The 13 most in-demand Tech Jobs for 2019 – and how to hire for them

The 13 most in-demand tech jobs for 2019 — and how to hire for them

From data scientists to developers to engineers, the battle for the best IT talent will wage on next year. Here’s what to look for (and what to offer) when hiring for the 13 most in-demand tech jobs for 2019.

As companies scramble to adapt to a tight tech job market, they’re doing whatever they can to attract top tech talent. For some that means getting a head start in filling next year’s most in-demand roles.   There are certain things you can look for to make sure you land the top talent. Here are 13 jobs expected to be in demand for 2019, the skills and experience you should look for and the average salary you’ll want to pay to stay competitive.

Tech Job #1.      Business intelligence analyst

First Tech Job: BI analysts need experience in database technology, analytics and reporting tools. Businesses typically look for candidates with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems or engineering. You’ll want to hire someone with the skills to understand your organization’s unique data needs and then communicate those to stakeholders. It’s a role with growing importance as businesses pivot from harvesting to making sense of data.


Skills and experience to look for:

·        Experience with database queries

·        Stored procedure writing

·        Online analytical processing (OLAP)

·        Data cube technology

·        Strong written and verbal skills

Tech Job #2.      Cloud architect

Cloud architects oversee the company’s cloud computing strategy and are responsible for deploying, managing and supporting cloud applications. Cloud architects typically have a strong understanding of multiple operating systems in addition to networking, programming and security skills. Businesses should look for individuals with a strong knowledge of cloud services such as Amazon Web Services as well as experience with ITSM, I&O, governance, automation, and vendor management.

Skills and experience to look for:

·        Knowledge of state-of-the-art cloud technologies and architectural principles

·        Experience with scaling cloud applications

·        Understanding of cost, performance and architecture of cloud systems

·        Collaboration and communication skills

Tech Job #3.      Cloud systems engineer

Cloud systems engineers are responsible for developing, planning, designing, installing, managing, maintaining and supporting IT cloud systems. These professionals typically work with Amazon Web Services, OpenStack, Microsoft Azure, and other popular cloud services. Cloud systems engineers should have a strong understanding of programming languages, APIs, DevOps, automation and cloud databases.

Skills and experience to look for:

·        Experience developing, installing, maintaining and supporting IT cloud systems

·        Ability to configure, debug and test cloud infrastructure platforms, software and hardware

·        Knowledge with multiple programming languages

·        A bachelor’s degree and five or more years of experience as a system engineer

Tech Job #4.      Data scientist

While you need a BI analyst to help understand and communicate data patterns from a business perspective, a data scientist is the person who helps gather, process and analyze data. They should also be skilled in communicating those findings and offering recommendations to others in the business.

Skills and experience to look for:

·        Programming languages (specifically Python or Java)

·        Strong analytical skills

·        Strong mathematical skills

·        A masters or Ph.D.

Tech Job #5.      Database developer

Database developers are responsible for managing database architecture and developing new database servers. They’re tasked with developing database systems based off front-end-user requirements using SQL code. These IT professionals need strong problem-solving and troubleshooting skills as well as a long list of technical skills required to develop and maintain the database systems they build.

Skills and experience to look for:

·        Experience with a variety of database technologies and programming languages, such as Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services, NoSQL databases, big data infrastructure, Hadoop, JavaScript, HTML, PHP and Oracle

·        Strong problem-solving and troubleshooting skills

·        Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field

Tech Job #6.      Developer (web, software, mobile)

Web, software and mobile Developers are responsible for designing, installing, testing and maintaining the appropriate systems. The job requires coding, designing and building applications, websites or mobile apps, working with multiple programming languages such as C#, C++, HTML, Java, Microsoft .NET and SQL Server. Developers need to be able to understand client requirements and be able to provide recommendations for improving web, software and mobile applications to ensure they meet user needs.

Skills and experience to look for:

·        Knowledge of multiple programming languages

·        Analytical and technical skills

·        Strong communication skills

·        Bachelor’s degree in computer science

·        Two-year associate degree with certifications, bootcamps and prior work experience

Tech Job #7.      DevOps engineer

DevOps practices encourage faster code deployment with fewer deployment failures, so more companies are hiring engineers with DevOps experience to oversee coding, scripting and processes development. DevOps engineers often manage IT infrastructure, provision resources, oversee software testing and monitor performance after release. These workers help simplify code updates, allowing companies to constantly tweak and improve processes in the organization for maximum efficiency.

Skills and experience to look for:

·        Coding and scripting skills

·        Automation, data management and IT operations skills

·        Deep understanding of DevOps best practices

·        Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Tech Job #8.      Full-stack developer

Full-stack developers are developers who have knowledge in every stage of software development. They aren’t necessarily experts in every area, but they have working knowledge of the key principles of development, including: servers, networks, hosting, relational and nonrelational databases, QA, APIs, UX and UI design, security and working with customer or business requirements.

Skills and experience to look for:

·        Multiple years of experience working in multiple areas of development

·        Strong programming skills and an understanding of multiple programming languages

·        Extensive experience working across the development process and an ability to work within client requirements

·        A bachelor’s degree in computer science or higher

Tech Job #9.      Help desk and desktop support professionals

For customer-facing businesses, the help desk is an important part of running an efficient business. As the first line of defense for customer service and troubleshooting, help desk workers need to have the right technical and soft skills for the job. Robert Half Technology breaks out the role of help desk technician into three tiers, given that the job description and requirements can vary significantly based on the business.

Skills and experience to look for:

·        Tier 1: entry-level positions that require less than two years of experience, an associate degree or coursework at a technical school

·        Tier 2: positions requiring two to four years of experience, a two-year or bachelor’s degree and relevant work experience

·        Tier 3: four or more years of experience in a help desk setting, bachelor’s degree in a related field and professional certifications

Tech Job #10.  IoT specialist

An internet of things (IoT) specialist is an IT professional who is an expert in at least one or more of the following IoT disciplines: devices, connectivity, edge and cloud analytics, enterprise integration, platforms, and development and DevOps. If your business relies heavily on one or two aspects of IoT, hiring a specialist will help the organization stay on top of trends, compliance and the scaling of IoT technology over time.

Skills and experience to look for:

·        Expert in one or more niche areas of IoT

·        Experience working with IoT tools, applications, devices, software and hardware

·        Commitment to continuing IoT education


If you are searching for a Tech Job for 2019, be sure to reach out to our IT Recruiters in Windham, Boston, or Raleigh, NC.

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Eric Ryals, Southeast Vice President at The Autumn Group