It’s the time of the year when we pause to take stock of how things went this year and how we want to modify our paths for the new year. For many people, their career and how it might evolve or new ways of making a living are of primary importance in this assessment. 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, a US Bureau of Labor Statistics forecast calls for fantastic growth, estimated at 12.5 percent into 2024 for tech jobs, compared with growth projected to average 6.5 percent for the total of all 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. Data scientists 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 satisfaction ratings in Glassdoor’s report and that 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, BIAs 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 $70,000 and $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 $90,000 according to Glassdoor.
Typically with a degree in computer science or information technology, this professional sets up databases and then maintains and secures them. This position also continues to be in high demand, and a median salary of $80,000 annually makes this position 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 datasets. Data scientists analyze these datasets, and BIAs build business use cases from them. On average, data engineers make about $80,000 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 that it keeps that data secure, and that’s precisely the responsibility of the data security administrator. Data security administrators are responsible for defining network security requirements, ensuring all security measures are updated and implementing security strategies. The average annual salary of a data security administrator is $79,000.
With just a quick glance of the top jobs in all sectors, it’s not hard to realize how powerful tech and data are 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.
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