In an increasingly tech-centric workforce, software developers are quickly becoming essential to nearly every industry. Simply put, they make our world turn — from tracking your daily step count to making sure your paycheck hits your bank account on time. If you’ve ever considered a future in tech, now is the perfect time to hop on board.
Software developers make good money, have access to a wide range of opportunities, and, notably, they tend to like their jobs. According to Hired’s 2020 State of Software Engineers report, 85% of survey respondents said they’re happy they chose to pursue a career in software development. But will the rocketship keep climbing… or will it crash and burn? Here’s our take on software engineering in 2021 and beyond.
Ok, let’s nix any doubt up front: tech jobs aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects software engineering job growth to reach 22% over the next decade — far exceeding the expected job growth across all occupations.
A few years ago, Blockchain Engineer was one of the fastest growing roles in the tech industry as cryptocurrency emerged as a popular new digital asset. Today, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) engineers are leading the way, fueling robotics, advanced camera technology, gaming, and more. Whatever innovation is next on the horizon, we’d put our money on it being rooted in software development.
When it comes to salary, jobs over $50K a year are readily available as a software engineer — and not just in major cities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for software developers nationally in 2019 was $111,620, nearly triple that of all other occupations. And software developer salaries are only increasing. Based on employment data from Hired, average salaries for engineering roles went up last year by nearly 13% in London, 7% in Toronto, 7% in New York, and 6% in the San Francisco Bay Area. Software engineering job growth means more jobs at higher salaries across more industries. A win-win-win!
In short, business is booming for software developers. According to SlashData, a leading software development analyst firm, there were an estimated 19 million software developers at the start of 2019. By the end of this decade, the firm expects that number will more than double, reaching nearly 45 million software developers globally. To fill those roles, experts anticipate the job market for software development will continue to soar.
Here are just a few of the industry’s fastest growing roles:
Machine Learning Engineer
Research from Hired shows that nearly half of software engineers think machine learning is the most interesting field in software today. And it’s a good thing so many developers find it fascinating — demand for machine intelligence specialists has grown an incredible 74% over the past four years, and is predicted to expand even more over the next decade.
Closely linked to innovation in AR and VR, demand for gaming engineers grew by a whopping 146% in 2019. Creating video games for computers, mobile phones, and console systems, gaming developers need both an analytical approach and a creative mind.
With a focus on testing, screening, and monitoring, security engineers help protect software from breaches and intrusions. While demand for these roles is slowing slighting from recent years, the number of security engineers still grew by nearly 50% in 2019.
Front-End / Back-End Developer
These fundamental roles sit at the core of the job market for software development, as companies across all industries invest in tech. From agriculture to aeroscience to banking, front-end and back-end programmers can find their niche in any number of career fields.
No matter what path you choose to pursue, software engineering offers an ever-expanding variety of opportunities to try new things, challenge yourself, build innovative solutions, and grow into leadership positions. Not surprisingly, these objectives also top the list of software engineers’ future career goals.
In today’s employment landscape, formal university education is becoming less and less crucial to getting a great job. In fact, Hired data shows that more than half (54%) of engineers say if they were a hiring manager they would have no preference between a candidate with or without a computer science degree.
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