The IT industry is the fastest-growing sector of the economy. Absolutely any specialist involved in IT can get a salary above the national average. Let’s face it: even the same position in traditional and IT companies differs in salary by 1.5-2 times!
However, the demand and high-paying rate of some vacancies are fading away even in this sector. Therefore, in this article, we will consider those IT professions that in 2021 have rather low competition.
- DevOps engineer
Who is DevOps? This is a specialist who deals with automation at all stages: from development, assembly, and testing to deployment, release, and delivery of the product to end-users. DevOps is like the bridge between developers, sysadmins, testers, and managers.
Before the DevOps profession appeared, there was a problem with the launch of the product: the developer wrote the code for the operating system and the environment on which he worked, and the operations team couldn’t run this code as the environments and operating systems differed. In short, a DevOps engineer solves this problem and makes everything work for everyone. This is why this is one of the most in-demand digital professions today.
- Big Data solutions developer/analyst
Analysts at the International Data Corporation said that in 2020, the volume of generated data began to grow rapidly. Experts explained this by the fact that the pandemic has caused the widespread development of distance learning and remote work platforms. Also, people in self-isolation began to consume more content.
In 2020, the total amount of generated data was 64.2 zettabytes (1 zettabyte is a billion terabytes), and this figure will be even higher in 2021. This means that specialists involved in data analysis and development of Big Data analytics services will be more and more in demand.
Big Data analysis allows boosting the efficiency of companies, both in increasing profits and finding new sources of income and in improving the quality of service and production.
- QA tester
Testers, or QA engineers, are people who test how a program or application works. They look for bugs, make sure the program does exactly what it is intended to do, protect the product from hackers, check how the application works on different devices and operating systems. This is one of the key processes in product quality assurance.
As a rule, becoming a tester is the easiest path to development and programming. Beginners don’t write code but test the product manually.
- Cybersecurity specialist
The more digital solutions, websites, applications, systems there are, the more crimes in the field of information technology are carried out. A cybersecurity specialist prevents website hacks, theft of data and money, blocking systems for ransom, and much more.
He implements various technical means for protection, looks for vulnerabilities through which an attack can be made, and also trains company employees in the basics of information security.
- UX/UI designer
A UX/UI designer is responsible for ensuring that the interface of a website, program, or application is user-friendly and pleasing to the eye.
UX design is responsible for the emotions that the product evokes in the users, that is its function and adaptability.
UI design is all about attractive looks. An interface designer renders a working prototype, buttons, icons, forms, and other components and assembles them into a harmonious working layout.
Good design increases sales and adds value to the product, so a competent UX/UI designer will always be in demand.
- Software developer
In any case, different stacks are paid for differently. But they are always paid well.
- Mobile App developer
The mobile app market is constantly growing. In 2020 alone, consumers downloaded over 204 billion apps. According to analysts’ forecasts, a similar picture will be observed for the next 5 years. Therefore, the demand for mobile app developers is only growing.
The IT sphere changes almost every day. New frameworks and technologies are constantly emerging. So, to constantly grow in salary, you need to learn and boost your knowledge and skills. Usually, the way to a Senior takes from 3 to 7 years, depending on the direction. The main thing is not to get stuck on the same level. And this is only up to you.
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