As technology innovation continues to grow, technology professionals will be in continued demand. Today, we will look at some of the fastest-growing jobs in STEM.
With COVIID-19 forcing the world to be more technologically dependent, our need for highly qualified technology experts grows.
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer and information technology jobs are expected to grow by 13% from 2020 to 2030. This amounts to 667,600 new jobs.
This growth results from the introduction of cloud computing, big data storage, artificial intelligence, and other new technology applications.
We have highlighted five growing jobs based on the types of positions we hire at HEPCO. This data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
1. Software Developers, Quality Assurance Analysts, and Testers
Individuals holding various positions in these jobs can expect to see a 22% increase in this field, which will make up most of the new jobs throughout the decade, ranking at 409,500 new openings in Software Developers, Quality Assurance Analysts, and Testers.
If you are a Software Developer, you can expect to be responsible for creating various computer applications. Additionally, Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers supervise these applications and programs for detecting issues and reporting these problems.
While only a bachelor’s degree is required to obtain this job, BLS states that a master’s degree helps improve one’s hire-ability.
Individuals can expect to receive an average salary of $110,140 depending on skillset and responsibilities in their role.
2. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Network and Computer Systems Administrators are crucial to a company’s daily operations as they “organize, install and support an organization’s computer systems.” While, unfortunately, their growth rate is below the average at 5%, with only 18,800 new opportunities to come between now and 2030, administrators are still needed for managing a company’s I.T. and network operations.
Despite some companies requiring a master’s degree for this position, most look for a bachelor’s degree and a commitment to staying updated on the latest trends and new developments in their field.
The average salary of Network and Computer Systems Administrators is $84,810 annually. However, you can expect to get paid more or less based on the field you provide your services for, such as the finance or education industry.
3. Computer Network Architects
Otherwise known as Network Engineers, these individuals work with various businesses to build a network that meets the company’s goals. Network architects might undertake multiple tasks, including developing “layouts for data communication networks,” persuading organizations to adopt new management plans and discovering “new networking technologies” an organization should bring into their business.
Professionals in this field or hoping to enter the industry can expect to see a 5% increase in openings, totaling 9,000 new jobs.
Due to the intensity and requirements of this position, individuals should expect that most employers will prefer candidates to have an MBA in Information Systems and five to ten years of experience in I.T.
For this reason, the average salary is $116,780, and the top 10% of Computer Network Architects make $175,579.
HEPCO is currently hiring for a Principal Network Engineer.
4. Web Developers and Digital Designers
Having a website is crucial; thus, Web Developers are growing 13%, with 25,500 new jobs expected by the end of 2030.
In addition to website design, these individuals manage the website’s interface and ensure the easy usability of the website.
While anyone with access to the internet and understanding of a design platform can design a website, Web Developers are well versed in HTML programming and other coding languages. While a bachelor’s degree is not needed to become a web designer, it allows web developers to become project managers.
The average salary for web developers is $77,200.
While not a regular opening HEPCO typically has, we have an open position for a Web Developer in Chandler, Arizona.
5. Database Administrators and Architects
Finally, the last position we are highlighting today is Database Administrators and Architects. Database Administrators and Architects are responsible for data storage and system development and management.
The job outlook for this position is growing 8% to reach 13,200 new jobs adding to the 168,000 already existing positions.
In addition to a bachelor’s degree, expect employers to want you to know various database languages, such as SQL.
The salary for Database Administrator and Architects is typical $98,860, but the pay can be between $54,070 and $155,660.
Despite other growing technology jobs, these five are the ones most offered by HEPCO. Hopefully, this information will help learn more about their field or a possible career change.
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