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10 of the most in demand tech jobs for 2022

The global tech market is continuing to grow at an impressive rate. Gartner predicts that IT spending is projected to total $4.5 trillion in 2022, an increase of 5.5% from 2021. 

Part of the reason for that is the coronavirus pandemic, which forced a lot of companies to move online. Businesses are now embracing the future of hybrid work, which allows employees to work both in-house and remotely.

This means that businesses increasingly will increasingly have to rely on a steadfast tech infrastructure to support the changing future of work. 

With all this in mind, you might be wondering how to recruit in demand tech talent for 2022. We’ll walk you through it.

10 Most in demand tech jobs & average US salary

Below are ten of the most in demand tech jobs to consider in 2022 and the average yearly salary for each position in the US. 

However, it’s worth remembering that a tech professional’s level of education and experience, not to mention where they are located, can have an impact on the price. 

US Salaries for most in-demand tech jobs
  • IT security specialist 
  • Cloud engineer
  • Mobile app developer
  • Web developer
  • Data scientist 
  • Devops engineer
  • Chief software architect
  • Software test engineer
  • User experience (UX) designer

IT security specialist 

Cyber security is more important than ever, not only for individuals but companies as well.

An IT security specialist establishes safeguards to prevent the modification, destruction or disclosure of company data. Without a team of top IT security specialists, companies risk losing huge sums of money in data breaches. 

The ideal IT security specialist will:

  • Analyze your company’s security systems and make recommendations on how to improve them
  • Monitor the network for any signs of suspicious activity
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the biggest security risks
  • Immediately respond to any major security threats or emergencies

An IT security specialists’ salary is around $115,81 per year on average.

Cloud engineer

A cloud engineer is responsible for building and maintaining your company’s cloud infrastructure, where data is stored. They have a strong knowledge of operating systems like Windows and Linux. Usually, they work closely with DevOps engineers and Database administrators.

The ideal Cloud engineer will:

  • Have Azure, AWS, and GCP certifications
  • Be familiar with CI/CD systems and SysOps
  • Identify and resolve any cloud infrastructure vulnerabilities 

The cost of hiring a Cloud engineer comes out to about $123,363 per year. 

Mobile app developer

A mobile app developer is part of a team that designs user-friendly mobile applications

The ideal mobile app developer will:

  • Extensive knowledge of programming languages like Swift or Java, depending on what kind of operating system they develop apps for
  • Familiarity with third party libraries and APIs (application programming interfaces)

The average yearly mobile app developer salary comes out to around $114,352.

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Web developer

A web developer works on the server side of creating and maintaining website functionality. Their job is to write code that will guarantee your website functions smoothly, even during times of high user engagement. 

The ideal web developer will:

  • Knowledge of HTML/CSS as well as programming languages like JavaScript, C#, Ruby and PHP.
  • Resolve any issues which they receive from software testing engineers of customer feedback
  • Perform periodic updates to a website’s server, making sure code maintains top industry standards

The cost of hiring a web developer comes out to $72,040 per year on average. 

Data scientist

The responsibility of a data scientist is to use machine learning (along with other advanced programming methods) to predict and analyze data patterns. To achieve this, they rely on Python, R, SAS, or SQL. They communicate these findings to other members of their team.

The ideal data scientist will:

  • Be familiar with statistical programming languages such as R, Python, and SLQ to analyze data sets
  • Have knowledge of data mining techniques such as GLM/Regression, Random Forest, Boosting, Trees, and social network analysis
  • Use findings from data patterns to optimize customer experience and grow business profits

A data scientist makes $121,853 per year on average. 

Database administrator 

A database administrator is responsible for ensuring the functionality of your company’s database. They often work closely with the cloud engineer on upgrades, backups, troubleshooting, and recovery.

The ideal database administrator will:

  • Be familiar with SQL, Unix and DBMS
  • Maintain the infrastructure and architecture of database systems 
  • Research new technologies that can improve database applications

A database administrator earns $92,194 per year on average. 

DevOps engineer

A DevOps engineer supports software developers during the development process by providing access to the server for any new additions to the team and other resources they may need. After a launch, their job is to maintain the product life cycle, providing necessary technical support.

