Tech Skills With the Fastest Job Growth

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DevOps

Job postings y/y increase: 35 percent

Tech-centric organizations simply can’t survive without DevOps professionals who shepherd the process of building, testing, and releasing software. DevOps is more than just a certain title, or even a portfolio of skills and experience; it’s also a mindset built on values of culture, automation, measurement, and sharing.

Experienced DevOps professionals know that, when it comes to ensuring that software launches on time and on spec, collaboration is key. Without inclusiveness and commitment on the part of the whole team, projects simply won’t succeed. For more on how a DevOps mindset can boost your career, check out this article.

Cloud

Job postings y/y increase: 28 percent

The market for cloud services hit $93 billion in 2015, and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon: analyst firm IHS technology predicted that number will grow to $278 billion by 2020, a five-year compound annual growth rate of 25 percent.

With companies across the world scrambling to get their infrastructure and services into the cloud as fast as they can, and tech vendors engaged in an equally madcap scramble to provide the tools and platforms that facilitate that transition, the need for technology professionals with sufficient cloud skills and experience is strong.

Data Science

Job postings y/y increase: 13 percent

Companies are collecting tons of data—structured, unstructured, you name it. But all that information is useless unless those companies have someone who can analyze it for insights. That’s where data analysts and data scientists come in. A typical day in the life of a data scientist involves a variety of tasks, from thinking about business questions in an abstract way to using software tools to analyze datasets.

As implied by the word ‘scientist,’ data science involves a high degree of analytic rigor. Good data scientists are also peerless collaborators, capable of explaining complex concepts to executives and other stakeholders in ways that make sense.

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