Look at The Hottest Jobs in IT for 2016

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The IT industry continues to boom, with more and more exciting roles opening up for skilled workers all the time. Some of these are more enticing than others though, meaning that they get a huge amount of interest from applicants. But what exactly are these roles, and how can you increase your chances of landing your dream job?

Before we look at the roles, it is important to say this though: with the competition you’ll face for every role within the IT industry, it’s highly likely that you won’t succeed with your first application. Or your second. Or even your third. This is why you really have to be thick-skinned and persistent if you want to break into the industry! You’ll get there in the end, but it might take a little time though…

So, below you’ll find a list of some of the best IT jobs for 2016, provided by Couno – a company that certainly knows a lot about the IT industry!

Data Scientist

This role was recently voted as the best job in America for 2016, so expect lots of competition when applying. It essentially involves trawling through huge amounts of information, with the goal of providing insights into specific areas or problems. It’s a role that is expected to grow by about 15% over the next five years, and it is also a role that pays exceedingly well, with many data scientists earning upwards of £80,000 per year.

All of the world’s big tech companies, such as IBM, employ multiple data scientists in their teams, and working for one of these larger companies can lead to great career progression. To become a data scientist, you’ll need to have proven incredibly high levels of skills in the fields of programming and statistics, plus you should take every opportunity possible to acquaint yourself with the idea of “Big Data.”

Software Engineer

This is a position that has been around for years, but it is still as popular as ever. Software engineers can have a huge range of different remits, and often hold hugely influential positions within organisations, helping to shape the company’s future. The salary for a good software engineer can be anything up to £100,000, however most hover around the £60,000 mark. Software engineers are in huge demand, which is expected to rise by 22% by 2022.

To become a software engineer, you’ll almost certainly need to have a good degree in software engineering, and the best engineers will earn this from one of the more recognised universities. A degree is not enough though, as you should also be prepared to keep up with new trends and continue your education long after your time at university comes to an end.

Computer Programmer

This might not seem like a particularly exciting entry on the list, however the fact is this: computer programming has, is, and always will be, a massive area in the world of IT. Programmers write the code that turn the ideas of others into reality, and are the backbone of any successful company. They are also rewarded incredibly well, with many programmers receiving salaries in the range of £50,000 per year.

Because nearly every large company constantly needs programmers, there are many jobs out there, however there are also many applicants. To stand out, you’ll need to exhibit fantastic knowledge of coding, preferably in a number of languages, and also have a good education behind you.

Cyber Security

The term “cyber security” can actually encompass a number of different roles, and it is one of the fastest growing areas of IT. With the amount of data companies need to protect only increasing – as well as the number of people looking to exploit this data also going up – companies need the best people to ensure their data is safe. In fact, they need them so much that they’re prepared to pay salaries of around £60,000 per year, depending on experience.

There are a number of different courses you can do to make yourself stand out from the crowd, however the best is perhaps the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) course. These courses aren’t cheap, however they are well worth it in the end.

Mobile Developers

Mobile computing is absolutely massive, and every day huge numbers of new apps are released onto the market. Mobile developers are the people who make these apps a reality, turning a concept into the finished article. Most will oversee a team and be responsible for large and important projects, and the salary for this is rewarding, with most earning around £60,000 per year.

The best mobile developers have loads of experience in creating apps for both Apple and Android products, plus they also have strong knowledge of Worklight Studio and other similar areas. This is an exciting area to be in, as the world of mobile computing is one that will only grow in the coming years…

The five jobs listed above are, of course, only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to working in the IT industry. It’s one of the most rewarding industries to be a part of, and the salaries aren’t too bad either!

Ms. Career Girl

Ms. Career Girl was started in 2008 to help ambitious young professional women figure out who they are, what they want and how to get it.