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5 Tech Roles Sorely Lacking Talent in 2021

5 Tech Roles Sorely Lacking Talent in 2021

March 31, 2021 in Centriq News / by Elizabeth Granada

COVID has changed the professional working world forever. In the case of IT, however, that might just be a positive thing. According to IT staffing agency Motion Recruitment, the market lost 180,000 total jobs in December 2020 – but gained 20,000 IT jobs. Why has the IT job market exploded, and what are the most in-demand tech roles in 2021?


The reason for the increase in available IT jobs is simple: COVID has demanded an unprecedented amount of work in the healthcare and technology space while also forcing companies to rapidly develop and improve their e-commerce platforms. But this change comes with significant growing pains; there just isn’t enough IT talent to execute these roles properly


Here are 5 of the most in-demand IT roles in 2021 [the information from this article is attributed to Motion Recruitment]:

DAta professionals

The healthcare industry needs data analytical experts to be able to tackle COVID head-on. These professionals can help find treatments for COVID patients, generate prediction models to contain and prevent spread, and collect and test data from existing medicine to help find more effective vaccines. According to Indeed, job postings for data scientists have grown 77.6% since 2016. Data professionals are crucial in any industry, but COVID has shone a light on just how critically we need these experts in healthcare. 

automation engineers

We knew that we were lacking in automation engineering talent even before the COVID meteor hit our world. But in the past year, automation roles have exploded – and will continue to do so. Oxford Economic Reports claims that more than 3 million automation roles will need to be filled in the next decade. According to WorkMarket’s 2020 (In)Sight, 53% of employees report that automation can save them up to 2 hours of work a day, while 78% of business leaders assume it can save them up to 3. This time-saving allows employers to preserve resources while giving employees some extra room for professional development. Automation is a no-brainer – but where’s the talent to effectively execute it? 

E-commerce has boomed in the past year – now the expectation is for companies to conduct business with an effective and streamlined automation service. Automation specialist roles are in high demand – and will continue to be even after the pandemic.

Full Stack and mobile engineers

Coding professionals carry unique skills that are impossible for most laypeople to replicate. And with the emergence of telehealth in a COVID and post-COVID world, full stack and mobile engineers are more crucial now than ever. 2020 saw 50% of doctors shifting their in-person appointments to online. While this was an effective way to reduce the spread of COVID, it also overloaded the health professionals’ IT systems, causing website crashes and a high volume of customer service calls. Full stack and mobile engineers are necessary to manage these telehealth interfaces – while also maintaining a secure system that ensures HIPPA protocols.  

Gaming also saw an upswing in usage in 2020; according to App Annie, game downloads increased 80% in just one month. This led to a high demand of developers in the gaming industry – gaming companies require someone to know the front end, back end, and infrastructure of their games. The demand for full stack and mobile engineers won’t be slowing down any time soon. 

infrastructure engineers

Largely due to the 2020/2021 work from home initiative, the cloud has seen more usage than ever before. Microsoft saw a 770% increase in cloud usage, and internet usage increased by over 50%. Infrastructure engineers are essential to keeping these processes running smoothly and steadily.  

Online shopping and delivery have increased up to 200% in the past year. This style of shopping, particularly food buying, became more popular than ever during mandatory lockdowns, and continues to thrive well into 2021. Infrastructure engineers are needed now and will be needed more than ever as e-commerce continues to thrive. 

cybersecurity engineers

Working from home has allowed many in the workforce to execute their jobs comfortably and safely, away from large groups of people. But with the large amounts of people working from home, we’ve also seen increased security threats. Cyber attacks through phishing scams are occurring more frequently and are even more dangerous. Most peoples’ at-home WiFi is not equipped to handle large-scale cyber attacks in the way that office network systems can. Preventative measures are now more important than ever – along with the professionals that can prevent these attacks from happening. 

The need for cybersecurity engineers will continue to grow in 2021 – this year, there will be more than 3.5 million cybersecurity roles filled globally. As a large amount of our workforce abruptly transitioned to a work from home schedule, companies scrambled to fill network security roles – and are still looking for more talent. Much of the professional workforce will continue to work from home, and this vulnerable workforce will need to be protected by worthy administrators.  

how do i get into it?

COVID has forced us to reevaluate the importance of certain roles in our workforce, especially IT roles. These roles allow us to safely work from home, online shop with ease, schedule telehealth appointments with our doctors, and just might allow us to get back to normal life by helping to curb COVID. While these backend roles may not get the glory from the public, they are definitely getting attention from recruiters and business leaders. 

Luckily, there are training programs available to become an IT professional, no college degree requiredCentriq Online IT Career Program Training offers a 4-month program for students who wish to learn either Full Stack or network and security — no IT background or knowledge required. This is the perfect time to break into the IT worldIT’s significance grew exponentially in 2020, and we aren’t pulling back the reins on this surge any time soon – or maybe ever. Speak to an Admissions Advisor today to start your IT career! 



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