In a look at five of the fastest growing occupations, in terms of numbers hired, through 2016, the CareerGuide site reports that the top two are in IT.
According to the article, these are the top two fastest growing IT careers through 2016:Network systems and data communications analysts. This specialty includes a number of tasks in relation to data communications systems, like designing, analyzing, testing, and assessing systems and their performance. The rise from 262,000 employees in 2006 to 402,000 in 2016 represents a 53.4 percent increase over that span - that's 140,000 new jobs. The average salary for a network systems analyst is $73,800 a year. Many jobs in this field require a bachelor's degree, but some might only require a two-year degree in computer science or an information technology-related field. Computer software engineers (I covered software engineers before in this blog): Those in this specialty develop, design, test, and evaluate the software and systems that operate computers. It shows a 44.6 percent increase in jobs from 2006-2016. According to CareerGuide, the prospects are very good for job applicants with at least a bachelor's degree in software engineering or computer science and with some work experience. The average salary is $87,900.
Toni Bowers is the former 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.