Forecasting to 2020: The Most In Demand IT Jobs This Year

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
Mar 6, 2019

Mar 6, 2019 • by Rebecca Smith

The field of IT is about to explode.

Consider the expectations pertaining to virtual and augmented reality. Investment in these sectors is forecasted to reach $215 billion by 2021. In 2017 this figure was a mere $11.4 billion. That is an unprecedented jump in investment.

Throw a rising interest in artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT) into the mix and you have everything you need for a thriving IT industry in the years ahead.

Clearly, the future’s bright for anyone looking for a job in IT. But which roles will be most sought after by companies seeking IT talent?

We wanted to provide an answer to this question. Want to know what we learned?

Keep reading to discover 7 of the most in-demand IT jobs for the coming year.

7 of the Most in Demand IT Jobs for 2020

IT has a bright future.

As technology develops, the demand for skilled workers in this field is expected to grow with it. Whether the roles are in-house or outsourced, there will be a ready supply of IT work (check out this article by IT Authorities for more on the relative benefits of in-house versus outsourced IT work).

Without further ado, here are 7 jobs we expect to be in highest demand over the next year or so.

1. Web, Mobile, and Software Developers

Developers of all varieties are already in high demand. That trend is only set to continue in the coming years.

Anyone fluent in coding languages (such as C++, HTML, and Java) will be highly sought after to help design, install and support the programs that businesses rely upon to function. Websites, software and mobile programs are all fundamental components business.

Essential skills include the ability to code and to understand clients and their requirements. Your technical skills should be of a high level to deal with problems and required changes along the way.

2. Business Intelligence Analyst (BI Analyst)

A growing challenge of businesses is to analyze the data they’ve successfully harvested.

That’s where a BI analyst comes in. It’s a significant change in focus that requires someone with particular skills to achieve.

BI analysts have a solid fundamental understanding of the data pertaining to a business. That’s not all though. They should also have the ability to communicate the data to important stakeholders. BI analysts usually have a background in engineering or computer science and will be in high demand in years to come.

3. Specialist User Support

The rise in IT will have a big impact on the day-to-day systems used by organizations.

Employees will see significant changes in operations. User support specialists are there to help them with any issues that arise. Digital transformations can be difficult to navigate and understand. Problems and roadblocks will inevitably follow.

As a specialist, with a keen ability to problem-solve and communicate, your skills will be of significant importance.

4. Computer Systems Analyst

Computer systems analysts fine-tune the computer systems in line with company goals.

The overall objective is to get everything running like a well-oiled machine. You have a background in (or knowledge of) business and tech that you can use to maximize profits, limit costs, and improve productivity.

You either make the requisite software change yourself or work with the developers to do it for you.  

5. Database Administrator

Databases are often the bedrock upon which computer systems run.

They’re becoming increasingly important as IT systems get more complex, and the amount of data that gets harvested grows.

A database administrator is in charge of the smooth running of these crucial IT elements.

The data must be coherent and available to anyone who needs it. The specific tasks may differ between businesses. But the basic idea is that the data is there and comprehensible for the teams needing access to it.

6. Cloud Solutions Architect

Cloud services are another common feature of modern-day business.

Essentially, business operations and IT infrastructure are being moved from on-site servers to the cloud.

Cloud architects are in charge of these new cloud-based computing strategies. They oversee the setup and management of cloud-based operations.

To do this job you’ll need a solid knowledge of cloud services, as well as various operating systems. It’s the only way to be successful here. Other essential skills include programming and an understanding of security issues.

7. Information Security Analyst

Cybersecurity is a priority for companies now more than ever.

The rapid expansion of IT systems has created a whole new platform for a crime to take place. Internet security is immensely important to protect customer data and ensure that operations can continue safely.

That’s what information security analysts come in. Their job is to create and install IT security in charge of protecting such vital business components.

Security issues are monitored and dealt with. Systems are updated accordingly. They might also help teach the workforce about potential threats and how to prevent them from happening.

Time to Wrap Up

There you have it: 7 of the most in-demand IT jobs expected for 2020.

IT is a field on the cusp of major developments. IoT, virtual and augmented reality, as well as artificial intelligence, are all becoming a reality as we speak. As a result, the number of IT positions available is sure to spike dramatically in the coming years.

That’s good news for all IT buffs out there! Hopefully, this article has provided you with some greater insight into the most sought after roles.

Developers, BI analysts, specialist user support, computer systems analysts, database administrators, cloud solutions architects, and information security analysts are all set to be in exceptionally high demand in 2020.

Best of luck with the job search! For more information on this topic, click here to find out how to get into the tech industry.

Likewise, are you currently on the hunt for your next IT job? Be sure to check out the jobs available to you in your area right now.