Peruse the CareerCast best jobs in IT and engineering, and the report looks quite similar to the annual Jobs Rated report on best jobs. With promising employment opportunities and the potential for lucrative salaries, careers in these fields are undeniably attractive. It and engineering were collectively two of the few stable sectors during the recession, and will only continue to boom as the economy proves.
Careers in IT that have been in demand for several years now, like software engineer and web developer, continue to show robust hiring. Both have projected employment outlooks ahead of the national average per Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates. And, as outlined in a 2015 IEEE report, software engineers still command salaries well into six figures.
However, IT is undergoing changes that require new skills. Network administrators adept in cloud-based technology have their pick of the nearly 4 million jobs based in cloud computing around the United States.
And, while most require specialized education, the ever-evolving landscape of IT and engineering does provide some opportunities outside of the traditional path.
Consider data scientist. Demand for data scientists is high, but the field itself is still burgeoning, and changing rapidly due to technological advancement.
“It used to be a company would hire someone with a PhD to get this kind of advanced analysis,” says David Gester, a data scientist for Big ML in San Francisco. There are easier to use tools that bring [data science] to the mainstream.”
Organizations have more data to formulate predictive models on consumer and/or user behavior than ever before, and the need for workers who can parse this data into something usable. Data science is changing how business works, but Gester says learning the required skills takes a non-conventional approach.
“You can’t really learn this in an academic setting,” he says, instead recommending aspiring data scientist learn through trial-and-error, working with data analysis independently.
Much like data science is changing business, biomedical engineering is changing healthcare.
Another relatively fledgling field, biomedical engineers help bridge the gap between the healthcare and tech sectors. The results at this intersection are remarkable.
For example, ASME details wearable medical robots designed by researchers at Harvard University.
Speaking of bridging gaps, that’s precisely a technical writer’s line of work. While other jobs ranked as CareerCast’s best for IT and engineering focus primarily on one of those two sectors, technical writers are responsible for translating the complexities of IT and engineering fields into accessible language for the layperson.
To this end, the CareerCast report on best IT and engineering jobs runs a diverse gamut. The following are the 12 careers, ranked in order of their appearance on the 2015 Jobs Rated report.
1. Biomedical Engineer
Combining technological and medical research, biomedical engineers will play an invaluable role in bridging the gap between technology and health in the 21st century.