Top 5 In-Demand Tech Jobs for 2021

We are currently living in such an era where technologies are changing consistently & frequently. As a result, the career paths are evolving as well. Not just that, but the occurrence of COVID-19 pandemic taught a number of lessons, changed the way how we used to live a year ago, and helped people to realize the potential of technology, the Information technology (IT) sector and importance of keep evolving with the situation. The pandemic also brought revolutionary changes in the job market. Starting from the upsurge in online education because of the implementation of worldwide lockdown, to the strengthening of cybersecurity due to the increment in cyberattacks, the year 2020 manifested that within all the uncertainties, there is one thing that is rigid – there is a dire need for technological advancement across industries.

Though, IT professionals naturally incline towards gaining new skills which are trending and advance to higher positions. But, the year 2020 revealed that there are few technologies that are not just going to dominate in the coming years but are also going to shape the future, and professionals must get ready for the same. Here are 5 jobs expected to be in demand for 2021; let’s have a look and know more about them.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Professional
AI is being integrated more and more in today’s world. AI holds significant potential for businesses. The technology is already known for its superiority in image and speech recognition, navigation apps, smartphone personal assistants, ride-sharing apps and so much more. As is often seen with social media, AI, combined with machine learning, can be a powerful combination. Businesses can use AI to achieve cost-saving benefits, streamline workflows, enable more efficient communications, improve customer satisfaction, and provide insight into purchasing behaviour. Like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, several companies have seen an increase in overall business profits by adopting AI in their business processes. According to IDC, total spending on AI applications will go up to $14.1 billion, while total spending on AI services will rise to $14.5 billion this year. Last year, AI Specialists where actively hired by companies with lucrative salary packages. Currently, more than one lakh active AI specialist jobs are available on job portals, and this number is predicted to grow in the coming years.

Business Intelligence Analyst
There has been a massive upsurge in businesses incorporating new technologies and generating data. According to global human resource consulting firm Robert Half, the role Business Intelligence Analyst is ranked second among the 10 most in-demand tech jobs for 2020. With the ongoing pandemic and crisis, organizations need to devise new business strategies to survive. Here is where business intelligence analysts come into the picture. A business intelligence analyst empowers organizations to make better decisions and devise smarter business strategies in order to achieve business goals and objectives. Allied Market Research predicts that the embedded business intelligence analytics market will reach up to $60.28 billion by 2023, with a compound annual growth rate of 13.6 percent. Thus, we can expect an increased demand for business intelligence analysts in the coming years.

Cloud Architect
Due to the lockdown & pandemic organizations are forced to continue working remotely. This has boosted the adoption of cloud-based collaborative applications. As it ensures on-site and off-site presence at all times and zero-disruption to business operations. Here is where the role of cloud architects comes into the light. Cloud architects oversee the company’s cloud computing strategy and are responsible for deploying, managing, and supporting cloud applications. Cloud architects typically have a strong understanding of multiple operating systems in addition to networking, programming, and security skills.

Cyber Security Professional
In 2020, several Indian startups and companies, such as Google-backed hyperlocal delivery platform Dunzo, online grocery delivery store BigBasket, restaurant chain owner Haldirams, EdTech platform Edureka, online travel marketplace RailYatri and even the personal website of Prime Minister Narendra Modi suffered data breaches, with the data on some of these websites being subsequently leaked on the dark web where it was available for purchase. Hence it is clear that cybersecurity is one of the most important and demanding technology right now. The data, information, systems, network, and cloud security professionals are and will be in demand as businesses increasingly rely on data for everyday business operations. These IT professionals ensure that enterprise IT initiatives remain safe from potential threats inside and outside the organization. They’re also tasked with keeping on top of industry compliance regulations and future security trends, and ensuring the business’s hardware, software, and networks remain secure. As per cybersecurity ventures, there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the next couple of years worldwide.

Database Administrator
A database administrator (DBA) is responsible for maintaining the software used to manage a database and ensuring the data is easily accessible to those who need it. DBAs ensure that servers remain efficient and operational while overseeing data security, implementation, replication, backup, storage, access, and partitions. Companies would want to hire someone who can not only monitor their servers but who will also be able to optimize performance and who can be on call in case of emergency. With this, the demand of DB Admin is also going to witness increment in the coming years.

The aftermath of the pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty in the job market. Though everyone is looking forward to going back to a ‘normal life’ in post-COVID work, it is difficult to say how future events will unfold. Yet, how rapidly the job market will change in the coming years, these career options will continue to be high in demand in the future, as these technologies have huge potential which is yet to explore.