Which technology jobs are in highest demand as we head into spring? That’s a vital question for anyone who’s looking for a new role at the moment. The good news is, no matter what your skills, there are jobs in a variety of areas, from software engineering to product management.
For data on employer demand, we turn to Burning Glass, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings from across the country. We filtered technology job post data by the past 90 days, for insight into which positions are seeing sustained demand. Here are the results:
While there are many tech roles in high demand, it’s clear that software developer/engineer is very much in the lead by a large margin. That’s not surprising: With COVID-19 vaccinations on the rise and a general sense that the economy has stabilized, more companies are engaging in longer-term planning and product roadmaps, and they’re hiring software developers and engineers to build the products they’ll need over the next several years. Burning Glass states that the median software engineer salary is $101,235, but that obviously varies with factors such as experience, skills, and the company at which you work.
That rising demand is also why we’re seeing consistent demand for project and program managers, who are generally tasked with guiding engineers and developers through the product-development lifecycle. It’s a complicated job, but often a well-compensated one; for example, product managers at Google and Amazon can easily pull down six-figure salaries. According to Burning Glass, the starting salary for product managers (i.e., those with zero to two years of experience) is around $83,000.
According to CompTIA, U.S. technology employment continued to rise last month, with tech-sector companies adding 9,700 jobs. “With employer hiring activity spanning all 50 states and the District of Columbia, it confirms the broad-based demand for tech talent,” Tim Herbert, executive vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA. “Technology underpins just about every business across every industry sector across every state and we’re seeing that in the hiring data.”
No matter what your role or skill-set, that’s great news for the coming year.