For many people, we’re approaching one year in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past few quarters, businesses have adjusted their planning and models, then adjusted them again; employees have grown used to working from home, although many are also hungering for a return to office life. The long-term impacts of the pandemic on the technology industry will surely be felt for years to come, in a variety of ways.
Given all that, it’s worth examining which companies are hiring the most technologists at the moment. For that data, we can turn to Burning Glass, which collects and analyzes job postings from across the country. Based on the below list, which encompasses hiring over the past 60 days, we can draw some interesting conclusions about broader hiring during the pandemic:
If you’ve been following our regular analyses of Burning Glass data, you recognize many of the companies on this list, which have maintained a strong rate of hiring over the past year. Although the pandemic unleashed uncertain economic conditions and forced many companies to lay workers off, companies in a few key industries have seemingly thrived over the past 11 months, including healthcare, defense, and e-commerce.
It’s no coincidence that the tech giants on this list—Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, and Facebook—all specialize in cloud-related products. The sudden ubiquity of remote work, coupled with the need for cloud services and infrastructure, spiked demand for many of these companies’ apps and services. Amazon has been aggressively hiring artificial intelligence (A.I.) and machine learning experts, most recently for its Boston Tech Hub.
Defense and healthcare are also industries that seemingly profit no matter what the broader economic conditions. The pandemic, of course, has put particular emphasis on telehealth and the use of the cloud in a medical context—increasing healthcare companies’ need for technologists who’ve mastered cloud infrastructure and telecommunications technology.
The cloud in all of its complicated facets—from proper data storage to cybersecurity—will only play a bigger role in coming years as more companies seek digital transformation. No matter what industry interests you, chances are good that the companies within it will need a broad range of tech skills.