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10 hot up-and-coming computer careers

As the world grows more technical, you can expect IT job opportunities to pop up in some unusual places.

Reports from the U.S. Dept of Labor (DoL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate that the top ten fastest growing, high-demand careers between 2000-2014 show a significant number of IT-related jobs.

In addition to the usual tech career areas--network administrator, tech support person, security expert--some more are popping up in unusual places.

Computermajors.com lists some these areas of tech that they think will grow in the next few years:

Environmental Simulations Developer--This is a developer who will both develop accurate environmental models, run simulations, and collect data. Video Game Developer--This area can only grow. Also, computermajors says that video games will be entering new domains, such as the health and education industries, on much larger scales. Bioinformatics Simulations Modeling. Bioinformatics is the study of genomes, gene sequencing, protein structures, etc., all of which help advance medical discoveries. 3D Animation Technician--If James Cameron and the likes of his Avatar are any indication, the demand for this kind of technician will grow. Medical Modeling Systems Developer and Technician--The ever-evolving world of medical science needs advanced computer systems to model new technology. Digital Film Production Assistant and Technician--According to the computermajors site, "While actual reel film might have its advantages and still be in use, post production-wise the trend is digital - both for movies and TV - using sophisticated computer systems that require a specialized training to use. Add to this the pending widespread use of HDTV (High-Def) broadcasting, and the distribution of content online, and additional technical careers will no doubt be available to be filled." Training Software Developer--There are opportunities for digital entrepreneurs in building paid membership websites that teach specific topics. Visual and Audio Content Producers--Online businesses are going to increase the creation of compelling visual and audio content, therefore familiarity with high-level codes like Action Script and the ability to use video screen capture software such as Camtasia Studio will be very marketable.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

17 comments
jkameleon
jkameleon

... the idea of computer careers being "hot" is kinda... weird. Sounds like hot agricultural careers, or hot cleaning careers. Video, audio, video game, and the rest of the 3D stuff will probably be offshored to KCC Pyongyang. It seems to be specialized in that. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0ebBZqJDic The rest is also purely technical stuff, the most offshoreable kind of software in existance. Environment and biology is the same in the USA, Europe, China, India, Africa, North Korea, and elsewhere. Careers in such fields are not worth pursuing, because they are on perpetual quest for the cheapest place on Earth.

hauskins
hauskins

I can see where these might be the majority of new IT related jobs that are coming into the market. And note that I said related. Using IT is somewhat different from doing IT. In order for the Bioinformatics, film, and modeling people, they need the software that does the job. I like to view IT jobs as "Creators" vs "Users"

mbrown
mbrown

Most of these are trending away from IT towards the business side, which is great and I myself have made that transition in the past; however, the real IT jobs are developing the software for those business related careers.

jck
jck

Sadly...if those are the hot careers, I will definitely be leaving I.T. Unless of course, I go back to medical school and then I'd go into Bioinformatics. Otherwise, I think I.T. has really gone from technical people to being full of toolset/wizard users. The command prompt needs to make a comeback. :^0

Jxoco
Jxoco

I think the 'and technician' on two of the careers counts as the missing two.

jmantz
jmantz

I am missing something, I only see 8 careers here

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

That sounds dirty. While it might pay well, with the right set of assets, and the right amount of self-respect (i.e. very very small), the market for it is pretty small I guess. The people that might be interested don't have the money, or are married.

sawriters
sawriters

Using just two categories could get you into a lot of murky waters for example: Is the developer that writes my new fin services app a creator or a user? He "Creates" my app but "Uses" C# and SQL to do it. Just asking...

Realvdude
Realvdude

Most of these I would catagorize as "computer based" careers, not "computer careers". Obviously some of them are closer than others.

info
info

Things are only going to get easier for the laymen to accomplish. The only thing saving us so far is the problems they run into from bringing out new technology so quickly, without proper testing... ...and you forgot to add Novell CNE to your list of upcoming IT careers! ;)

Gate keeper
Gate keeper

IPv6 conversion consultant. in the next few years helping companies transition from IPv4-to-dual-stack-toIPv6 is going to be a big feild.

sawriters
sawriters

Actually it's an add-on to the Training Software Developer. The software is great but there is a huge market for training content developers or rapid e-learning developers. What's use is the software if you don't have anyone to use it?

ChrisEvans
ChrisEvans

Cant do the development work but happy to apply for the beta test ;)