would benefit from having a background in both IT as well as business operations.

  1. 10.  Web Developer

Company website functionality and design continues to be extremely important to business success, and web developers remain in very high demand. A web developer is responsible for every aspect of a company’s website, including the performance, design, and other technical aspects.

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