If you would have asked someone to ‘Google’ something twenty years ago, it is likely that they would have had absolutely no idea what you were talking about.  Technology has exploded within a short time, making ‘going digital’ the hot, new business mantra. With paper pushing being out and digital being in, it stands to reason that you may be wondering how your IT career is impacted by this technological shift.

As companies undertake digital transformation, the demand for tech positions will rise exponentially, culminating in what the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects will be a 1.4 million deficit in IT jobs by 2020. The market is steadily expanding as innovation spurs intense competition between companies, resulting in an overlap between industries that creates demand for positions that utilize both tech and business skills.  CompTIA Chief Technology Evangelist, James Stranger told ZDNet that “we’re going to see a lot of defined job roles either being radically redefined, or even just go away.  I think an IT skill set will remain valuable, but it has to be in regards to business. Too long, those things have been kept in silos.”  While some in-demand roles, such as full-stack developer, will continue to heavily grow over the next few years, IT will see a major role shift by 2020 to include advanced technology positions involving artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and augmented and virtual reality.  

To help you stay ahead of the curve, we have put together a list of some of the up-and-coming, high demand IT Jobs.

 

  • Computer Vision Engineer

Computer vision engineering is an interdisciplinary scientific field dealing with how computers derive high-level understanding from digital images or videos.   At its core, it is the theory behind artificial systems that pull information from visual images. According to Indeed data, the demand for computer vision engineers has steadily grown since 2013.  The IDC posits that augmented and virtual reality spending will experience accelerated growth from 64.5% in 2019 to more than 80% in 2022.  Coupled with the rise of automated, “self-driving” vehicles, there is an immense amount of growth directly tied to the demand for computer vision engineers, making it a position worth exploring.

 

  • Machine Learning Engineer

Machine Learning Engineers are advanced programmers who develop artificially intelligent machines that can learn information and utilize it to accurately accomplish new, unseen tasks without instructions.  Algorithms built upon sample data, known as “training data”, are utilized to allow the subject to make predictions or decisions, sans any explicit programming. Raj Mukherjee, senior vice president of product at Indeed, said that he sees “every company becoming an AI company; and as that happens, AI will be become a top investment area for any tech department.”  As a result, he postulates that “machine learning engineers are going to be very high in demand.”

 

  • Business Intelligence (BI) Analyst

Through the analysis of internal systems, competitor data, and industry trends, business intelligence analysts assess where a company ranks within the industry and implement plans for growth and cost cutting.  Recently, Zion Market Research found that the revenue in the business intelligence market is projected to nearly double, from $16.33 billion in 2015 to $26.50 billion by 2021.  In the information age, BI has the propensity to boost brand awareness, organizational efficiency, and internal engagement, resulting in increased profitability.  Given the market growth and the BI benefits, it is unsurprising that demand for Business Intelligence Analysts is greater than the available workforce supply, resulting in what Forbes predicts will be a shortfall of 1.5 million professionals.  This may be bad for employers, but it is certainly a benefit for job seekers.

 

  • DevOps Lead

These days there seems to be an app for everything.  As more app developers and business analysts are hired, Development to Operations, or “DevOps”, teams are needed to bridge the gap between the groups, overseeing and coordinating the workflow.  Every company wants its engineering department to run efficiently and effectively because it often is one of the largest cost generators. DevOps play a vital role in pushing timely progression, ensuring that the software is expeditiously delivered to increase profitability.  Given the impact that DevOps has on a business’ bottom line, it is unsurprising that its market size is projected to increase by over 300% from 2018 to 2025.      

 

  • Security Analyst

Cybersecurity professionals are currently in high demand, and this trend will continue with the growth of sophisticated attacks.  However, as the threats metamorphize, the need for technologies that can fight them in advance becomes crucial. James Stanger predicts that the role of security analysts will evolve to include more advanced data and AI skills.  He thinks that “security will remain very, very important, and we’re seeing changes from a reactive security model to a proactive one. You’re going to see more of a threat-hunting, artificial intelligence-enhanced model.”

 

  • App Developer

There is an app for that!  It is likely that you have heard something to this effect as applications have become a necessity in the ever growing, digital world.  Apps allow companies to enhance direct marketing and also to stand out from competitors. App developers will be in high demand in 2020 because they bridge the gap between technological capability and business needs.  Andrew Bartels, Vice President of Forrester, believes that, like many other IT careers, the role may transition from simply coding to a position where the developer becomes the person who identifies a need, designs what the code will look like, and then farms out the actual coding to another party.