The tech industry is notorious for moving fast and paying well. But not every job in tech is as in demand as you might expect. In fact, as a candidate in the tech industry, it’s essential to keep your finger on the pulse of the job market to know what it is that employers are looking for from their employees today, but also tomorrow. Here’s a brief look at the most in-demand tech jobs this year, and what they could mean to you as a candidate.

1. AI Architect

We’ve heard about the growing demand for AI in a business context for years, but it’s now becoming increasingly commonplace in both business and in consumer’s lives. In 2020, companies are on the hunt for skilled workers to help meet the demand for AI-enabled products and services. Most companies look for an AI architect who has at least a master’s degree in computer science, data science, or AI, as well as experience working in data or analytics.

Candidates with knowledge of machine learning, natural language processing, AI integration, AI application programming, and change management experience are in high demand. If you have those skills, you are well-positioned to succeed, but help yourself stand out from the (growing) crowd by emphasizing your communication and collaboration skills. Because we all know both are critical to help get leadership on board with the drastic changes that AI offers up.

2. Business Intelligence Analyst

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 present yourself as someone with the skills to understand an organization’s unique data needs and then communicate those out to stakeholders. It’s a role with growing importance as businesses pivot from harvesting to making sense of data.

3. Cloud Architect

Cloud architects are in charge of overseeing a 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 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.

4. Data (analyst, scientist, engineer)

No surprise here, but data is in high demand. But it’s not just the numbers that matter, but what a business decides to do with those numbers that drive demand. That’s where data specialists come in. Companies need data scientists, analysts, and engineers to help store, sort, and analyze data collected by the organization. Data can be highly sensitive — so it’s important to have knowledgeable workers who can make use of valuable data without putting the company at risk. Depending on the role, you’ll want to highlight your degree (which competing candidates may have in anything ranging from a bachelor’s in computer science or data science to a Ph.D. with have extensive programming experience).

The skills an employer is looking for here include experience gathering and processing raw data, the ability to provide insights into data sets and to communicate findings to business leaders, experience identifying new sources of data for an organization, and also experience working with technology and engineering teams on data integration projects.

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