An Inside Look at the Fast-Growing IT Industry’s New and Emerging Jobs
Posted By Terri Williams on April 5, 2016 at 1:25 pm
Information Technology is the “IT” industry – and this trend shows no signs of slowing down. For students who don’t want to pursue a medical or law degree, IT represents the next highest-paying job market, and the shortage of students completing an IT degree makes this a high-demand field.
According to the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), 2015 marked a 10-year high growth rate in the high-tech industry — in fact, 46 states reported net job growth.
As a whole, the U.S. is responsible for 28% ($1 trillion) of the global ($3.7 trillion) IT market, according to IDC, a research consulting firm.
These are the 4 key segments of the U.S. IT Market:
- 30% Telecom services: fixed voice and data, wireless voice and data
- 25% IT services: planning & implementation, support services, operations management, training
- 24% IT hardware: servers, personal computers, storage, Smartphones, tablets, network equipment, printers & other peripherals
- 21% Software: applications, system infrastructure software
GoodCall asked CompTIA’s president and CEO, Todd Thibodeaux, to share some of the job trends in this vast and growing industry.
If you’re considering a “traditional” IT job, these are the 7 fastest-growing occupations:
|3||Software developer, applications|
|4||Software developer, systems software|
|6||IT support specialist|
However, Thibodeaux says these are the 14 new and emerging jobs to watch in 2016:
|1||Chief analytics/data officer||8||Container developer/architect|
|2||Data scientist||9||Cloud systems engineer|
|3||Data visualizer||10||Internet of Things architect|
|4||Social media analyst||11||Information assurance analyst|
|5||Augmented reality designer||12||Computer security incident responder|
|6||Content manager/strategist||13||Agile project manager|
|7||Marketing technologist||14||Responsive web designer|
Believe it or not, IT isn’t booming everywhere in the U.S. The top 25 states are responsible for 88% of all IT jobs:
|3||New York||8||New Jersey||13||North Carolina||18||Arizona||23||Oregon|
IT workers are employed in a variety of industries. However, these are the top 10 sectors for core IT positions:
|Industry Sector||Estimated # of IT Workers|
|1||Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services||1,923,152|
|4||Finance and Insurance||378,108|
|6||Management of Companies and Enterprises||256,108|
|8||Administrative & Support, Waste Mgmt, and Remediation Services||230,167|
|9||Health Care and Social Assistance||116,797|
Is computer systems analyst the “IT” job?
Computer systems analyst was ranked the 3rd best job in the country (behind orthodontist and dentist) in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Jobs of 2016.
GoodCall asked Thiboreaux why he thought this job was ranked so highly. “In the age of cloud computing, big data, mobile apps and devices, social media and workflow automation, someone skilled in the ability to understand and meld these disparate technologies into a seamless whole is vital,” says Thiboreaux.
In addition, he says that other industries across the economy have increased their investments in internal software development, IT support, cybersecurity, data, and related skills. “As companies continue to work to get the right mix of technology to achieve their business objectives, they will also seek to get the right mix of tech talent,” explains Thiboreaux.
As organizations strive to operate more efficiently and effectively, they’re looking for computer systems analysts who can analyze existing computer systems and create the best solutions. “They bring business and technology together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.” And as a result, Thiboreaux says, “They’re employed by a variety of organizations, including businesses, universities, hospitals, government agencies, and consulting firms that contract to develop new computer systems. ”
One reason IT workers are so popular among employers: “Across the country and across industries, employers continue to find the hiring environment for technical positions to be challenging,” laments Thiboreaux. And while the total core IT occupation workforce in the U.S. increased by an estimated 151,200 jobs in 2015, he says there were job postings for 807,450 core IT positions during the 4th quarter of 2015, according to stats from Burning Glass Technologies. “That figure is 39 percent higher than the number of IT job postings in Q4 2014.”