Interested in a technology career, but not sure which path to take? Use evidence to help guide you—specifically, evidence from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Each year, the BLS analyses demand for thousands of different occupations and makes predictions about how these occupations will grow over the next ten years. Over the decade 2012-2022, the BLS predicts that overall demand for workers of all kinds will rise 11% nationally. Here are a few fast-growing IT career paths that are set to beat the average.
Data Analysts – Classed as “Computer and Information Research Scientists” by the BLS, data analysts have been important to the sciences for more than a generation. In our wired world, however, they’re playing important roles in business, banking, and marketing as they mine huge tranches of corporate data for insights that can improve products, refine processes, or manage risk.
Growth for data analysts is expected to top 15% over the next ten years.[i] If you want to pursue data analysis roles, you’ll need at least a master’s degree in analytics or computer science.
Computer and Information Systems Managers – This classification covers job titles from “CIO” to “information technology manager”. Information systems managers direct the teams that design, deploy, and maintain the systems that today’s organizations rely on. They usually manage teams of developers and administrators.
Growth for this class of IT professional should also reach 15% over the 2012-2022 period.[ii] If you want to pursue this type of career, you’ll need a degree—most likely a graduate degree—that spans both business/organizational knowledge and specific IT engineering skills.
Software Developers – Software developers design, code, and test the operating systems and applications that make modern life possible. They may work for software companies, consultancies, or in-house at large corporations, developing specific programs that control customer relationship management records, industrial processes, and other critical functions. Software developers with specific game design skills may also work for video game companies or computer animation companies.
The BLS predicts that software developer job openings should grow by 22% between 2012-2022—an additional 222,600 jobs across the country.[iii] You can pursue this occupation with a bachelor’s degree in information technology or computer science.
Computer Systems Analysts – Computer systems analysts use their knowledge of information technology and their understanding of company procedure to develop IT systems that meet the needs of users. They are responsible for assessing their client’s needs, developing a system, testing it, and maintaining it as necessary.
There should be demand for an additional 127,700 jobs in this category over the next ten years—a growth rate of 25%.[iv] Entry-level roles in this field require a bachelor’s degree. A graduate degree in information systems management or information systems engineering can help you pursue advanced roles.
Information Security Analysts – It seems like there’s another high-profile data security breach in the news every morning. Information security analysts are definitely in-demand to prevent leaks, theft, and hacking of computer systems. This IT career path has the fastest projected growth rate of all technology-related occupations, at 37%– an additional 27,400 jobs through 2022.[v]