Want to be practically guaranteed a job in today’s competitive market? Consider pursuing one of these careers where the demand for employees is outweighing the supply.
1. IT Architect
Description: IT architects design full IT systems for corporations–they’re the brains behind information technology infrastructure. They’re more involved with design, analytics, and solution stages than the manual building.
Current open jobs on Glassdoor: 10,487
National Average Salary: $116,920
2. Security Engineer
Description: Technology is uniquely vulnerable to breaches of information. Security engineers are on the front lines of protecting technical systems and keeping data safe.
Current open jobs on Glassdoor: 18,989
National Average Salary: $93,653
3. Data Scientist
Description: I’ve written before about how big data is booming, and data scientists are in particularly good positions. They analyze vast quantities of data to mine the insights that companies need to grow and improve.
Current open jobs on Glassdoor: 20,498
National Average Salary: $113,436
4. QA Engineer
Description: Buggy software won’t sell, so it’s important to have skilled QA engineers who can put programs through rigorous tests to locate weaknesses for the developers to address.
Current open jobs on Glassdoor: 23,543
National Average Salary: $80,000
5. Front End Engineer
Description: The front end of a website is the part users see and interact with–and also the part front-end engineers are responsible for building.
Current open jobs on Glassdoor: 25,064
National Average Salary: $100,025
6. Mobile Developer
Description: Websites are ubiquitous now–every business has one–and apps are following in their footsteps. Mobile developers are needed more than ever to build and improve apps for companies who need them.
Current open jobs on Glassdoor: 40,112
National Average Salary: $76,061
7. Java Developer
Description: Usually, web developers will know more than one programming language, but it can be useful to focus on a specialty. Java developers mainly work, as the title implies, with Java.
Current open jobs on Glassdoor: 42,233
National Average Salary: $76,339
8. Data Engineer
Description: Back to data again–data engineers build the infrastructure used in analyzing data, and sometimes create big data warehouses that data scientists can use.
Current open jobs on Glassdoor: 49,712
National Average Salary: $95,526
9. Network Engineer
Description: Network engineers build and maintain the various networks companies use internally.
Current open jobs on Glassdoor: 57,008
National Average Salary: $73,165
10. Software Engineer
Description: Software engineers are specialized programmers who focus on designing, developing, testing, and updating software.
Current open jobs on Glassdoor: 69,989
National Average Salary: $95,195
11. Product Manager
Description: How to make a product shine (and ultimately sell) is the main concern of a product manager. They work across teams to drive product development and hone it to its best version.
Current open jobs on Glassdoor: 70,488
National Average Salary: $103,124
12. DevOps Engineer
Description: A relatively new methodology, DevOps has become highly popular in the software world, and it’s still evolving. Engineers who know and embrace the principles of DevOps may find themselves in higher demand.
Current open jobs on Glassdoor: 155,476
National Average Salary: $100,000
13. Solutions Architect
Description: Unlike a title like “mobile developer” which tells you exactly what they do, “solutions architect” is more vague. In a nutshell, though, they support the technical needs of a company and/or its customer base, serving as an expert who can work with the product team, clients, etc. to develop solutions to problems.
Current open jobs on Glassdoor: 176,372
National Average Salary: $118,593
14. Systems Engineer
Description: Systems engineers design, build, and manage complex computer systems. They consider issues like reliability, efficiency, logistics, and more to ultimately create robust systems that do what they need to do.
Current open jobs on Glassdoor: 316,837
National Average Salary: $85,000
By: Laurence Bradford