No doubt we’re all happy to see 2020 in our rearview mirrors and look towards resuming some semblance of business normalcy and growth in 2021. As we move into the new year, we expect renewed focus and integration of IT as a business driver and further growth in technology jobs.

Top Tech Occupations by Job Postings in Q3
With most US workforce expected to work remotely well into 2021, demand for infrastructure leadership and support remains strong. Now more than ever, technologists are needed to build out and support the critical infrastructure necessary to ensure success when working remotely. That said, Software Developers and Project Managers remain firmly in their top-of-the-list slots as the demands of digital transformation initiatives continue. In many cases, they’ve been re-imagined to meet the evolving needs born out of the pandemic.

Let’s take a look at the ranking of technology careers by job posting.

tech careers of 2020

Source: Dice Tech Job Report, Tech Hiring and COVID-19: What You Need to Know

You’ll also see improvement in other occupations related to operational and strategic business demands, such as Java Developers, Senior Business Analysts, Product Managers, Software Product Managers, and more. The increased rate of Senior Software Developer roles is an indication that employers are looking to build out their development teams from the top down and that mid-level roles will soon follow.

Q3 Occupation Growth Rate
Q3 has shown a high rise in senior-level roles. See below:

tech careers of 2020

Source: Dice Tech Job Report, Tech Hiring and COVID-19: What You Need to Know

The increase in demand for Back End Developers, Data Scientists, and Software Product Managers suggests that organizations are shifting their focus back toward longer-term and larger projects put on hold at the start of the pandemic. High demand for Python Developers suggests companies are looking to resume business as usual, focusing on data analytics and software development, which were fast-growing roles before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Top Occupations by Tech Job Apply Rate
Application data from Appcast shows the job-apply rates of each technical role. The job-apply rate is the percentage of apply clicks that result in a completed application. The graph below shows the technology jobs with the highest apply rates in Q3.

tech careers of 2020

Source: Dice Tech Job Report, Tech Hiring and COVID-19: What You Need to Know

Roles such as Software Developers and Business Analysts are historically high-volume positions, experiencing significant growth over the years. Dice points out that occupations such as Network Engineers, Data Analysts, and Cyber Security Engineers have traditionally ranked lower. However, the job-apply rates for these roles are experiencing high demand due to the pandemic.

Stay tuned for our upcoming Benchmark IT 2021 Hiring Guide for a look at the factors currently influencing IT hiring and salaries, along with a hiring “toolkit” to assist in your 2021 hiring efforts.

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