Coding Your Future: Key Insights into IT Industry Trends

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Technology is changing the world, and businesses that don’t keep up will not survive. It’s a fantastic time to enter the IT industry, and skills are in increasingly high demand as every company realizes the need to have both in-house and external tech talent at the ready.

IT is one of the most reliable industries for employment in the next decade, with an expected growth of 5.5% by 2028. Technology is the single most revolutionary component of business operations worldwide, changing the way people operate and interact with the world around them. The boom in IT jobs shows no signs of slowing down, with new industries increasingly adopting new technologies and a reciprocal demand for more and more-specified technology professionals. An entire subset of the hiring industry is based entirely on finding tech talent, and this is not without reason: tech competency is one of the top 5 skills employers seek today. Tech is one of the most sought-after industries on Lensa, with 1,946,644 job postings across 1,974 job titles in 2018. But working in IT requires some former knowledge and broader industry awareness. We’ve gathered some key insights into IT work for you to consider before you make a move.

Key Insights in IT

  • Head in the Cloud. “The Cloud” has been a trendy but ambiguous term in consumer culture for years, but increasing adaptation and a growing (if amorphous) understanding by consumers means the cloud is becoming both more consumable and more marketable. There are still security challenges and a lack of trust impeding total adoption of cloud-based technologies, but user-proof solutions like Google Drive, WeTransfer and Dropbox have made a once-difficult concept easy and natural even to less tech-literate consumers, and ascension to the cloud will only increase in the coming years. 
  • All is not as it appears. Solution providers across all industries boast technologies like AI, machine learning, and blockchain, but a large group of these are not actually using them. Consumers and workers alike need to make sure that the company they’re in conversation with is selling what they’re saying. And tech providers need to be equally vigilant: as consumer awareness increases, so too does the magnitude of a compromised reputation. No one wants to be the next Theranos.
  • XaaS is only growing. “Everything as a Service” is a modern tech adaptation on the familiar SaaS model and the common derivations thereof. XaaS provides a version of “ITaaS” or “IT as a Service” that streamlines the digital proficiency of a company and provides both simplified organizational operation and new revenue streams by viewing IT as both an internal solution and an external product. XaaS will demand both increasing sophistication within a company’s tech team and the creation of new IT jobs to provide both internal and external services. This will change the way companies interact with both internal IT and their customer-facing services.
  • IT is a growing industry experiencing a significant skills gap. While plenty of people study in related fields, the massive boom in technology adaptation and the simultaneous growth of niche tech startups has created an incredible demand for IT professionals. The industry is currently experiencing an unparalleled skills gap, so it’s a great time to get your qualification and move into an IT career. This gap is especially pressing in high-level positions, meaning that qualified people have huge potential for career growth in the coming years.

Top Jobs in IT

IT jobs require greater qualification than many other industries, with at least a certificate needed as a barrier to entry. While entry-level jobs do exist, almost none of them can be acquired without at least accreditation. The payoff? A reliable, well-paying job that can result in incredible growth both personally and professionally. If you’re looking for a job in IT, now is a great time to start making moves. Lensa has gathered the top job postings for IT in 2018 to help you get started:

Metro Area Trends in IT Jobs

Tech skills are of particular demand in business centers across America, which naturally coincide with the biggest metropolitan areas due to resources and talent concentration. The areas with the highest number of job postings in IT are:

  • New York-Newark-Jersey City
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria
  • Chicago-Naperville-Elgin
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward
  • Boston-Cambridge-Newton

The concentration metrics for demand in tech jobs echo this trend and unsurprisingly have a strong Northern California slant compared to other job-posting frequencies. The areas with the highest concentration of IT job postings are:

  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (23.85%)
  • Kankakee, IL (20.41%)
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC (19.61%)
  • Trenton, NJ (17.65%)
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (16.86%)

Do you want to be in IT? Every company has IT jobs and the need for tech talent is only growing stronger. Are you ready to find your next IT job? Sign up with Lensa today to receive personalized job postings daily.

Lensa has been collecting hiring trend data since 2015, tracking over 100 million job postings and 9 million users, and we’re ready to bring that information to you through Lensa Trends.
Blog post expiration date: March 1, 2020

Paige Richmond

Paige Richmond

Paige is a Silicon Valley native who has spent the last five years based in Budapest, Hungary. After finishing her M.A. in Medieval Studies, she spent three years producing leading global HR tech conferences and building their startup product, working closely with talent industry influencers and leading practitioners. She is now a full-time content and copywriting professional.

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