9 Hot Tech Jobs for 2013

January 3, 2013  |  
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If you’re looking for a new job, or just interested in what careers are hot right now, look no further than the technology space. With innovation coming through new hardware and software advancements, jobs in this field are varied, intriguing, and fast growing. Here are nine jobs that are making waves as we kick off 2013.

A technical analyst (seated) looking over the security at DeKalb Medical Center in Georgia. AP Photo/Gene Blythe

Computer Systems Analyst
Bringing together the hardware, software, and networking elements of technology, computer analysts have been getting a lot of buzz lately. The crux of the job is making sure that a company runs as efficiently as possible based on the way its systems interact.  US News and World Report ranked this as the top technology job for 2013, bringing in a median salary of $78,770.

A shot from this year’s Apple developer conference. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

Software Developer
Looking at growth in the industry, software developers are the fastest-growing position in technology (and overall) these days. According to a survey from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists (EMSI) which analyzed the best bachelor degree jobs for 2013 based on job growth, software developers saw seven percent growth in jobs available since 2010.


Mobile Developer
There’s no doubt that mobile is the hottest area of technology right now, as companies vie to make the hottest device and coolest apps. Mobile developers are also as in-demand as the devices they work on. In June 2012, more than 22,000 job ads for mobile developers were posted online in the US, up 159 percent from June 2011, according to Wanted Analytics.


Web Developer
Mobile may be super hot, but websites aren’t going anywhere, and working as a web developer can be another hot tech job in 2013. US News reported that this career will see 21.7 percent employment growth between 2010 and 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

IT Manager
Everyone knows how much companies and employees rely on the IT team, and IT Managers are one of the best-paid tech jobs. According to US News, the median salary for IT Managers is $118,010 and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 18.1 percent growth between 2010 and 2020.


Data Analysts
There is a focus on “big data” in technology right now, or companies using the data they collect on customers to better their outreach, products, and more. Therefore,  there is increasing demand for people who understand numbers and can analyze what is happening in the space based on data. According to a recent study from the McKinsey Global Institute, “there will be a shortage of talent necessary for organizations to take advantage of big data,” and this career option will be more in demand.

Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of marketing powerhouse WPP, speaking at the Shanghai Digital Media Summit. Imaginechina via AP Images

Digital Media Marketers
As advances in technology come about, so do changes in marketing, communicating, and advertising via these new and innovative channels. Employees who have solid skills in Digital Media Marketing, including social media, mobile, and staying on top of the latest trends, are a high-demand field in 2013.


Search Engine Optimization
A digital marketing skill that is not going away is Search Engine Optimization. While it may not seem as Hot as working with social media or mobile outreach, those individuals who understand search and how to make the most of it can be in high demand. Recent data from Investopedia found that SEO specialists are often one of the highest-paying freelance jobs overall.

A mechanical systems engineer working on the Mars rover in 2003. AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Engineers have always been an in-demand, high-paying career and 2013 will be no exception. Both industrial and mechanical engineers made the top jobs list from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists (EMSI), with 6 percent growth for both since 2010, and Civil Engineers were one of the US Newstop technology jobs as well.

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