The Top 10 IT Jobs for 2017

The IT sector is thriving and seeking to hire professionals that have technology skills.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. It’s the industry to watch for jobs, as well as it’s rate of pay, which is high; and the unemployment rate is low.

Dice and other IT job boards state monthly job postings continue to outpace actual hires. There are so many open IT positions, many companies are struggling to find talent. Damon Cortesi, Co-founder and CTO at Simply Measured stated, “The most difficult thing is obviously just finding qualified candidates. We have five open positions right now that we are just looking to hire immediately, and we can’t hire them quick enough. That’s the biggest challenge…. Good talent is in high demand.”

I have surfed the job boards and consider the following jobs as the hottest top ten jobs for 2017. The positions below are not listed in any particular order, but they are positions companies are seeking to fill quickly. And, the list is not a final list of all technology positions available. We all know, technology is moving fast with new communication tools introduced every day.

If you are in the job market now is the time to search for and/or increase your skills in the IT sector! Companies are searching for qualified IT workers.

  1. Data Scientist – Median base pay: $110,000
    Data Specialist are highly sought after. they are rare. As part computer scientist, trend spotter, part mathematician and computer scientist, they cross over from business to IT seamlessly. they are expert at clarifying situations so that everyone at all levels can understand an issue.
  2. Quality Assurance (QA) Manager – Median base pay: $85,000
    This positions responsibilities includes testing products to ensure quality and ensuring products meet established standards before releasing them to market.
  3. Solutions Architect – Median base pay: $125,000
    A solutions architect will design the solution (scalability, budget, manpower for maintenance, etc.) and provide a timeline for implementation (scalability, budget, manpower for maintenance).
  4. User Experience (UX) Designer – Median base pay: $92,500
    In this position a UX Designer must have excellent design skills. They create designs, prototypes, and mock ups with the end user in mind for websites and graphic requirements.
  5. Software Developer – Median base pay: $100,000
    The technologies we use every day – from the games in a smartphone to bank statements – are developed software developers. They are the people who invent, design, check for bugs and endure we have the best online experience.
  6. Business Analyst (BA) – Median base pay: $100,000
    In this role the BA, is the bridge between IT and the business stakeholders. They are great communicators, tactful, problem solvers, thinkers and analyzers.
  7. Database Administrator – Median base pay: $82,000
    Along with designing, implementing, and maintaining an organizations database system, the database administrator is responsible for establishing policies/procedures pertaining to the management, security, maintenance, and use of the database management system.
  8. Full Stack Developer – Median base pay: $92,000
    A full Stack web developer is someone who has skills in both frontend web design and development along with backend server coding. You can count on a Full Stack web developer to design, code, implement and maintain a fully functional modern interactive website on thier own.
  9. Scrum Master – Median base pay: $95,000
    The facilitator for an agile development team is the Srum Master. They will know how to solve any problem they are presented and help the team make changes in accordance with Agile principles.
  10. Mobile Application Developer – Median base pay: $85,000
    Mobile App Developers design applications for smart phones and tablets. This position is in high demand because people are using these devices to communicate, do business, access news, and find entertainment. It’s the future.

It’s a great time to take a look at your resume and determine if you have matching skills.

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