Fastest Growing Jobs & Careers in Technology
Technology is one of the most universal forces in today’s society. Employment numbers are strong within the industry and are expected to be one of the fastest-growing fields between 2012 and 2022, projected to increase by more than 15.6 million.1 Some IT occupations are growing at a faster pace than others. The six fastest-growing IT jobs through 2020 include:
1. Computer systems analyst. These experts identify the most efficient ways to manage computer systems.
Career Example: Matching technology to users' needs at a university, monitoring, testing and troubleshooting the system.
Demand: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics counts 520,600 computer systems analyst jobs in 2012.1
Salary: Varies by type of employer and industry, with annual salaries ranging from $49,950 to more than $122,090 in 2012.2
Projected growth through 2022: The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 25% increase in employment (127,700 jobs) from 2012-2022.3
Degree: While systems analysts often have a degree in a computer-related field, many also take some business courses or earn their MBA so they can help companies make better business decisions.4
Skills needed: Tailoring an existing computer system to an organization’s current needs, configuring hardware and software, installing and testing new computer systems, training co-workers to use a system and writing technology manuals.5
2. Database administrator. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, , this position is in high demand and firms sometimes have difficulty finding qualified workers— those with the skills to maintain database software are in a strong position.6
Career Example: Developing programs and reports to support accounting applications and systems.
Demand: There were 118,700 jobs in 2012.7
Salary: Median annual pay in 2012 was $77,080.8
Projected growth through 2022: Employment is expected to grow 15% by 2022, much faster than average for all occupations.9 That means 17,900 new jobs.10
Degree: Employers usually require a bachelor’s degree in information systems or a computer related field.11
Skills needed: Execute data backup and maintain the integrity and security of digital information.12
3. Software developer. Developers are in tremendous demand. Niches of web development like mobile and cloud computing are growing.
Career Example: Designing the back end of a website that mines “big data” in healthcare.
Demand: There were 1,018,000 jobs in 2012.13
Salary: Median pay in 2012 was $90,060.14
Projected growth: 22% growth (222,600 new jobs) through 2022. 15
Degree: A bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related discipline is typically required.16
Skills needed: Maintain, improve and test software, operating systems and user interfaces. 17 Experts in this technology career write computer programs that power everything from video games to accounting software.18
4. Web developer. Skilled in designing and maintaining websites, web developers are needed by a myriad of companies and organizations.
Career Example: Harnessing a passion for technology to create next generation of search software.
Demand: There were 141,400 jobs for web developers in 2012.19
Salary: Median pay in 2012 was $62,500.20
Projected growth through 2022: A 20% jump in employment (169,900 new jobs) is projected from 2012 to 2022.21
Degree: Web developers typically need a bachelor’s degree in computer science or programming.22
Skills needed: Programming skills to create the underlying technology for a web site paired with the ability to pinpoint and fix bugs, maintain and update a site, and test applications.
5. Computer programmer. While programmers face competition from lower paid counterparts overseas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects growth in employment where the cost of living and wages are lower.23
Career Example: Writes, rewrites, debugs, maintains and tests software and programs for networking sites.
Demand: There were 343,700 jobs for computer programmers in 2012.24
Salary: The median pay in 2012 was $74,280 per year.25
Projected growth through 2022: 8% growth (28,400 jobs)26
Degree: Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a similar field.27
Skills needed: Writing code and translating programs created by software developers and engineers into rules that a computer can follow.28
6. Information Security Analyst. These analyst’s protect an organizations’ computer data, networks and systems in various measures. Monitoring for security breaches is a critical part of the job and as the number of cyber-attacks increases, responsibilities are continually expanding in their field.30
Career Example: Conduct a diffusion test, or simulate an attack to test for vulnerabilities in the system.
Demand: The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 37% (27,400 jobs) increase in this occupation due to the growth of data needed across all sectors of the economy. 30
Salary: Median pay was $86,170 in 201230
Projected growth through 2022: 37% (Much faster than average)30
Degree: It’s recommended that ISA’s have at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, programming, or a related field. Information security programmers are seen as a common path to entry for this occupation. A well-rounded computer education is usually preferred. 31
Skills needed: Monitoring networks for security breaches and investigating violations when they occur, installing new software such as encryption programs and firewalls and documenting security breaches with detailed reports.32
Today’s top six fastest growing tech jobs can provide various opportunities within the field and open doors to many possibilities. Get your career in technology started today and pursue your passion by learning more at DeVry University.