The tech job market has experienced significant upheavals since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that’s unlikely to change this year. For job seekers, 2022 presents a favorable environment to seek better opportunities, higher pay, an improved work-life balance, and the potential for advancement. Let’s take a closer look at a representative sample of the leading high-demand tech jobs in 2022 in three booming fields.
Companies in a wide range of industries, as well as nonprofits and government agencies, are increasingly adopting cloud-first strategies. Market research firm Gartner predicts that cloud-computing revenues will soon exceed non-cloud revenues. As a result, the demand for cloud-computing professionals will increase.
Top cloud-computing jobs for 2022 include:
- Cloud architects, who are responsible for planning, designing, and upgrading cloud networks and projects. They help their organizations develop computing processes and strategies. The average annual salary for cloud architects in the U.S. is about $100,000.
- Cloud engineers, who manage the daily maintenance and support for cloud networks and services. Skills needed include cloud and networking hardware and software, as well as experience with server infrastructure and familiarity with AWS and other cloud-based providers. The average annual salary for cloud engineers in the U.S. is nearly $150,000.
- Cloud database administrators, who manage data in cloud networks. They work with C-Suite leaders, operations managers, and others to find the best ways to use data to make better business decisions. The average annual salary for cloud database administrators in the U.S. is about $125,000.
Upskilling for cloud-computing jobs means building knowledge in Python, Java, SQL, and other programming languages; CRM cloud development; DevOPs; and acquiring AWS, CISSP, and other certifications.
Data Science and Analytics
As companies continue to develop new ways to leverage the vast amounts of data that they amass, ensuring data integrity and transitioning to the use of real-time data have come to the forefront as critical concerns for many organizations. Employment opportunities in big data and data analytics will continue to grow.
Top data science and analytics jobs for 2022 include:
- Big data engineers, who design the architecture of a big data platform, maintain the data pipeline, and focus on efficient data ingestion and database optimization. The average annual salary for big data engineers in the U.S. is about $115,000.
- Machine-learning engineers, who create programs and algorithms that enable machines to take actions without human direction. Self-driving cars and customized newsfeeds are examples of machine-learning systems. The average annual salary for big data engineers in the U.S. is about $110,000.
- Data scientists, who collect, analyze, and interpret large data sets and use this information to develop data-driven solutions to business challenges. The average annual salary for cloud architects in the U.S. is $96,000
- Data analysts, who identify, collect, and clean data and then analyze and interpret it to answer questions or to apply it to business challenges. The average annual salary for cloud architects in the U.S. is $70,000
Upskilling for data science jobs include knowledge of Pytorch, Keras, and other deep-learning frameworks; mastery of SQL and NoSQL networks and Hadoop; understanding of machine learning and neural networks; mastery of Tableau and other data visualization tools, and familiarity with employers’ specific industries. Many employers also require a master’s degree in data science or data analytics.
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Remote work has become a necessity for many organizations during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Companies and employees have discovered the benefits of remote work and overcame many of its challenges.
Many companies are moving to permanent remote-only work for some or all of their employees. One of the major challenges of remote work is protecting network infrastructure from attacks by cybercriminals. As a result, demand for cybersecurity and thread detection professions will continue to grow.
Top cybersecurity jobs for 2022 include:
- Cloud security architects, who are responsible for designing security systems to ensuring that organizational resources on the cloud are safe. The average annual salary for cloud security architects in the U.S. is $117,000.
- Cyber threat analysts identify potential flaws in an organization’s network to strengthen the
- network’s security. The average annual salary for cyber threat analysts in the U.S. is $110,000.
- Disaster recovery specialists develop and implement policies, procedures, and contingency plans to manage cybersecurity events and data recovery processes. The average annual salary for disaster recovery specialists in the U.S. is $81,000.
Upskilling for cybersecurity jobs include knowledge of NIST, CIS, and other cybersecurity frameworks; familiarity with SIEM, IDS, and IPS software; DevOps; and AWS Certified Security, CCSP, or other certifications.
Exploring Your Options
As the IT industry continues to evolve, skilled IT professionals like you will discover many new opportunities. As remote work continues to expand, you’ll have access to a much larger and more dynamic employment market. Keeping abreast of industry trends and changes in the demands for skills will help you find your dream job.