According to a recent survey from recruiting company Robert Half Technology, 16% of chief information officers plan to expand their teams in the first half of 2014. That means right now employers are looking to fill positions for software engineers, mobile developers and IT managers — a few of the hottest tech jobs this year.
“Everyone knows the tech industry will continue to sizzle in 2014, but where employers are really focusing big is investment, innovation and hiring across mobile, big data, analytics and privacy,” Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor community expert, tells Mashable. “If a job seeker has experience in any of these areas, it’s likely he or she is going to be a hot commodity.”
On Glassdoor, a free community offering an inside look at careers and companies, Dobroski says it’s clear that tech professionals enjoy their jobs. The reason? In addition to “a very handsome average base salary,” tech jobs offer challenging, satisfying work.
“We see a few common themes as to why data scientists are very satisfied in their jobs, including working on innovative technology, helping others solve problems through data and analytics, and challenging work, such as figuring out how to store and take advantage of growing data sets,” he says.
And while tech jobs often require a background in computer or data science, you don’t necessarily have to be an engineer to break into the scene. Matt McGraw, CEO of recruiting agency TheLions (specializing in San Francisco- and Silicon Valley-based startups), says sales is a great way to enter the industry.
“For recent graduates, sales development is perhaps the best opportunity for non-engineers to get into startups with a $100,000 career track,” McGraw tells Mashable. “Many companies [such as] Salesforce, LinkedIn, Box, Marketo, Oracle, etc. hire dozens of those people right out of school. What they want to see is sales work or internships during college — for example, alumni donations calling and sales internships.”
Sean Akaks, one of TheLions’ account executives, agrees with McGraw. “In an emerging technology company, especially one selling enterprise software, its sales team is arguably one of the most crucial after the product and engineering teams,” he says. “A company isn’t a company without revenue, and the right salespeople can be its greatest asset.”
In the gallery above, we’ve compiled eight of the hottest tech jobs for the new year — jobs that are increasingly popular with both employers and candidates in the space. The positions range from entry level to senior level (even within certain jobs themselves), but are not ranked in any particular order.
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