Top 5 in-demand tech jobs to pursue in 2023
The year 2023 started as a challenging year for many businesses and job seekers in tech. As technology continues to advance and transform our world, so do the opportunities for those seeking to work in the tech industry. Whether you’re a seasoned tech professional or just starting, these five hottest tech jobs are worth considering in 2023.
In an increasingly automated world, software developers are the most in-demand tech role in 2023. There are 171,913 jobs nationwide, with an average salary of $131,398.
It could then seem odd to find out that many software developers were on the layoff list, too, during the recent big tech culls because job cuts usually give off the impression that the axed jobs are obsolete and dispensable. However, from today’s vantage point, it’s clear this is not true for software developers. Instead, we see this as an outcry among companies over business growth that wasn’t meeting expectations against high inflation and spiraling costs and their frustration over the widening skills gaps. The hiring spotlight on software developers reflects that organizations are still committed to investing in software developers. They need new blood and ideas to steer through the uncertain times and future-proof their business.
Fuelled by the pandemic, the software is integral to nearly all industries nowadays, not exclusive to the tech industry. Marketers need software developers to build digital channels and data-driven solutions to attract better and retain customers. Retailers need software developers to create and maintain e-commerce marketplaces and mobile applications. In finance, software developers are needed to design, test, and maintain financial models and systems.
ICT System Developer/Architect
Opportunities for ICT system-related roles (Information and Communications Technology) are aplenty. There were 25,353 job openings for ICT System Developers in January and 14,372 opportunities for ICT System Architects.
As technology has been integrated into our lives and with the rise of hybrid working and remote working, businesses need ICT system talent to keep their daily operations onsite and offsite running smoothly. ICT system developers monitor, maintain, troubleshoot, and integrate organizational core systems infrastructure and support systems, such as desktops, hardware, software, Internet, databases, and security systems.
A product manager is one of the few roles in tech where coding expertise is usually just a bonus. Nonetheless, they’re very sought-after and often referred to as jack-of-all-trades.
In January, there were 19,195 job openings for product managers, with advertised salaries averaging $125,562. The high demand for product managers stems from their duality: Good product managers have the solid technical knowledge to communicate easily with the developers. They are also business-savvy, enabling them to understand customers’ needs and effectively collaborate with other departments, such as sales and marketing.
Their expertise in testing products or services, identifying any concerns, and solving pain points is attractive to most businesses nowadays, as many are seeking ways to cope with the fluctuating needs of the markets.
As data is becoming the modern currency for businesses, the role of a data analyst is unquestionably one of the most coveted jobs in 2023. There were 14,093 jobs up for grabs in January, a +41% year-on-year increase. Similar roles such as data engineer (12,948 jobs) and data scientists (11,365 jobs) are also in top demand. These data-centric roles are all very financially rewarding, with advertised salaries ranging from $87,227 to $148,616.
Between data analysts, data engineers, and data scientists, the role of data analysts is the least technical. Primary duties include running queries on a database, analyzing and interpreting data, and presenting and explaining the results to others with different backgrounds. In contrast, good storytelling is not key to data engineers’ success, but they are the backbone of the data team. They are responsible for designing, implementing, and managing data-streaming systems. Data scientists link data analysts and data engineers, as their duties overlap with the other two. They could be caught solving data problems, building data pipelines, and creating algorithms.
The demand for data analysts, data engineers, and data scientists is unlikely to cool down. Even though organizations collect our data day and night, they can only use a tiny percentage of it because there’s too much data to work on or they lack the expertise to unlock all the potential. As we enter an era celebrating data and technology, businesses always need data-centric specialists to back up their strategies and decision-making processes.
Cleantech, short for clean technology, is an emerging topic this year. In light of global warming and climate change, more people are looking for ways to develop technologies that can be adapted to have less of a negative impact on our planet. For example, how to revolutionize traditionally harmful industries with solutions that minimize their environmental impact. As a result, energy engineers have seen a 355% increase in demand and a 186% increase in environmental scientist postings. The average annual salaries for an energy engineer and an environmental scientist are $92,500 and $59,375, respectively.
Despite the industry shakeout, some jobs in the tech sector have risen above the economic doom and gloom. Jobseekers should take this opportunity to reassess if they’re happy with their job. If not, the next step is to evaluate their skillsets and identify the best career path.
In conclusion, the tech industry is rapidly evolving, and these five hottest tech jobs are just some of the many opportunities available. With the right skills and knowledge, you can position yourself for success in 2023 and beyond.