It’s no secret engineers are in demand in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and other emerging areas. But filling positions in these fields is another story. The ManpowerGroup’s Talent Shortage Survey, an annual effort that asks employers worldwide which positions are in demand, found that high-tech employers are experiencing the most acute talent shortage since 2007. The findings suggest the shortage is driven, in part, because employers are requiring more specialized skills.
The demands vary country by country, however. Find out where your skills and experience are needed most.
Data scientists, software developers, and engineers who work on autonomous systems are among the most sought-after tech talent around the country. Foote Partners, a research group that tracks IT jobs in the United States, recently published a list of the most in-demand positons. The list also includes jobs in the field of the Internet of Things. Foote Partners notes it is difficult to find a tech employer in the United States that isn’t struggling to come up with a plan on how to recruit talent in these areas.
Business analysts, solution architects, data integrators, data architects, data analysts, and data scientists were identified by India’s National Association of Software and Services Companies as the most sought-after specializations. NASSCOM says it will partner with industry to design curriculum to prepare students for these roles. IBM has announced plans to launch a skills development program for high school students to help prepare them for jobs of the future, including positions in artificial intelligence, big data, and cloud computing.
IT jobs are in especially high demand throughout Europe. Eurostat, the European Union's statistical service, reports that during the past decade, the number of employed IT specialists increased by 33 percent across the EU, compared with 2 percent growth for total employment. And more talent is needed.
The VDI, the Association of German Engineers states that about 21 percent of engineers in Germany are older than 55 and often stay with a company until retirement. Therefore, the most sought-after employees are IT professionals with up-to-date skills.
Employers worldwide are scrambling to hire cybersecurity professionals. According to Cisco’s report on the cybersecurity talent gap, there are more than 1 million unfilled positions in the field. Foote Partners expects the demand for cybersecurity specialists to rise to 6 million jobs by 2019, with an expected shortfall of 1.5 million qualified professionals. And the demand is likely to grow 3.5 times faster than in the overall IT labor market.
“There is a need for as many people as possible to hit the ground running to meet the demand for cyber specialists,” Foote Partners says.