Tech Jobs Remain Available, Albeit in Different Places

January 8, 2013

IT jobs are still abundant in the United States, according to multiple reports – so long as prospective employees know where to look.

Ian Hathaway, economist for Bay Area Council, recently told Bloomberg TV that high-tech jobs growth will likely outpace the national average through at least 2020. At the same time, he said every IT hire will lead to an estimated 4.3 additional hires.

While the traditional high-tech sector is likely to survive, innovative technology and government-sponsored initiatives are leading to an influx of tech-related positions. Many of these jobs, however, will be different than anything companies needed in the past, including:

Cloud computing specialists: Nearly every organization will have implemented at least one cloud-based function in the not-too-distant future. The high-tech sector is being driven by cloud-influenced technology like mobile solutions, social media and big data analytics, which means many companies will be adding IT jobs to handle these new programs.

"As cloud providers grow the scale of their service offerings, and more businesses embrace and capitalize on them, there will be increasing demand for professionals who possess cloud computing skills," Thomas Bieser, a solution architect at HP, recently told BPT.

Social media workers: Social networking sites are becoming prevalent in organizations across every industry. From marketing to sales to customer service, social media is becoming an invaluable tool.

Recent studies by Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group projected that social media specialists will be among the best paid and fastest growing IT jobs in 2013.

Tech-related healthcare positions: With the Affordable Care Act set to take effect at the start of 2014, many healthcare organizations have been forced to hire additional employees to manage their databases. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 760,000 computer and tech jobs in the sector could be added from 2010 to 2020.