In the movie Frequency, a movie about time travel, the main character John uses a shortwave radio to speak with people from his past 30 years ago. By doing so, he’s able to save his dad’s life and change the future for himself and his loved ones.
At one point during these conversations, John talks to his 6-year-old best friend and says, “I want you to remember this word, okay? It’s kind of like a code word: Yahoo. Can you remember that?”
The reason being is that the older version of John’s friend laments the fact he didn’t buy Yahoo stock when he had the chance – a move that would have made him a lot of money.
At the time this movie was made (2000), Yahoo was the most popular website worldwide, so the pop culture reference made sense. If the same movie were made today, the website would most assuredly be Google.
When Google went public, it initially traded at $85 per share. Today, a single share trades near $3000.
While it may be difficult to predict which company’s IPOs are worth investing in, and even more difficult to come across a time-traveling shortwave radio, it’s not as challenging to figure out which IT careers are worth pursuing.
Based on research conducted by ITCareerFinder, which used employment growth forecasts from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, IT salaries from Indeed.com, and other recent IT hiring trends, they were able to determine the IT jobs with the most promising career arc over the next 10 years.
Below, we’ve listed a handful of IT jobs that we’ve already begun hiring for.
The Best IT Jobs for the Future
IT Security Specialist
The demand for cybersecurity specialists is at an all-time high, there just aren’t enough cybersecurity professionals to meet it. As security remains a top concern for IT executives, cybersecurity is an IT discipline that’ll be in-demand for years to come.
The primary role of an IT Security Specialist is to defend an organization’s information systems. They do so by installing and configuring security software to prevent attacks, educate employees on data security, monitor and protect against network breaches, and respond to cyberattacks.
Mobile Application Developer
In an online world, one that is dominated by smartphones and tablets, the demand for new and innovative mobile apps is growing at an incredible speed. It makes sense then that the need for IT professionals who can create, program, test and maintain apps across such devices would be needed.
Related job opportunities with PSCI: Sr. Mobile Developer
The role of a software engineer includes analyzing and modifying existing software as well as designing, constructing, and testing end-user applications that meet user needs. They are the individuals that are responsible for designing and improving the computer programs we use every day, including business apps, operating systems, network control systems, and social networks.
As the world continues its total reliance on computer systems, the need for software engineers will only continue to grow.
Quick, name a business that doesn’t have a website. It may take you a while to think of one. In today’s business landscape, even the smallest mom and pop shops can be found online, and web developers are the ones who put them there.
Web developers are responsible for the coding, design, and layout of a website. As the role takes into consideration user experience and function, a certain level of both graphic design and computer programming is necessary.
Related job opportunities with PSCI: Front-End Developer
Software development, data analytics, information security, and cloud computing are all IT areas that are experiencing record-breaking growth. In turn, this is fueling strong demand for IT professionals with supervision capability.
While the title can mean many different things for different organizations, in short, IT managers are the ones responsible for keeping everything up and running on a daily basis. They make sure their departments operate efficiently, ensure adherence to organizational IT policy, and work closely with executives to identify, develop, and support new technology solutions.
Network administrators are the individuals within a company who are responsible for maintaining computer infrastructures with emphasis on local area networks (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN). Additional responsibilities include network monitoring, testing for weaknesses, keeping the network up to date, installing security programs, and applying email and internet filters.
Related job opportunities with PSCI: Network Operations Consultant
For other IT jobs, please consult the PSCI Job Search page.