6 In-Demand Tech Jobs That Startups Need in 2017

November 10, 2016

11:20 am

Both startups and larger companies have some common needs – IT people. The jobs outlook for 2017 is going to see a lot of the same need for tech employees, from software engineers, to web developers, data scientists and more. This is great news if you’re one of these professionals, but means there’s more competition than ever if you’re a small company looking to hire the best talent available.

Over the next seven years, the tech industry will be the highest growing industry on the planet – with 12 percent growth against 6.5 percent growth in all other industries combined. Whichever side of the hiring fence you’re on, it’s helpful to know how the market is shaping up.

Web Developers

The highest demand in tech is for Web developers, a need that’s expected to grow by 27 percent through the year 2024. In some ways, this is an obvious choice as the number one need for small companies. It’s essential to have a responsive and modern website to present your products and services to a wide audience. Mobile-first web design is going to increase in importance. This isn’t a new trend, mobile-first design has been important for many startups for years now, but 2017 is the year when people will expect good mobile-first website design. Web developers earned an average salary of $64,970 in 2016.

Computer Systems Analyst

The second on the list probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise either, as there’s always a high demand for a good Computer Systems Analyst, a position that’s expected to grow in demand 21 percent by 2024. Things will go wrong at your company, as has always been the case when there are people writing code and other people using that code. A computer systems analyst is there for when something does go wrong, and with more companies creating software, the need for proper troubleshooting exists. In 2016 the average annual salary for this position was $85,800.

Information Security Analyst

Information Security Analyst is the third most in-demand tech job going for startups in 2017. Jobs for this position are expected to rise 18% through 2024, with an average annual salary of $90,120 in 2016. Our computers, servers, and devices store more of our sensitive data than ever before, another trend which is only growing. It’s especially important for startups to keep their data safe and secure, as any mistakes in this regard are likely to be felt even more with more limited resources.

Software Engineer

The most crucial component of your team shouldn’t be overlooked – as it’s the Software Engineer who builds products, custom software for intracompany purposes and much more. It doesn’t matter if your product is high-tech or not, even starting front-end developers, are in high demand. This is a position that’s expected to grow in need by 17 percent by the year 2024. On average, a software engineer earns around $100,690 annually.

Data Scientists

These guys are indispensable in the world of big data. This is the fifth on the list of most in-demand positions that startups are looking for in 2017. Startups, like larger companies, need to know where their customers are coming from, how their leads are generated and what their conversion rates are – this is just for starters too. A good data scientist will help your business to understand itself more broadly, gleaning insights and knowledge from data in various forms. This is a position that’s growing in importance for 2017 and beyond. In 2016 the average salary for this position was $128,240, and by 2024 the demand for data scientists is expected to rise by 16 percent.

IT Admins

The final position on this list of six biggest needs in tech for startups in 2017 is for IT Admins – these are the IT professionals who manage the day-to-day computer and network needs that exist in every company. Even with certain trends, such as renting equipment and higher dependency on cloud computer, positions will remain available for those who help keep the network and computer lights on. The average annual salary for an IT Admin in 2016 was $77,810, and demand for this position is expected to grow by 8 percent through 2024.

IT is an evolving field, and not all startups need to hire equally. It seems clear that if you’re an IT professional in 2017, you’re going to be just as in-demand as 2016, and the prospects only look better from there. It’s estimated that by 2024 there will be around 488,500 new tech jobs created. Whether you’re in data analysis or security, web development, engineering or administration – there is a growing need that’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

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