How to Get a Tech Job in 2020

Resolving to get hired? If you’re looking to land a new job in the tech field this year, you’re in luck. Whether you’re changing jobs or looking to completely change your career path, 2020 could be the right year for you to find that tech gig. Here’s how to get started.

What Roles Are Growing?

In-demand roles are ones that are being added to companies and will need lots more new hires. According to The Balance, some of the fastest growing tech jobs this year (and beyond) will include: 

  • Database Administrator (Projected growth: 11% by 2026)
  • Software Developer (Projected growth: 24% through 2026)
  • Web Developer (Projected growth: 15% by 2022)
  • Computer Systems Analyst (Projected growth: 9% by 2026)
  • Mobile App Developer (Projected growth: 57% through 2020)
  • Market Research Analyst (Projected growth: 32% through 2022), and
  • Information Security Analyst (Projected growth: 28% through 2026)

This isn’t to say that these are the only tech jobs that have growth potential – in fact, it’s just a drop in the bucket. Tech jobs are often changing as fast as the world around them. Look at trends at big tech conferences, like January’s CES gathering, to spot new trends and areas that might be primed for new growth as the new decade continues. 

Tech Skills You Should Brush Up On in 2020

To get hired in a great tech job this year, think about adding to your skills or adding some new fields of study to your education. Tech jobs require a lot of skills that are teachable, like certain software or programming languages, as well as the soft skills to make those skills into a successful career. 

This year, look to add to your skill set with some of these top tech picks for the new year, as identified by CNBC:

Programming language:

  • Python: Used for software development and data analysis, among, other uses. Jobs that use Python skills include a Data Engineer and Python Developer.
  • Django: Uses Python to build free and open-source web frameworks. Jobs that use Django include Senior Back End Engineer and Software Developer.

JavaScript-based:

  • React (web): Helps to build user interfaces.
  • Angular: An open-source front-end web framework.

Jobs that use React and Angular skills include JavaScript Developer and UI Engineer.

Other Softwares:

  • Docker: A platform used to make software packages referred to as “containers”. Jobs that use Docker skills include Software Engineer and IT Specialist. 

Cloud-Based: 

  • Amazon AWS: Get this certification to show your cloud computing skills. Jobs that use AWS skills include Cloud Solution Architects and Back End Engineers.

AI-based:

  • Deep learning: A subset of machine learning (where machines use AI to gain knowledge), DL is where artificial neural networks (similar to the human brain) learn from large datasets. Types of jobs that use deep learning skills include Artificial Intelligence Engineers and Data Science Directors.

App development software:

  • React Native (mobile): A Facebook-created open source mobile app framework used to make more apps. Jobs that use React Native include React Native Developers and Senior Mobile Developers.

Where should you learn these new tech skills? Besides going back to school, many professionals look to part-time or online courses they can complete – often with an employer’s support! Try Cognixia for a first look at new skill courses in 2020!

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