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7 of the hottest jobs for 2019

Sunday, December 30, 2018

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With the constant evolution that is digital technology — think: Internet of Things (IoT), aritifical intelligence (AI), and cybersecurity — there is little wonder that some of the most in-demand jobs for 2019, according to recruiters and career site experts consulted by TechRepublic , are in the tech world. Here are seven of the hottest jobs for the new year.

1 Data scientist

Named the number one best job in America by Glassdoor for the past three consecutive years, data scientists are expected to remain in high demand in 2019, as nearly every company now has the ability to collect data, and all need employees who can effectively organise and analyse this information.

2 Cybersecurity engineer

ISecurity is a major concern for companies and consumers alike in our connected world, with IoT security becoming a particular area of focus as connected devices become staples in daily life and cybercriminals seek out ways to exploit them.

“Because of this emphasis on organisational safety, we're seeing a huge upswing in the number of security engineer jobs meant to be the first line of defence to safeguard lucrative products and services,” said Marc Cenedella, CEO and founder of executive job search site Ladders.

Stephen Zafarino, vice-president of national recruiting for recruiting agency Mondo, added: “Companies are definitely looking to figure out how we can protect these new products that we're putting online and make sure they're not a vulnerability.”

3 AI/machine learning engineer

The explosion in AI and machine learning technologies across the tech world has led to increased demand for these professionals.

“Everyone's trying to figure out ways to optimise their businesses and their practices, and how to automate and make their day-to-day lives a little bit easier, or a little bit more productive and functional,” Zafarino said.

4 Python developer

The rise of AI and machine learning technologies has led to increased demand for Python developers, Zafarino said. Notwithstanding the fact that Java continues to dominate the enterprise, primarily as a result of the rapid expansion of the cloud, Python is currently the fastest-growing programming language. It is also relatively easy to learn, and has a large developer community.

5 Cloud engineer

Job postings that include the terms cloud computing or cloud engineer have gone up 27 per cent since 2015, according to Indeed. “As companies move away from an on-premise infrastructure model to a cloud-first approach when upgrading or designing new environments, the need to hire technologists with cloud experience has increased dramatically,” said Paul Wallenberg, head of technology recruiting services at staffing and recruiting firm LaSalle Network.

6 Scrum master

Organisations are increasingly turning to Scrum to organise software development, and this method will break out even more in 2019, Cenedella said. “Thousands of companies are hiring so-called scrum masters for the purposes of achieving excellence in self-organisation and making changes quickly in their Agile environments,” he added.

7 DevOps engineer

As the DevOps workflow grows increasingly popular, more organisations are seeking DevOps engineers, according to Indeed. The number of job postings mentioning DevOps rose from less than one per cent in 2012 to more than 24 per cent in 2017, another Indeed report found.

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