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It’s the start of a New Year, which means that a sizable percentage of technologists are hunting for new jobs—and companies are on the lookout for talent. With that in mind, which jobs are employers having the hardest time filling?

Based on an analysis of data from Burning Glass, which collects millions of job postings from across the country, it’s clear that companies are very interested in two things: Building out their infrastructure, and finding people to analyze the data produced by that infrastructure. That demand has resulted in lengthy times to fill particular positions, as you can see from the chart below.

For the purposes of this study, we’ve focused on a selection of major tech hubs, including:

  • San Francisco
  • Silicon Valley
  • New York/NJ
  • Washington/Arlington, VA
  • Los Angeles
  • Austin
  • Dallas
  • Chicago
  • Boston/Cambridge
  • Denver

Within those tech hubs, product manager was the job with the longest time-to-fill (47 days), followed by business intelligence architect/developer (45 days), then network engineer/architect (41 days). As we said, it’s clear that, despite some rumblings from analysts that a recession might hit sometime in 2020, companies are very much in an expansionary mood, with projects to manage and infrastructure to build out, as well as business data to analyze for insight. Other in-demand jobs included:

For technologists, a list like this is pretty good news; it suggests employers aren’t just hungry for highly specialized jobs such as machine-learning experts, but really want a full range of skilled employees to handle fundamental tasks.

Another uplifting fact: As you might expect, many of these in-demand jobs offer six-figure paychecks (in fact, that SEO specialists earn an average of $41,581 seems a tad low). Specializations and certifications can increase that amount; for example, network and systems engineers who add a cybersecurity certification could see an uptick in salary.

The data in this chart is over the past 30 days; when compared data from the beginning of the fourth quarter 2019, you can see that many of these jobs (most notably network engineer/architect) have remained in-demand for quite some time. If you have the skills for any of these positions, employers clearly want to hear from you.