The most in-demand tech jobs in the US and who's hiring

February 3, 2022

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Engineers and managers are some of the most in-demand positions wanted by companies with capital to hire

The global market is demanding technology talent. From Machine Learning Engineer to Product Manager, those and many more roles are being constantly hired for companies seeking a digital transformation — which is necessary to surpass your competitors.

The market is being very democratic regarding the search for new talents in technology. There are many different specialities required in the digital industry.

VentureBeat, for instance, in its latest article already predicted what will be the five most sought after tech careers in 2022:

  1. Software Engineer (Java Developer)
  2. Cloud Architect
  3. Product Manager
  4. Cybersecurity Specialist
  5. Data Scientist

Undoubtedly, these positions have everything to impact the business and change the game of many sectors. We went deep into our investigation and gathered data surrounding those careers and their salaries and others that we think will rock the tech niches.


The most in-demand tech jobs and their salaries

We extract the data from the Economic Research Institute to compare the average salary of a DevOps Engineer and a Data Scientist for example. See below the most in-demand tech jobs and their salaries divided by percentiles.

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It's interesting to see how companies outside the tech industry increasingly seek out all those tech positions. Nowadays is hard to classify companies between tech companies and non-tech companies. Since everyone has been looking for this same pool of professionals, it seems evident that the tech industry is becoming ubiquitous.

Demand for project managers is high

The project manager role has been in high demand in the US market. It makes sense when we see the growing stabilisation of the home office, which creates a greater necessity for team management. Low risks, clear goals, collaborative workflow and budget control are the pretensions behind that demand.

The need for agile and responsible management is growing, so don't be surprised if LinkedIn searches for "Pivotal Tracker" increase.

In its last research, the Project Management Institute has already set the expectations: 25 million new project managers will be required by 2030 to attend the world demand.


The most in-demand skills

Technical skills

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Udemy released recently its 2022 Workplace Learning Trends Report, which highlights the top technical skills from the main areas of tech knowledge:

  • Cloud Computing
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Science 
  • IT Operations
  • Software Development

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It's interesting to see how Amazon Web Services are on the rise, especially Sagemaker, which shows the company efforts to become a tech industry leader in low-code / no-code.

Soft skills

As you can see, programming skills and their respective languages ​​are more in-demand than ever in the search for the right talent. Analytical skills are also not left out in that big hiring scenario. However, we cannot fail to mention communication skills and several other soft skills that will make a difference to a tech career. In the same report, Udemy is precisely calling those skills power skills. See below the top 5.

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What we can learn from this is simple but effective: Cloud Architects are good, but Cloud Architects with strong communication skills are even better.


Where to look to get hired?

Emerging tech hubs are a hot tip

With the weakening of Silicon Valley and the emergence of new technology centres, expectations are created for new job openings as new companies are built outside of California, and other newborns are receiving significant investments from venture capital companies. That could be an excellent shortcut for you to reach the recruiters keen to fill software developers positions and many others like security analysts, cloud engineers, network architects, et cetera.  

With that said, to find where the main hiring opportunities are today in states like Texas, Colorado, Florida and Washington, we need to look at companies that were funded in the last fiscal quarter of 2021.

Let's see how the market behaved in this sense and analyse better the possibilities of the hiring scenario in the technology, energy and other sectors.

These industries have the money to hire

In the last months, the regions that now compete with Silicon Valley for investments have been busy closing billion and million-dollar deals. Let's look at how some industries performed in the FQ4'21 period.

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Technology, it seems, will continue to dictate the large portion of investments. The difference to other industries is tremendous, representing more than 50% of the total shown in the graph.


Job openings by top-performing companies

These funded companies are hiring

Some companies had an excellent balance sheet at the end of 2021, which will provide a business expansion, motivating new hires. 

The last financing size of major and emerging companies can be directly related to its ambitions in increasing the workforce and thus gaining a larger market segment. With that in mind, we look at the startups and the big organisations that went to the market searching for the right talent after receiving a very good amount of venture investment.

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Boomi, for instance, was purchased by Francisco Partners and TPG in a $4 billion dollar deal. And According to Boomi's CEO, Chris McNabb, the new owners are expected to increase the company's expansion with new hires.

Altogether, there are 53 tech job openings in Boomi's LinkedIn profile. The most dedicated to filling positions like:

  • Project Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Technical Architect
  • Data Engineers
  • DevOps Engineer

In recent years, Boomi has made its name as the IPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service) tech segment leader. The company was a subsidiary of Dell.

Tech engineering continues to be in high demand

The company with the most open positions, Sierra Space, has over 522 tech job openings in its LinkedIn profile. Mostly for engineers (software, electrical, test, manufacturing, systems).

Engineering is also a highly demanded area by the other companies. Commonwealth Fusion System is looking for many data and cryogenic engineers.

Ping Identity and Lancium want the best tech engineers

Ping Identity and Lancium were the ones that attracted big investments from the past three months in Houston and Denver.

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Ping Identity

The private equity firm, Vista Equity Partners, sold 11.97% of its share in Ping Identity. We really cannot safely correlate this deal with the opening of new vacancies here, as the proceeds will not go to the company. But the organisation is still worth analysing as, from September 2020 to September 2021, it had a positive employee growth rate (7.24%) and has listed 115 tech job openings in the United States on LinkedIn until now. Software Engineer is Ping's most sought after position.

Ping Identity provides secure access for many companies through authentication and security control decisions powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Lancium

Lancium intends to use the 150 million invested in developing bitcoin mines in Texas that will work through renewable energy. That will undoubtedly open up opportunities for more software and data engineers.

Lancium works to develop solutions that optimise the decarbonisation of the grid. Many data centres are being built in Texas, operating as Controllable Load Resources.

The company's track record is positive, presenting an employee growth rate of 17.3% (Sep 2020 - 2021).

The most in-demand jobs are the tech ones

Are tech vacancies a trend in the hiring scenario of those companies? Analysing the percentage of the vacancies destined for tech workers, we can see a clear majority going in this direction. With such robust investment in that sort of talent, we can be confident to assume that tech is not just trendy; it is here to stay for much longer.

% of tech job openings in the US


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This post was written by: Raphael Santos, Content Marketing Coordinator