7 Hottest Jobs in HIT

June 6, 2017

It’s June and we’re halfway through 2017. What are the hottest IT jobs for the remainder of this year and years to come? Below are snippets of Paul Heltzel’s article originally printed in CIO Magazine. Heltzel names these as the emerging and resurging IT roles:

AI and deep learning engineers

As AI speeds how we work with massive amounts of data and convert it into actionable insights, the area is starved for new talent. Corporate and consumer interest are on the rise in areas like automation and autonomous driving, which means engineers with deep learning experience are in demand and it doesn’t look to be slowing anytime soon.


Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technology made a splash with a range of consumer products shown at this year’s CES, more promising opportunities will occur this year in the enterprise for simulation and training, which should mean more roles for VR and AR developers — both in development and security.

Gartner predicts that by 2020, augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality immersive solutions will be a part of 20 percent of enterprise’s digital transformation strategy.

Security analyst

With all the recent cybersecurity breaches and the rise of advanced persistent threats, it should come as no surprise that security analysts are in high demand, marked by high starting salaries, potential for growth, and greater influence in the workplace these days.

In the US, more than 285,000 cybersecurity positions sat vacant in 2016, and an estimated 2 million positions will be left unfilled by 2020. There are many more open jobs than professionals to fill them.

Cloud integrator

According to IT association CompTIA, the evolution of IT can be divided into three stages: the mainframe era, the PC/internet era, and now the cloud/mobile era, where new technologies built with the cloud in mind will gain more traction, including machine learning and blockchain.

Developers and implementation specialists who specialize in cloud solutions roles are in high demand. Sarah Lahav, CEO of SysAid Technologies, says if she were picking one area to go into, cloud computing is it: Contractors can make $150-250 an hour implementing cloud services, or as much as $175,00 a year.

Full-stack engineers

Web users are increasingly demanding more robust, app-like consumer experiences, which has led to strong demand for front- and back-end web developers — and even more for those who combine those skills as full-stack engineers.

The work can be rewarding in more than one way: Good salaries mix with a nice work/life balance, in part because many of the jobs — including full-time staff or short-term contract work — can be done from anywhere. Openings for full-stack engineers grew more than 100 percent from 2015 to 2016, with salaries ranging from just over six figures to nearly $140,000.

Data scientist

As AI becomes part of the business toolkit, making decisions quickly based on large amounts of data is increasingly important to firms hiring new developers.

“All developer roles are in high demand, but there is especially high demand for data scientists,” says Jill Witty, vice president of talent at Entelo. “Every company is looking to leverage data and analytics to improve their business and they need individuals who are experts at solving complex data questions. Predictive analytics and machine learning are the future of tech, so I would focus on math, statistics, and behavioral psychology,” she says.

IoT engineer

Job postings for IoT (internet of things) architects spiked more than 40 percent in the last year and this type of growth is just the start. IoT devices are overwhelming companies with data, much of it unstructured, and firms want to find ways to collect and make sense of that information in a timely way.

Daniel Chow, CTO at open technology integrator Silicon Mechanics, says those with math skills and development chops are in the driver’s seat, with considerably more demand than supply for the emerging IoT market.  “As businesses evolve, they’ll want to leverage their vast warehouse of data to try and track customer consumption and behavior and turn that into plans for growth,” Chow says. “I do see more interest in RFID and also various embedded edge devices that can enable that type of intelligence gathering.”

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