The ideal DevOps engineer will:

  • Be familiar with git and git workflows
  • Have a working knowledge of databases and SQL
  • Knowledge of Ruby or Python programming languages

A DevOps engineer in the US earns around $115,508 per year

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Chief software architect 

The responsibility of the Chief Architect is to lead the software engineer team. They also make important choices regarding the use of technologies and implementation of designs while working in cooperation with company leadership.

The ideal Chief software architect will:

  • Experience in project management, especially as it relates to software engineering teams
  • Be familiar with Microsoft Visual Studio, C#, .Net, and SQL Server
  • Have knowledge of Biometric technologies or data analysis

The cost of hiring a Chief Architect can range between $108,500-$206,000 per year on average. 

Software test engineer

A software test engineer evaluates software for any bugs or other issues through manual or automated testing. They have an important role to play during the design stage of a product, and as they are its first users. 

The ideal software test engineer will:

  • Run test programs to ensure the product is running correctly
  • Familiarity with testing software such as Bugzilla and HP LoadRunner
  • Be knowledgeable in debugging codes and programming languages

On average a software test engineer earns a yearly salary of $100,325.

User experience (UX) designer

A user experience designer creates the user interface of a product: appealing-looking icons and buttons, typography and color schemes, spacing, imagery, and so on. They are the mastermind behind the overall aesthetic of the product.

The ideal user experience designer will:

  • Be familiar with visual design programs such as Adobe Photoshop
  • Have the ability to multitask on several projects at once
  • Enhance user experience with a seamless interface design 
  • Analyze customer feedback and web traffic to determine the effectiveness of the interface design and if any changes should be made

Hiring a user experience designer comes out to a yearly average salary of $89,250.

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How to attract top tech talent?

Companies worldwide are faced with a tech talent shortage. In 2021 the amount of unfilled positions was 40 million. By 2030, it is predicted to reach 85.2M IT professionals. 

Don’t fret. There are a few important steps you can take to hire top tech talent, and most importantly, to keep them. 

  • Close the skill gap
  • Foster growth
  • Allow Employees to Work Remotely

Close the skill gap

Companies that provide tech professionals with the resources they need to keep their specialized knowledge up to date should think of it as investing not only in an individual, but in the company’s future. 

According to the Littler 2021 European Employer Survey28% of companies plan to increase training and professional development opportunities for female and diverse employees. 

22% of companies plan to provide more programming and educational resources to employees in alignment with IE&D (Inclusion, Equity and Diversity) goals.

Foster growth

Tech professionals are constantly being recruited by other companies, especially those with in-demand positions. If you foster a work environment which is based on long term growth, they are likely to continue working with your company. 

44% of European companies hope to retain their talent and 34% hope to enable greater worker productivity by allowing some form of hybrid or remote work as an incentive. 

Allow professionals to work remotely 

52% of employees in Europe prefer hybrid or remote work to a greater extent than their companies plan to offer it.

recent study published by Whitelane Research confirms that 83% of companies in the BeLux region will continue to outsource tech-related projects at the same rate or more in the coming years. In the Netherlands, it’s 80%; in the United Kingdom–65%; in the Nordic countries–71%.

It increasingly looks like one of the best solutions to hiring the most in-demand tech jobs is to seek out remote teams. 

Where a tech professional is located is no longer the main priority – instead, it’s about finding the right fit for your company. 

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Grid Dynamics accelerates digital transformation for Fortune 1000 companies through technology innovation. With over 15 years of experience driving cloud-native software development, we help clients achieve competitive business outcomes.

Our clients have the option of choosing the engagement model which best suits their requirements, including team extension, dedicated teams, pod teams, and remote development centers. Grid Dynamics has offices throughout Europe and Latin America, meaning that we have the resources to cater to the needs of companies of any size, no matter where they are located.

Our flexible engagement models enable assembling development teams tailored to client requirements – augmenting existing teams or building dedicated teams, agile pods, and remote development centers from the ground up. Leveraging our offices across the Americas, Europe, and India provides access to thousands of skilled engineers in world-renowned tech hubs. This allows us rapidly build high-performance, distributed technology teams to accelerate growth for global businesses.

We can help you successfully hire in-demand tech talent so that your company can thrive! Contact us today to learn more.

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