The top 10 in-demand tech jobs in 2024

5 min | Dave Brown | Article | Industry insights Market trends

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What are the hottest tech jobs for 2024? Find out from our data-driven analysis of the most in-demand roles.

This data-driven approach allows us to identify the positions that companies are eager to fill both presently and in the near future.

2023 marked a shift in employer priorities, with many organizations recognizing the implementation of AI as the next hurdle to overcome. Despite this shift, the demand for professionals who can facilitate digital transformation remains high. However, tech professionals should prioritize enhancing their AI skills and understanding its application in their daily tasks. 

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The top 10 in-demand tech jobs in 2024

10. DevOps Engineer 

What does a DevOps Engineer do?
DevOps engineers usually make our top 10 lists and it’s no surprise to see that the demand is still there. These are people who work between Development and Operations and are responsible for supporting the software applications, from development to deployment.  

What skills does a DevOps Engineer need?
Since you’ll be working with different parts of the organization, you’ll need to be a strong collaborator and communicator. Experience with software development and knowledge of cloud computing technologies are also required.  

9. .NET Developer

What does a .NET Developer do?
This is another role that often appears on our list, but demand has dropped since our previous edition in June. Nonetheless, organizations still need developers to design and maintain Windows based applications.  

What skills does a .NET Developer need?
As with all developer role, technical skills are a must. You’ll need to be proficient in .NET and several coding languages.  

8. Solution Architect 

What does a Solution Architect do?
Making its debut on the list is the role of a Solution Architect. These professionals are tasked with devising and executing solutions that align with business objectives. They collaborate with stakeholders to comprehend business needs and engineer appropriate solutions. 

What skills does a Solution Architect need?
Unsurprisingly, robust analytical and problem-solving abilities are highly advantageous for a Solution Architect. From a technical standpoint, employers seek candidates with a background in software design and development. 

7. Software Engineer

What does a Software Engineer do?
This role has climbed the list since our last edition, reflecting today’s market. Software Engineers shoulder the responsibility of crafting software applications, necessitating collaboration with various sectors within the organization.

What skills does a Software Engineer need?
The requisite skills can differ based on whether the engineer specializes in front-end, back-end, or end-to-end development. Irrespective of the specific role, proficiency in programming languages is indispensable.

6. Cloud Engineer 

What does a Cloud Engineer do?
Digital transformation means that cloud computing is becoming increasingly important for organisations of all sizes, so I’m not surprised to see demand here. Cloud Engineers manage the maintenance of the cloud-based infrastructure that allows businesses to run their applications and services. 

What skills does a Cloud Engineer need?
Programming skills are vital if you want to be a cloud engineer. You’ll also need a strong grasp of cloud-based software. Given this role’s relative infancy, I’d suggest taking courses or doing lots of reading around the subject, as well as hands-on experience if you can manage it.  

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5. Data Analytics (Data Engineer/Data Analyst/BI Analyst/Systems Analyst)

What does a Data Analyst do?
It was number three on our list last time and the demand for Data Analysts is still here. Analysts take the data that organisations collect and look for trends that will allow them to provide actionable insights.  Jobs that use data analytics skills include business intelligence analysts, data analysts, data engineers, data analytics consultants and IT systems analysts.  

What skills does a Data Analyst need?
It’s no surprise that strong analytical skills are needed but, just as importantly, you’ll need to be able to effectively communicate your insights to the rest of the business in a way that’s easily digestible. A data analytics role requires expertise in data cleaning and preprocessing, transforming, visualization and analysis. 

What does a Data Engineer do?
Data Engineers need to facilitate the collection and analysis of data through the creation of scalable frameworks. You’ll be working with other data experts in the organisation so that you can provide them with what they need to give valuable insights.  

What skills does a Data Engineer need?
You’ll need to have knowledge on all things data, from experience with data modelling to an understanding of database technologies and processes (such as ETL).  

4. Java Developer 

What does a Java Developer do?
Given that Java is so widely used, programmers who can use this language to create applications and software will be in demand for the foreseeable future. We don’t know yet how the rapid evolution of AI is going to impact Java Developers, though, but there is scope for it to be potentially integrated into frameworks and processes.  

What skills does a Java Developer need?
The key skills that any Java Developer needs aren’t going to surprise anybody - proficiency in Java and knowledge of software development methodologies. You’ll also need to be able to work together with engineers and other developers.  

3. Business Analyst

What does a Business Analyst do?
Business Analysts play a crucial role in organizations by leveraging data to identify patterns and provide insights to the broader business, encompassing high-level stakeholders. Given that this role does not heavily depend on technical expertise, transitioning into this position from a different field is comparatively easier than some of the other in-demand tech roles. 

What skills does a Business Analyst need?
Success as a Business Analyst hinges significantly on soft skills. In addition to critical and analytical thinking, employers seek individuals who are adept at problem-solving and can effectively articulate their discoveries and solutions to a wide range of stakeholders. 

2. IT Support Technician (Help Desk/Desktop Support) 

What do IT Support Technicians do?
An IT Help Desk Technician provides technical support and assistance to customers, whether on the phone, virtually, or in person. Their primary goal is to ensure that clients are satisfied and can operate any machinery or technology they may be having trouble with. The Desktop Support Technician’s role is to support and maintain organizational computer systems, desktops, and peripherals. This includes installing, diagnosing, repairing, maintaining, and upgrading all organizational hardware and equipment while ensuring optimal workstation performance. 

What skills does an IT Support Technician need?
As for common skills, troubleshooting (problem solving) was the most desired skill found in job postings for IT support technicians, knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware, and software, followed by customer service, communications, analytical thinking and problem solving, management and Microsoft Office.  

1. Project Manager 

What does a Project Manager do?
The most in-demand tech job right now, individuals in this role are tasked with the planning and tracking of projects to ensure timely delivery and achievement of objectives.

What skills does a Project Manager need?
In contrast to many previous roles, technical skills are less of a prerequisite here. Rather, exceptional organizational abilities are paramount to guarantee smooth operations. This position is well-suited for outstanding communicators who are adept at (and have experience in) coordinating with various business units, and often with external stakeholders as well. Proficiency in budget management is an added advantage.

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About this author

David Brown
Americas President, Chief Executive Officer USA

David, a 21-year veteran of the staffing business, has overseen overseeing all US operations for Hays since 2018. Prior to leading Hays US, David held several positions in sales, sales management, and senior management. With his wife and three children, David resides in Atlanta and actively supports several regional non-profit organizations.

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