2020 was a year of change and thrive for technology. Business leaders were forced to prioritize their strategies almost overnight to allow them to work in a completely remote environment. But, as employees’ way of working changed abruptly, so did consumer behavior and the way they were browsing and purchasing products. This has lead companies to find new strategies and tactics to reach their customers better, and thus, turning to technology, data, analytics, and change to expand.
As the world continues to move, the jobs in technology do too for companies to thrive in these new circumstances, and consumers to learn to adapt. These are seven of the top in-demand tech jobs for 2021 and more:
Cybersecurity is a top priority among CEOs and businesses, especially now that most companies have had to move most, if not all of their operations to a digital format. Recent studies show that cybercrime is expected to hit $6 trillion in 2021. This increase in crime is leading companies to invest in top cybersecurity talent to protect their business and their operations. Now that many companies are working in a hybrid mode – some from home, others in the office – many security issues have been caused by technical problems from people working remotely using their personal computers, or even company devices with a high volume of users. So, Cloud Security Architecture, Risk and Compliance, and Security Operations are only a few of the jobs to gain demand this year.
2. AI and Machine Learning
AI and Machine Learning are game-changers and are already revolutionizing industries with technologies that are quickly becoming a lifestyle for many. Companies are shifting their focus and finding their way into the field of automation, which will lead to increased demand for AI and Machine Learning Engineers in 2021. The projected growth rate for this field is high, and jobs are expected to be worth almost $31 billion by 2024. It will be interesting to see how far AI & Machine Learning go this year.
3. Cloud Solutions
Companies across all industries have adopted, or are currently migrating to cloud solutions to allow employees to work from home or the office. Research on companies’ cloud adoption plan shows that 82% of the 250 companies surveyed worldwide had moved and increased their use of cloud solutions in 2020.
Due to the abrupt change to remote work last year, migrations were made very quickly in order to allow work from home as soon as possible. Therefore, now, companies should take the time and hire top talented Cloud Engineers and Architects to make sure their systems are secure and optimized for the business.
DevOps has been demanded largely over the past few years, with companies now building a team of DevOps Engineers working with software production, and maintaining the quality in the software, looking for any inefficiencies that may arise. With other responsibilities as editing and configuring software. The importance of DevOps will remain in 2021, and will most likely increase, with jobs in demand like Reliability, Platform, and Build Engineers.
5. Software Development
2020 was a year of change, and for businesses to successfully transition into ever-shifting markets, companies need developers to create new products, tools, and services. Investing in both Backend and Frontend Developers will allow businesses to create well-rounded products and services that are user-friendly and efficient. Today, tech is the engine of organizations, so Software Developers will continue to be in-demand for a long time. Whether the company is a tech giant or a small business, technology is the driving force in their operations, especially now, that companies will be needing developers to solve any issues that may have resulted from the pandemic last year.
6. Data Science
Companies hire Data Scientists to analyze and interpret data to make more informed and smarter decisions. During the pandemic, people were forced to change their lifestyles and rely more on devices, which translates into companies having more data available. The more data companies have, the greater the team of Data Analysts and Scientists they need. Data Science will certainly be a hot field to be in 2021. These roles are increasing in demand in every industry, according to the World Economic Forum. Stay on the lookout for more Data roles to come in the year.
7. Change Management
Most in-demand jobs for the near future are due to the need to adapt and change along with the world as a result of the pandemic. It will be critical for companies to effectively manage change to thrive in 2021. Therefore, jobs like Change Management and Change Facilitation will increase in demand to make change work smoothly and progressively. People with agile methodologies are going to be essential this year to succeed and make all this change as productive as possible.
The world is changing constantly, and with change comes a need to prioritize technologies to thrive in the new era of work, and it has become essential for companies to be equipped with the necessary areas. Jobs that have become crucial this year are here to stay and to grow in demand for 2021 and beyond.
Don’t forget that aside from technical skills, employers are also looking for unique competencies in their candidates, check out The Top 7 Future Soft Skills for 2021
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