Best Computer Jobs for the Future
Trying to determine your ideal IT career path? Want to know which computer jobs will be in the greatest demand, offer the highest salaries and best opportunities for advancement once you finish training? ITCareerFinder assembled this comparison of the decade’s hottest technology careers to serve as your guide. These 10 computer jobs will experience the fastest growth through 2020, pay salaries well above the national average, boast top employment rates and offer a range of advancement opportunities.
Compare the best computer jobs by employment projections, key growth factors and salary, then click the link of your favorite IT career path(s) for deep dive job profiles featuring skills and responsibilities, desirable certifications, salary analyses, education requirements, training & degree programs, local job openings and tips from IT insiders.
Methodology used to discover this decade’s best computer jobs centered around a 4-point weighted analysis of employment growth forecasts from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, IT salaries from Indeed.com, the ratio of job listings to qualified applicants on leading technology job boards, and potential for upward mobility based on interviews with IT/employment subject matter experts and 2012's IT hiring trends.
Discover the ten best computer jobs for the future:
Mobile Application Developer
Mobile App Developer Employment Projections | 2010 - 2020
Key Growth Factors
Mobile application development is one of the world's fastest growing occupations. As smart phones and tablets continue to change the way we communicate, do business, and access news & entertainment, the demand for new and innovative mobile apps is growing at an incredible speed. This increased demand translates to one of the largest IT skills gaps ever realized – there are simply more mobile app development job openings than skilled application developers to fill them. Google's Android and Apple's iOS (iPhone & iPad) platforms will continue to offer the most job opportunities for mobile developers; view this graph
for a breakdown of mobile OS market share.
Database Administrator Employment Projections | 2010 - 2020
- 10-Year Growth Pct: 31% (much faster than avg.)†
- 10-Year Growth Volume: 33,900 new jobs
- Average Salary: $82,000
- DBA Career Path ››
Key Growth FactorsBusinesses are accumulating record amounts of digital information, spurring the need for trained and certified DBAs to store, organize, analyze and secure this data. In addition, as more databases are connected to the Internet and cloud, data security will become increasingly vital & complex; database administrators and developers - especially those with information security skills - will be hired to protect corporate databases from hackers and other security threats.
Software Engineer Employment Projections | 2010 - 2020
Key Growth FactorsThe demand for software engineers will rise along with technological advancements and the proliferation of emerging network technologies. For example, increased corporate adoption of cloud and virtualization strategies will create a surge in demand for applications software engineers who can design and develop secure web-based programs. Likewise, as the sophistication and adoption of electronic data-processing systems continues to rise, the need to implement and upgrade to these new computer systems will fuel job creation for systems software engineers.
Video Game Designer
Video Game Designer Employment Projections | 2010 - 2020
Key Growth FactorsThe $65+ billion dollar gaming industry has more than tripled in size over the last decade with no signs of slowing. Beyond the booming market for traditional console and PC games, the increased popularity, processing power and graphics capabilities of mobile devices has unlocked a new world of employment opportunities for game designers, artists and programmers. Video game designers with mobile software development expertise will be especially sought after as smart phones & tablets, such as the iPhone and iPad, continue to change how video games are accessed and played. Game designers will also benefit from growing public and private sector demand for intelligent simulation programs, e.g., military flight simulators.
Network Administrator Employment Projections | 2010 - 2020
Key Growth FactorsDemand for network administrators will continue to rise as organizations invest in new systems and network technologies to increase productivity and gain a competitive advantage. The rapid adoption of tablets and smartphones – and "Bring your own device" (BYOD) policies – into corporate culture means more organizations will use the Internet to conduct business online, translating to increased job opportunities for network administrators and network managers who can help businesses securely utilize these emerging technologies to communicate with employees and customers.
IT Security Specialist
IT Security Specialist Employment Projections | 2010 - 2020
Key Growth FactorsSecurity will remain a top concern for IT executives and hiring managers as the frequency, scope and complexity of cyber attacks continues to escalate. IT executives interviewed in Computerworld’s 2012 IT forecast survey report actively seeking professionals with information security skills, but finding it difficult to locate good talent. This indicates an incredible opportunity for technology professionals to advance their security skills and credentials. Computer security skills in the greatest demand in 2012 and beyond include IT operations security, mobile device security, risk management, information assurance, network and cloud/virtualization security.
Computer Systems Analyst
Computer Systems Analyst Employment Projections | 2010 - 2020
Key Growth FactorsAs organizations continue to increase their reliance on technology, computer systems analysts will be hired to architect new systems across all industries. Healthcare is a key field for systems analyst job growth, as aggressive government mandates and funding initiatives continue to drive rapid increases in electronic medical record (EMR) adoption, electronic-Rx services and other healthcare software projects that require the development of custom computer systems. The U.S. Department of Labor also predicts a 43% increase in systems analyst hiring at IT consulting firms, which translates to a huge amount of freelance and contract employment opportunities.
Web Developer Employment Projections | 2010 - 2020
Key Growth FactorsEach year, a record number of businesses bring their offerings to the Internet. As the number of products and services available online continues to grow, web developers and designers will enjoy increased job opportunities. Proliferation of social media, social networking and other Web 2.0 communities will boost demand for web developers as businesses look to engage a new generation of customers and spur a competitive advantage in these rapidly growing platforms.
Health Information Technician
Health Information Technician Employment Proj. | 2010 - 2020
Key Growth Factors
Health care will produce more new computer jobs from 2012 through 2020 than any other single industry. Aggressive government mandates and funding incentives for hospitals and private health practices to adopt centralized electronic medical record (EMR) systems, is driving unprecedented hiring of health information technicians who are trained & certified in these new technologies. Health information technicians earn the lowest starting salary on this list, however the required education is the quickest (typically a 2-year degree program in Health IT
), plus candidates learning now will be well-positioned for lucrative management positions as the health IT job market continues its rapid expansion.
Technology Manager Employment Projections | 2010 - 2020
Key Growth FactorsJob growth for information technology managers is directly tied to the growth rates of the IT workers they supervise. Record-breaking growth in a wide range of technical career fields – including networking, mobile development, software engineering, databases and virtualization – will continue from 2013 through 2020 and beyond, in turn fueling demand for talented IT managers. Additional growth will be driven by increased focus on information security and the hiring of additional IT security personnel.
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†The average ten-year growth percentage for all occupations is 14% (bls.gov)
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook • Indeed.com
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