Why these 5 tech jobs will take off in 2017

As 2016 comes to a close, now is as good a time as any to start applying for that new tech job. And the tech industry continues to heat up, but what will be the most in-demand tech jobs and skills in the upcoming year?

To answer the question, tech writer and recruitment consultant Anthony Coggine recently published “Top 5 Most In-Demand, Highest-Paying Tech Jobs in 2017”

He predicts data scientist, database administrator, Swift programmer, Ruby on Rails developer and IT manager jobs will be the most abundant and highest paying tech jobs in the coming year.

“The jobs on the list were in no particular order,” Coggine says“but are based on a few criteria such as salary, industry demand on several studies and reports from a job website and an internal interview with 200 respondents.”

Let’s take a closer look at the jobs on Coggine’s list, and why he landed on some of his predictors for the year 2017.

Data is bigger than ever

It makes sense that two jobs with “data” in the title—typically jobs that require experience with data analysis and data mining—made Coggine’s list. Such jobs have increased 39% between Jan. 1, 2014, and Oct. 1, 2016

Code is still king

Swift is becoming a rapidly in-demand skill, Coggine says, and for good reasons. First of all, it’s the official programming language for all Apple products. Second, Swift is a young programming language, only released in 2014, but it’s seen explosive growth. Requests for Swift projects rose 600% in 2015.

Even if the word Swift isn’t in the job title, most iOS developer job postings will be requiring Swift experience. Pro tip: Learn swift.

It’s estimated that more than 1.2 million websites use Ruby on Rails, including Airbnb, GitHub, Hulu, Groupon and Kickstarter. Since Ruby on Rails is user-friendly and flexible, it’s likely that demand for experience with this programming language could only grow.

More tech means more IT managers, a lot more

Up until now, all the jobs on Coggine’s list have to do with development and programming. IT managers make Coggine’s list for a slightly different reason than any given company’s need for programming.

Primarily a support function, IT managers are in high demand because “companies are still not 100% tech-savvy,” Coggine writes.

We don’t need data for this one, just ask yourself: How many times have you put in a request to your IT person this month? Exactly.

In order to land one of these coveted gigs in 2017, Coggine offers some practical advice that applies to any job seeker, in tech or not.
It’s important to “be flexible, agile and constantly expanding your skillset,” “This will allow the younger workforce to fully make the most of the opportunities available and those that will arise.”

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