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Hottest Tech Jobs Of 2016

If finding a new job in 2016 is among your New Year's resolutions, look no further than these tech positions in the most demand.



The New Year doesn't have to mean resolving yet again to lose that extra 20 pounds or go to the gym every morning. Flipping the calendar ahead can also be a good occasion to take stock of your professional life and work on making improvements or changes. Unemployment rates in the US are at their lowest in years, job openings are on the rise, and technology is growing at an unprecedented rate. That makes 2016 one of the best times in history to be looking for a new position, especially for those of us in tech.

Which industries and jobs provide the best opportunity? Recent research from CareerBuilder, in partnership with Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), produced a list of the hottest in-demand jobs for 2016. They found that while the largest total number of jobs is in healthcare, technology is a close second. In fact, IT-related jobs made up 28% of all monthly unique job postings. Of the top 20 positions in the list, eight were in high tech, six were in healthcare, two were in finance, and another two in marketing and sales.

The hiring gap in technology careers was especially large, as well. Of the 375,000 tech jobs openings posted each month, companies are only able to fill 98,000. That equates to a job seeker's market. 

CareerBuilder based its research on the number of job ads companies posted each month, compared to the number of people they actually hired. It covered more than 700 occupations during the period from January 2015 to September 2015 and used EMSI's labor market database, which pulls from 90 national and state employment resources. The report also includes data points such as job growth and salary, which indicate demand in the coming year.

So if you're thinking of making a career move or change in the coming year, take a look at the following six IT job categories, where there is opportunity aplenty.

(Image: Razvan/iStockphoto)

 

Susan Fogarty has almost two decades of experience writing and developing content for IT professionals, especially those deeply involved in enterprise network infrastructure. She previously worked at TechTarget, where she spent 11 years, six as the Editorial Director of its ... View Full Bio

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aditshar1
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aditshar1,
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1/11/2016 | 12:37:20 AM
Big Data
We saw good hype for Big Data, but eventually did not saw much of jobs for them. Hope SDN do not go this way.
aditshar1
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aditshar1,
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1/7/2016 | 2:29:30 AM
Re: Secure your future
Good to see Network jobs in high demand, although important is what kind of experience they will be looking for and what kind of transformation will be involved in roles and responsibilities.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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1/6/2016 | 12:00:48 PM
Re: Secure your future
Right @ClassC, there's that tendency for companies to want it all but not pay for it. 
ClassC
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1/5/2016 | 9:10:32 PM
Re: Secure your future

@Marcia    So true.   I see and experience this all the time.  And usually these companies have no intention on compensating fairly for the skills one does bring to the table.  

It really is frustrating and disheartening.

ClassC
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ClassC,
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1/5/2016 | 9:03:57 PM
Re: Secure your future

@tjgkg    I think that is a good solution, certifications at least show a level of commitment.   Something to show a person is serious at least.

MarciaNWC
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1/5/2016 | 5:42:32 PM
Re: Secure your future
Right, many times the requirements companies list for positions are unrealistic; no one person could meet them all.
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1/5/2016 | 2:49:06 PM
Re: Secure your future
I agre with that but companies are unrealistic in so many hiring processes. Then they complain they can't find qualified candidates. I guess the way around this is to get a certification in IT Security or something to that effect. It should at least get a foot in the door.
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1/5/2016 | 2:44:50 PM
Re: Secure your future

@tjgkg   I agree.  But it has yet to be seen if companies will actively hire those with little experience in security.   As you know, it is not something most techies do primarily and from my experience - securing your network is not enough for some of these very picky companies.

For the record, I don't think companies can afford to be too picky, if someone wants to do security earnestly, then by all means give them a chance. 

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1/5/2016 | 2:34:40 PM
Tech Positions and The Always Important Hourly Rate

Thanks Susan for this listing of tech positions in most demand for 2016.  I really find it helpful to see the median hourly rate for each of these.

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1/5/2016 | 12:23:21 PM
Re: Secure your future
Thanks for weighing in here @tjgkg, and I agree -- information security is definitely hot and has a lot of opportunity. It seems organizations are finally realizing they need dedicated security pros on staff.
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