Since the labor force is rapidly transforming and the World Economic Forum predicts a net loss of 5 million jobs by 2020, it’s probably a good idea for each one of us to contemplate our professional goals.
With the potential of big data to change the way every company—regardless of industry—operates, tech and data jobs are exploding; in fact, the forecast calls for fantastic growth estimated to be 12% into 2024 for tech jobs as compared to growth projected to average 6.5% for other jobs.
Here are a few of the job titles that top lists of the most in-demand tech and data jobs for 2018.
Data scientists still hold the top spot on Glassdoor’s 50 Best Jobs in America list and it’s not only because of the attractive $100,000 median base salary. While the field is still somewhat in flux, generally data scientists gather, process and analyze data and work with a team and data analytics programs to extract meaning from the data. Boosting the position’s stature is the fact that data scientists earned 4.4 out of 5 on job satisfactionand companies need people who can help them manage, store and analyze their data to turn it into a valuable business asset therefore data scientists are in high demand.
Business Intelligence Analyst (BIA)
These professionals, as either a consultant or full-time employee, use data to inform their recommendations to companies and help guide decisions based on the market or trends. Heavily reliant on trends, business intelligence analysts are always combing through data to identify new opportunities for companies and articulating the business meaning of the data results to stakeholders. On average, BIAs make between $70-90,000 annually.
As the job title suggests, a database developer is focused on improving databases, creating new applications for databases or modifying legacy applications to work with a database setup. There’s a lot of innovation right now in the design of database systems to be able to handle raw and unorganized data, so this position is perfect for those who are motivated by challenges. The average annual salary for a database developer is about $90K according to Glassdoor.
Typically with a degree in computer science or info tech, this professional sets up databases and then maintains and secures them. This position also continues to be in high demand and with a median salary of $80,000 annually, it’s a good career move for many.
Data engineers make the work of many other tech professionals possible because they design and build programs that create large data sets. It’s those data sets that data scientists analyze and BIAs build business use cases from. On average, they make about $80K annually.
Data Analytics Manager
Increasingly, companies are learning to rely on data analytics managers to make sense of the data and communicate to the rest of the team how businesses should respond to the insights the data provides. The person in this role must have a solid skillset that includes an analytics and business background as well as managerial skills. Data analytics managers should expect to make six figures annually.
Data Security Administrator
Any organization dealing with large amounts of data needs to be sure they keep that data secure and that’s precisely the responsibility of the data security administrator. They define network security requirements, ensure all security measures are updated and are responsible for implementing security strategies. The average annual salary is $79k.
With just a quick glance of the top jobs in all sectors, it’s not hard to realize how powerful tech and data is in the workplaces of the future. Professionals need to gain skills and adapt to this new reality and companies need to be aware of which positions are in high demand, how these professionals can impact their business and the salary expectations tech professionals have. Whether you’re making a career change in the new year or want to enhance your skills, you can’t go wrong with these top tech and data jobs for 2018.
Bernard Marr is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, and advisor to companies and governments. He has worked with and advised many of the world's best-known organisations. LinkedIn has recently ranked Bernard as one of the top 10 Business Influencers in the world (in fact, No 5 - just behind Bill Gates and Richard Branson). He writes on the topics of intelligent business performance for various publications including Forbes, HuffPost, and LinkedIn Pulse. His blogs and SlideShare presentation have millions of readers.