When the coronavirus pandemic hit, nearly all areas of society saw immediate effects. Many businesses were forced to close their doors, employees were required to work from home, and some workers were even laid off or furloughed. The tech industry, however, is beginning to take a turn for the better.
According to a recent report, tech jobs are now on the rise. During the third quarter of 2020, more than two-thirds of top employers increased hiring. Additionally, the number of senior management job postings grew in September. This is a good indication that mid-level job postings may increase in the months to come.
Evidently, the number of in-demand tech jobs is steadily increasing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, IT’s unemployment rate decreased by 2.8% in October. Last month, tech job postings increased by 14,200, reaching a total of 239,000.
Continue reading for more about the growing demand for tech jobs.
The Top States to Apply for Tech Jobs
During the third quarter of 2020, all of the top states for tech hiring contained already established or emerging technology hubs, such as California, Texas, and New York. Here’s the complete ranking of top states to apply for tech jobs.
- New York, NY
- San Francisco, CA
- Chicago, IL
- Atlanta, GA
- Austin, TX
- Los Angeles, CA
- Charlotte, NC
- San Diego, CA
- Dallas, TX
- Seattle, WA
Of these states, California came in first place with a total of 124,000 job postings. In California, the cities with the most hiring and growing demand for tech jobs were San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, and Sunnyvale. Next in the ranking was Texas, with 54,000 job postings, followed by Virginia, New York, and Florida — all in the top five.
As a result of the global pandemic, many states did not change their number of job postings from August to September. During this time, however, many states showed slight increases in job postings, including New Jersey, Arizona, Missouri, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Michigan.
Top Employers with Tech Job Postings
The third quarter of 2020 saw 68% more job postings from the top 50 employers, compared to only 32% from the previous quarter. These are the top 10 employers in the tech industry during quarter three.
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- General Dynamics
Each company had its own priorities, but these 10 were among the corporations that hired the most workers in the tech industry. The tech skills that these employers were looking for included Linux, agile development, Java, Oracle, Python, SQL, systems development lifecycle (SDL), and more.
Today’s In-demand Tech Jobs
From software developers to project managers, companies in the tech industry made it a goal to ramp up hiring as employees moved to a remote work environment and the need for network and systems engineers increased across the board.
The need for cybersecurity professionals also increased as companies required more security teams led by those with exceptional tech skills. In cybersecurity, the most in-demand tech jobs include cybersecurity manager, IT director, Python developer, software development manager, backend developer.
The growing demand for tech jobs also included tech support positions, such as computer support specialists, help desk technicians, and technical support engineers.
Here are the 10 fastest-growing tech jobs, according to Indeed, ranked from those that are posted least to most frequently.
- Senior technical director
- Server architect
- Junior software consultant
- Junior technical support
- Senior CAD operator
- Junior technical consultant
- Junior enterprise architect
- Entry-level PC technician
- Junior helpdesk
- Entry-level PHP Developer
Highly Sought-after Tech Skills
With innovation and digital transformation being the main priority for many companies, they seek candidates with specific skills to help fill their open roles. These skills are not limited to tech and science-related skills but are also related to organizational skills – which are a great help in the role – such as product management and product development.
Here are the 10 most in-demand tech skills for jobs in the field.
- Project management
- Technical support
- Quality Assurance
- Information Systems
In addition to these skills, employers are also looking for candidates who are willing to learn new emerging tech skills, like Kotlin, a new and growing language to help fix many of Java’s core issues, as well as a top language for Android development.
Apply Your Skills to a New Role
Today, the unemployment rate in the tech industry remains relatively low at 2.8%. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for technologists continues to grow. Plus, many believe this demand will only continue to increase as businesses everywhere adapt to technological advancements and long-term remote work environments.
As the demand for tech jobs grows, candidates must keep their skills sharp as they adapt to any potential job market changes. At Infinity Consulting Solutions (ICS), we are committed to keeping you abreast of any news or updates in the tech industry.
With the help of our recruiting and tech experts, ICS is glad to provide you with the guidance and resources you need when looking for new roles. Contact us today to learn more about how to begin the search for your dream job.