Where Will the Tech Jobs Be in 2018 and What Skills Are Needed?

Growing business needs for digital transformation, cloud services, big-data crunching, and IT security will keep demand for tech professionals high in the coming year. In fact, the number of computer and information technology jobs is growing faster than the average for any other occupation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The across-the-board need for IT skills is making it difficult for many companies to find enough staff with up-to-date capabilities, another study found. Recent surveys by Robert Half Technology, an IT professional staffing firm, found a majority of businesses believe they're lacking in a number of key technology skills.

Among the IT skills most in demand are data science and analysis, hacking and security, content creation and content marketing, programming and design, and social media marketing, according to the surveys.

Developers, Security Pros in High Demand

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts the 2016-2026 growth rates for jobs in numerous technology categories: 28 percent for information security analysts; 24 percent for software developers; 19 percent for computer and information research scientists; 13 percent for Web developers; and 10 percent for computer support specialists.

In fact, software and application development is expected to be the ninth fastest-growing occupation in the U.S. over the next 10 years, while information security analysis is predicted to be the 15th fastest-growing occupation.

"Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high," the bureau said in its job outlook. "Cyberattacks have grown in frequency, and analysts will be needed to come up with innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or creating problems for computer networks."

Security skills will be especially important in industries such banking and financial services, as well as healthcare, the bureau said.

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