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Are you thinking of switching your career in the coming years? Or are you willing to work but unable to find a job?
Perhaps, you have been looking in the wrong places.
Technology is one sector that creates plenty of job opportunities. The technology sector was ranked 6th in job creation since 2010, and the year 2018 saw 3.7 million job postings for the tech sector, with nearly 400,000 postings occurring in emerging tech areas.
If you feel you are unqualified for a tech job since you don’t come from that background, think twice. Technical expertise is something that you can learn. And there are courses out there which you can take in order to master a specific skill.
According to a 2017 GISW study, reportedly, 33% of cybersecurity executives entered the industry via non-technical careers. So, a sure way to find employment in the modern day is to try the tech industry.
Here is a list of domains in the tech sector that offer plenty of job opportunities:
1. Cybersecurity Domain
As long as you have the skills, the cybersecurity domain can offer you a job any day. Reports have it that there are in excess of 300,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. alone, and unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide will reach 3.5 million by 2021.
Hackers are constantly trying to find means to stay ahead of the latest security measures. And it looks like they are succeeding.
As per Clark School’s study made at the University of Maryland, there is a hacker attack every 39 seconds on average, and it affects one in three Americans every year. And there are reports claiming that more than 100,000 websites are hacked every day.
Also, as per the ‘Cybercrime Report’ by the editors at Cybersecurity Ventures, damages caused by cybercrime are anticipated to cost the world $6 trillion yearly by 2021.
The need for cybersecurity experts in both the public sector and private industry is on the rise. Choose this career path if you wish to land a job quickly.
2. AI Domain
If you look at the reports provided by techjury, on average, internet users generate 2.5 quintillion bytes of data daily, and by 2020, every person will generate 1.7 megabytes in one second. What becomes of all the data generated? Businesses, entrepreneurs, and organizations collect them and use it for different purposes. For instance, in e-commerce, it is used to gain insight of the customers, make personalized product recommendations, determine customer behavior and shopping patterns; in the healthcare sector, it is used to optimize administrative costs, increase patient outcomes, and prevent fraud among others.
Almost all industry is incorporating AI in their business strategy. As per reports, 97.2% of organizations are investing in big data and AI, and the big data analytics market is set to reach $103 billion by 2023. Also, over 63% of marketers reported they had increased their spending on data-driven marketing, and approximately 20% of all marketing spend goes on data-driven advertising campaigns.
To collect all the data and analyze them, data analysts and scientists are required, thus creating plenty of job opportunities for those skilled. Indeed.com’s job trend graph shown below is another proof that there is an increase in the number of job opportunities in the AI sector.
3. Cloud Computing
As per the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information technology occupations is expected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. It is expected that these occupations will add about 546,200 new jobs. And the demand for these workers will grow from giving more importance to cloud computing, gathering and storing big data, and information security.
The infographic provided by CloudAcademy proves that there is an increasing demand for skilled cloud professionals.
A search on Indeed revealed that there are in excess of 25,000 unfilled positions in the U.S. that are related to AWS alone. And to increase the chance of getting hired, you can always join a certification course.
4. Software Developer
As per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the software development sector is predicted to grow much faster than other occupations at 21 percent, and it means the sector will create about 222,600 new jobs by the year 2022. There is plenty of opportunity for the right person.
If you are creative and have computer savvy, there is no harm in becoming a software developer. Every industry is looking for professionals to design and program the computer applications they use each day. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cited that the demand for applications software developers will increase as a result of the need for new applications on smartphones and tablets.
For instance, the health and medical insurance industry requires innovative software to manage new healthcare policy enrollments.
Also, threats posed by hackers to computer security can result in businesses and organizations investing in security software to safeguard computer networks and electronic infrastructure.
You need to have strong programming skills in a variety of computer languages to become a software developer. And becoming certified will help you land a job faster too.
The tech sector offers plenty of opportunities to get employed. In fact, there is a huge gap between demand and supply in many tech domains, most evidently, the cybersecurity domain.
The demand for professionals is more while there are less skilled people fit to take up the roles. If you are planning to switch your career or land a job for the first time, consider the different domains discussed above. They are among the most trending domains with a great scope. People will always need cybersecurity experts, data analysts, cloud professionals, and skilled software developers.
If necessary, take up a course and get certified. It will definitely give you a competitive edge and help you get hired faster.
Also, it is vital that you have good communication skills and analytical skills as these are skills that most employers look for in a potential employee apart from his/her tech skills.