Despite recent layoffs affecting staff at hundreds of tech companies, including industry giants Microsoft, Alphabet and Meta, statistics still show the future remains bright for those working in the industry. Gartner research shows that demand continues to outpace supply for many technology roles, while global IT spending is projected to grow more than 2% before the start of 2024.
Those with expertise in AI, cybersecurity and cloud computing are in stronger positions to demand higher salaries. Within these specialties, the demand for strong talent continues to grow.
Below is a shortlist of some of the highest paying tech jobs and current opportunities for those with relevant experience from the TechSpot Job Board.
Engineers working within the blockchain can expect a starting salary of $150,000, making it a lucrative technology career to pursue. Continued investment in the industry by venture capitalists and increasing adoption of blockchain solutions for payments, smart contracts, and digital identities ensure future growth in this industry.
The global blockchain technology market size was valued at $10.02 billion in 2022 and is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 87.7% from 2023 to 2030. Firms currently recruiting proficient talent in blockchains include Third Republic and Deloitte.
Artificial intelligence experts
More than 80 million AI jobs were created in 2020, and subsequent reports from Gartner show that demand for people with AI skills isn’t slowing, with spending within the region expected to grow 21% year-on-year.
Interestingly, the demand for people with strong machine learning skills is highest from non-tech sectors as companies rush to provide the best services to their customers. Among those currently hiring AI workers are Amazon, Vanguard and Apple.
Demand for software engineers is expected to grow 21% by 2028, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as demand for online solutions grows and operating systems, apps and platforms need to get smarter, faster and intuitive.
Software engineers with a proven track record in retail, agriculture, and manufacturing are most in demand, as these industries race to keep up with changing markets and ever-changing technology. Firms hiring software engineers include Northrop Grumman, Republic Bank and Trust, and Leidos.
Having technical skills is one thing, leading and motivating a team of tech savvy people in a volatile market is another. As a result, demand for tech managers, especially those with track records in fintech, startups and AI, continues to grow with 82,000 jobs expected to open by 2031 according to the BLS. Opportunities currently exist for IT managers with companies like DuoLingo, MasterCard, and PayPal.
Cyber security engineer
As businesses and individuals embrace technology in more and more areas of their lives, the need for cybersecurity is growing exponentially, with the BLS predicting that employment in the sector will grow 31% by 2029 and the US News & World Report reports that average salaries in the industry start at $100,000.
Opportunities for those with cybersecurity experience, including security data analysts, are currently available at companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton and Ramp Financial.
As the benefits of cloud computing are realized by more businesses and organizations, the demand has grown for those who can build software that allows businesses to migrate their data to the cloud.
Therefore, those with experience in designing, developing and implementing cloud computing solutions are in high demand. Companies currently seeking cloud architects and those with cloud computing experience include SAIC, Zoom, and Salesforce.
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