Companies across the country are exploring how to best re-open offices, with some not planning on bringing employees back until September or even later. At the same time, many teams need specialized tech talent right now. As a result, there’s robust jobs demand for technologists who can work remotely full-time.
But which of those remote technologist jobs are in greatest demand? For an answer, we can turn to Burning Glass, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings. Based on data from the past 60 days, it’s clear that software developers/engineers, network engineers/architects, Java developers, and project managers are in greatest demand:
That software developers/engineers top this list—by a comfortable margin—should come as no surprise. Recent breakdowns have shown that developers and engineers are always in demand, whether remote or in-office. After all, many companies have roadmaps that often involve some combination of consumer software products (i.e., apps, public-facing websites, cloud services) and internal software tools and services, and they need developers and engineers with a variety of highly specialized skills to build those. Even companies in “non-techy” industries have come to the realization that they must embrace cutting-edge technology, whether data analytics or mobile apps, in order to stay ahead of the competition.
In addition to developers and engineers, companies also need project managers in place to ensure that everything proceeds on-budget and on-schedule, and network engineers and architects who can build out their datacenters and internal tech infrastructure. While all-remote work can sometimes make things a little complicated, particularly within technologist teams working on big projects across multiple time-zones, managers know that good communication (and good communication/collaboration tools) can ensure that everyone works smoothly together.
While companies try to figure out their remote and in-office policies, the demand for technologists remains strong. The unemployment rate for IT occupations hit 2.4 percent in March, far below the 6 percent nationally for all occupations. Tech job postings rose 28 percent between the fourth quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021, jumping 12 percent between February 2021 and March 2021. That gives technologists who want to work an all-remote job a bit of leverage at the moment; companies that need specialists are more willing to make big concessions to location and schedule.