The hot jobs

Today, there are many college graduates that cannot find a job. There are many college graduates struggle to obtain even a minimum wage job that has nothing to do with their education. But there are good paying “Hot jobs” without applicants because graduates do not have the necessary skills.

A “Hot job” is defined as the job in which demand is higher than supply. Most “Hot jobs” also have a higher salary than others because of their scarcity. According to market reports, there are ten “Hot jobs” that are in high demand globally. By having these skills, workers can travel and work anywhere they want. My advice is college students should focus on acquiring these skills to ensure that they will get a good job after graduate.

1. Data Scientists

These are the people who work with all types of data, both structured, and unstructured, to gain the valuable insights that businesses need to maintain a competitive edge. Data scientists analyze data and predict information that helps management to make a decision. The demand is driven mostly by Financial Services, Hedge Fund, Banking industry, Software industry, Pharmaceutical industry, and Manufacturing industry. This job requires, at least, a Master degree in Computer Science; Applied Math, or Statistics, some high-level jobs require a Ph.D. degree.

2. Software Engineers

With the fast changing of the technology market, more companies are using the Agile method to accelerate the speed of software development. There is a trend to merge the Development and Operation environment into one cohesive place. Therefore, the need for software engineers who understand the entire software lifecycle and be able to integrate software applications into an enterprise system is critical. The change from “programming oriented” that focus on building software to “engineering oriented” that focus on integrating software requires certain talent and skills that are not available in many universities at this moment. Currently, software engineer graduates are in high demand all over the world.

3. Computing Security Specialists

Due to many computing security incidents, many companies consider security as their major concern. With growing publicity about cyber-attacks, hackers, virus, and malware, there is a high demand for people who specialize in computing security. Students often think that computing security is a separate field of study, but it is a discipline within the computer field. Most of the jobs require a bachelor degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering with additional training in security certification such as CISO or CCSK.

4. Statistician

Statistician one of the fastest-growing jobs in the past three years. While big data involves more than statistics, it is difficult to analyze and predicting anything without statistics skills or a skilled statistician on the Big data team. Due to fewer students enrolling in applied mathematics in recent years, there is a large demand for statisticians to work as a data scientist, actuary, and market analyst. Most jobs require at least a bachelor degree in applied mathematics, some advanced positions require an advanced degree such as Master or Ph.D.

5. UX and UI developers

With the major shift from desktop to mobile, there is an increased demand for computer graduates with skills in UX and UI development. UX refers to the term User Experience Design. UI stands for User Interface Design. These are the process of improving the usability, ease of use of a device in the interaction between the customers. As wearable technology and the internet of things (IoT) continue to grow fast, this is a hot skill that is difficult to fill. Most of the jobs require a Bachelor degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering.

6. Data Quality Manager

Most companies use big data on business intelligence and data analytics. There is a high demand for people who collect these data and makes sure that the data are good because there is no value to the management unless the data has integrity. The data quality manager's role is to ensure the quality of data that people collected and to make sure that the big data team works within the frameworks to govern that data. Most of the jobs require a bachelor degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or Information System Management.

7. Software Architect

With increasing complexity in technology projects, there is a greater demand for software architects who can design and implement a sophisticated solution. The issue is particularly acute in the software industry as many technical people are not familiar with integration issues dealing with large and complex projects. Most jobs require a degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering with at least five to ten years of experience.

8. Software Project Manager

It has become increasingly difficult to recruit skilled software project managers. Most of the business training in management failed to address the area of software as software project management is unique and requires different skills than those that taught in the business school. Most jobs require a degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Systems Management.

9. Business Analyst

As information technology become more prevalent in the Business, Banking, and Financing sectors, more Business analysts are needed to help management deal with the complexity of the changing market. Most Jobs require at least a Bachelor's degree in Information System Management.

10. Data Analyst

Today data analysis is a fastest growing market. Since this is a relatively new field, there are not many people who have the skills. Data Analyst is the entry-level position in the Big Data sector, and most jobs require at least a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering.


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