Which industries are seeking the most technologists? That’s a crucial question to answer if you’re deciding where you want to work next.
Nonprofit association CompTIA recently crunched data from Emsi Burning Glass, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings from across the country, and found that professional, scientific, and technical services had the greatest demand for technologists in September 2021, followed by manufacturing, finance and insurance, and information. Here’s the full chart:
These top categories all make sense. For example, manufacturing companies everywhere have spent the past several years figuring out how to automate their production, a process that requires technologists skilled in everything from artificial intelligence (A.I.) to robotics. Finance and insurance is another category ripe for technological disruption, with companies actively hunting for data scientists, machine-learning experts, and other technologists.
Within professional, scientific, and technical services (an extremely broad category), there’s always demand for technologists, as well. CompTIA’s data also shows that, while well-established tech hubs such as New York City and San Francisco continue to pull in technologists, there’s noticeably rising hunger for tech workers in smaller cities such as Boise, Little Rock, and Salt Lake City. Take a look at these up-and-comers:
Granted, the tech communities in these cities aren’t nearly as large as their counterparts in the major tech hubs (where demand in individual cities can fluctuate by thousands of jobs every month), but these gains illustrate how many smaller cities across the country are proving popular with technologists. Virtually every company these days needs technologists to do everything from build websites and apps to analyze data; that fact, combined with the rise of remote work in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, will likely translate into increased opportunity for technologists everywhere.