The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed 2020 and the foreseeable future for people, businesses and communities around the world.
Half of all workers have re-evaluated their current situation and decided to make a major change: 50% of employees are planning to look for a new job in the next few months. Many thousands more are looking to make permanent lifestyle changes by embarking on a new and rewarding career. For those wanting to start a career in tech or those wishing to utilise their engineering background to diversify into a new sector, the transferable skills of technology and engineering roles mean tech applicants will be spoilt for choice in the job market for the next year.
Here are the ten best technology jobs to apply for in 2021.
Top 10 Technology Jobs to Apply for in 2021
Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be vital to the success of every industry in every country around the world over the next decade.
AI Engineers analyse data, systems and machine learning algorithms to identify company-critical problems, improvements and ideas that can make or break the success of a business. This tech job involves creating new models from scratch, then developing, testing and deploying these new models to improve systems, processes and business practices.
As this position involves breakthrough scientific and technical discoveries, those in this role can make a significant and permanent difference to the work and lives of millions. AI is already finding solutions to challenges such as climate change and cyber security, and AI Engineers are conducting pioneering projects in medicine that aim to identify signs of physical illness years before any symptoms and alter DNA to prevent genetic diseases.
AI Engineers are some of the best paid in the engineering field: those with experience earn an average salary of £76,811 per year. A career in AI means a career full of continuous learning and development, working on exciting initiatives and a diverse project list with no day being the same.
Motorsport has seen rapid technological advancements in the past decade, with Formula One particularly innovative in gamifying the sport.
Virtual racing has become increasingly popular: Esports, the online gaming initiative now in its 4th edition, enables anyone in the world, of any age and background, to compete for the chance to become a F1 champion. Whether professional gamer or complete amateur, the game opens up a truly interactive experience for players across Xbox Live, PlayStation Network or Steam.
Other Motor racing events such as MotoGP and NASCAR are rapidly embracing the iRacing movement, and both start-up and established game manufacturers are competing to set new records for game quality and a level of player and driver interactivity never seen before. The next year provides an exciting opportunity for potential Motorsport Game Developers to capitalise on a wealth of tech investment in the sport and help realise the dreams of millions of fans.
Software engineering is one of the most versatile and varied technology careers available. These technicians are responsible for designing the very things that organisations and individuals use every day: computer programmes, Internet browsers and mobile phone apps, let alone the software required to protect Government and company databases and help designers everywhere continue to innovate. Experienced Linux Software Engineers can earn an annual salary of over £100,000.
Whilst some software jobs require University degrees or Masters qualifications, employers are increasingly recruiting applicants without formal accreditations, prioritising skills and natural abilities over academic experience. Software careers are also one of the fastest-growing fields, and as the next decade will demand ever more technological innovation and advancement across industries and geographies, this tech position is set to rise in demand for the foreseeable future.
One of the best-paid jobs in technology, experienced Web Developers can earn up to £95,000 per year – alongside a creative freelance lifestyle.
These IT specialists do far more than simply building websites: they also provide technical assistance to web admins, integrate front- and back-end systems and manage a variety of systems, processes and databases. With dozens of coding languages and new tech products released all the time, the career of a Web Developer involves constant learning.
One in five UK engineering business leaders cite skills shortages as their most important business challenge in the coming years. To fulfil labour demands, the UK engineering industry needs to recruit and train 1.8 million people by 2025 – meaning that 2021 is the perfect year to begin a career in an engineering specialism.
DevOps Engineers are the bridge between coding and engineering. These technicians collaborate across teams and departments to help increase a company’s productivity by improving various IT systems. DevOps engineers work with a variety of coding languages and software engineering systems, and spend time analysing and developing solutions to global challenges.
With an average salary of £90,000 with only 10-15 years’ experience, these positions are in high demand and incredibly valued by employers across industries.
Data and information are becoming increasingly vital for the success of every industry across the globe. Data Analysts assess raw data and work with AI systems to identify trends and patterns, and use these insights to create new strategies and solutions to existing problems. In the past decade the importance of data has been increasingly realised: 2.5quintillion bytes of data are created each day, and 90% of the data that exists in the world was generated over the last two years alone.
Data analytics provides the insights that drive business efficiencies and highlights opportunities for growth and innovation to gain competitive advantage in crowded markets. Starting salaries are comparatively high at around £22,000, and rises to an average of round £32,000 in the next few years. Data Analysts can earn over £50,000 as their experience and skills progress.
The design and creative industries are the UK’s fastest growing sectors, and without a doubt provide some of the world’s most dynamic careers. Worth over £92 billion, Britain’s creative sector is growing at twice the rate of the economy.
Design Engineers research, invent and develop ideas for new products and systems. They also modify existing products or processes to increase efficiency or improve performance, using a variety of systems and tools and even developing their own. Design careers also offer something for every personality: as all industries and countries require designers, holders of these roles can choose the type of environment, ways of working, schedule and team that suit them.
Experienced and skilled Design Engineers can join a creative agency to enjoy a relaxed working atmosphere where ideas are bounced around with similarly skilled individuals, or can opt for fast-paced sectors that rely on meeting high demand for product delivery and provide opportunities to learn fast on the job.
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