As many organizations shifting to digital transformation, popular IT jobs will move by 2020 to incorporate positions focused on advanced technologies like AI (Artificial Intelligence), machine learning, blockchain, augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR), and IoT (Internet of Things).

The demand of tech job openings is expected to rise by 12% by 2024, which will lead a significant number of employees getting to be available to IT professionals hoping to get into space, as indicated by Modis’ report.

In this highly competitive IT job market, it is essential to be aware of the technologies that are trending. Whether you are a new entrant or veteran IT profession in the tech area, these top trending technology jobs will guide you to plan your next profession moves.

Now, let’s look at the top trending technology job you should watch for in 2019.

1) Cybersecurity

Cybercrime is the biggest threat to every business in the world. Companies have recognized the importance of cybersecurity to secure their own and customers’ data.

Hence, skills and expertise of networks, database, and encryption have become one of the most-demanded skill sets for the tech industry today. There is a massive shortage of potential cybersecurity professional who can fit for a niche — however, the considerable level of certifications required to specialize in this field.

According to cybersecurity ventures report predictions, Cybercrime damages will cost the world around $6 trillion annually by 2021. Therefore, even if you do end up spending a few years to learn and develop your skills, you are guaranteed to get a job in this niche without trouble.

Cybersecurity job roles range from security engineer to Chief Security Officer to ethical hacker and offer a promising career path. According to experts prediction, there will be a 3.5 million cybersecurity job openings by 2021 — the average salary of Cybersecurity professionals around $116,000.

2) Data science

According to Glassdoor report, Data scientist is the No.1 high-demanded job in the USA from past three consecutive years. And it is expected to continue its top position in 2019 as well.

With the rise of big data, IoT and machine learning, data scientists have become a key factor for many organizations from banking and finance to health care to drug discovery. — the average salary of data scientist professionals around $95,000.

For every business, data is a crucial factor, and they need a skilled professional who can effectively organize and analyze this data. IoTs are producing a remarkable amount of data (structured and unstructured), and that quantity is increasing exponentially. Naturally, data scientists have turned into the most-demanded professionals in the market.

3) Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is one of the rapidly growing technologies and has gained more popularity among all kind of organizations such as manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, advertising, and more.

AI help businesses to increase automation, optimize logistics, streamline workflow, improve customer support management, and more. It also has potential to effects on our day-to-day life like how we live, work and play but it is in the early stages.

As the increasing adoption rate of AI technology across the companies to boost their business, the demand for workers with AI skills is growing consistently over the last three years. Experts predict that this adoption will lead to eliminating around 1.8 million jobs by 2020. However, on the other side, AI will create about 2.3 million new jobs by 2020.

The new jobs will fall into categories of programming, development, testing, support and maintenance and more. Artificial Intelligence architect is one such position, and it is going be a competitor for data scientist for high-demand profession. In case you didn’t know, the average salary of AI programmer  $100,000 – $150,000 whereas AI engineer around $ 171,715.

4) Machine Learning

Machine learning (ML) technology can influence almost every industry such as manufacturing, healthcare, education, marketing and more. This tech sphere has sub-platforms such as Deep learning, NLP (Natural Language Processing) and Neural networks.

According to IDC predictions, the investment on AI and ML will grow from AI and ML will grow from $12B in 2017 to $57.6B by 2021. Due to growth in the machine learning industry, jobs in this technology are increasing.  There are 4,000 job listings posted on LinkedIn alone. The average salary of a machine learning Engineer is $143,949.

5) Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality—along with AI and automation—are changing the lives of individuals both at home and in the working environment. VR, which is tied in with offering people an automated, digital environment, and AR innovation, which is tied in with building computer graphics designs that exist in a typical environment, have now been adopted and used across many industry sectors.

Augmented reality and Virtual reality are going to play a crucial role in technological advancements that we witness in the coming years. They have more potential for influencing the gaming world, education sector, and manufacturing sector utilities of our life. It will impact the way people live and flourish.

AR is looking to outpace VR for growth and profitability. According to experts prediction, the VR industry will be worth around $25 billion, while AR will be about an incredible $133 billion by 2022. As per Statista report, AR & VR market is expected to rise $215 billion by 2021 from $6.1 billion in 2016.

From major companies like Google, Samsung, Facebook, Snap (Snapchat), HTC, and NVIDIA to startups are hiring skilled professionals. The average salary of VR & AR professionals around $75,000 to $80,000.

6) Blockchain

It is another fastest growing technology. Blockchain can impact many industries such as banking, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, security and more. In simplest terms, blockchain is a digital, decentralized database.

Once the data entered, it is virtually impossible to delete it without the original password. As a direct result, the usage of blockchain technology has been increasing significantly across many industries.

As the popularity of blockchain rising, the demand for skilled professionals also increasing. Industries have rapidly invested in hiring for professional related to the blockchain. As per the Glassdoor report, the need for blockchain professional has risen 300% since last year.

Here are some blockchain related jobs in demand: Blockchain developer, project manager, quality engineer, consultant,  designer, engineer. The average salary of Blockchain professionals is between $150,000 – $175,000.

7) Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is one of the fastest growing technology. The massive adoption of cloud technology solutions has sparked a hiring boom in the cloud computing field. Businesses are scrambling to gain advantages by the cloud-based solutions offered by the service providers like AWS (Amazon Web Services), Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure.

Meanwhile,  the demand for tech experts with expertise in Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud computing is expected to rise profoundly in the near future.

According to Gartner report, the cloud-based services market is expected to rise 17.3% ($206 billion) in 2019, up from $175.8 billion in the last year 2018 and by 2022, 90% of enterprises will use cloud services.

Therefore, professionals with proper skills and certifications for these cloud-based platforms are in for a promising career in the coming years — the median salary of cloud computing professionals around $146,350.

8) Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been in charge of every single significant development in technology in the past few years.

As per 2017 industry reports, the need for IoT experts has risen by over 300% since 2014. This growth is probably going to continue in 2019, as an ever-increasing number of associations adoption IoT platforms over enterprises.

By 2020, the number of IoT devices is expected to reach 30 billion from 8.4 billion. The job of an IoT expert requests various abilities over controls like cloud systems, methods, development, business integration, connectivity, and edge, among others. IoT pros are relied upon to stay updated with the emerging IoT trends and align the procedures of associations up to speed with these trends.

The market of IoT is expected to grow up to $ 561.04 Billion by 2022, from $ 170.57 Billion in 2017. There are 11,000 jobs listed on LinkedIn alone. IoT is poised to be the next tech jobs boom.

Gartner predicts that more than 1 million jobs will be needed to deliver business services and applications for IoT. The average salary of IoT professionals is around $59,849 – $123,163.

I hope that any of these above trending technology jobs will set you well on your way to a successful new tech career in 2019 and beyond. 

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Amarendra Babu L is a professional content contributor at MindMajix.com - Online global training platform connecting individuals with the best trainers around the globe. His work has been published on various sites related to Big Data, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, Data Science, AI & ML, Project Management, and more. Connect with him on Linkedin.

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