Jobs In Demand During and After Covid-19, Part 1

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is taking a massive toll on the global economy, destroying millions of jobs worldwide as companies are forced to reduce staff. The International Labour Organization has forecast that the pandemic could reduce global working hours by nearly 7 percent in the second quarter of 2020. This is the equivalent to 195 million full-time jobs.

According to a report by McKinsey, in Africa, Europe, and the United States, up to a third of the workforce is vulnerable to reduced income, furloughs, or layoffs as a result of the pandemic. Many millions of jobs could be lost permanently, which, in turn, would dampen consumer spending.

The pandemic is forcing many firms to rethink the way they operate, prompting them to digitize processes, allow employees to work remotely and move to platforms. All this is increasing demand for certain tech professionals that can help with the transition. 

Indeed, the tech sector is considered one of the safest industries in the post Covid-19 world. Career Karma has researched the tech positions in high demand during the pandemic. Demand for these jobs is likely to continue increasing after the pandemic.

Junior DevOps Consultant

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A few of the jobs on this list will be in the field of system administration. According to LinkedIn, Systems Operator is the second most in-demand job right now in the US.

DevOps is a combination of two teams, the development team and the operations team. The two groups work together to create products faster and more efficiently. Positions are continually being posted to fill roles on DevOps teams, with Junior DevOps Consultants particularly in high demand.

To pursue a career as a DevOps Consultant, you must first gain experience as a DevOps Engineer. You need a bachelor’s degree in computer science or computer engineering and years of experience in software development and system operations. Additional qualifications, like the AWS Certified DevOps Engineer Professional, make you a competitive candidate.

As a DevOps Consultant, your responsibilities focus on helping companies implement software development principles to optimize enterprise applications. You answer to company leadership and act as liaison for management, software developers, and the IT team, combining their unique views into actionable steps. You need great technical skills for this role.

In 2019, the average base pay for a DevOps Engineer was $99,604 a year.

Systems Administrator

In the same area as the previous entry, Network and Systems Administrators manage complex systems vital to the functioning of businesses and organizations. These professionals are in demand today in virtually every industry in the country, with the Bureau of Labour Statistics projecting that the number of openings available will grow by 5 percent from 2018 to 2028 

Every business can potentially employ Network and Systems Administrators. These professionals earn high salaries, even compared to other technology jobs. In 2018, the median salary for this profession was $82,050

Remote Infrastructure Engineer

An IT Infrastructure Engineer ensures all the IT systems that support businesses of any size function efficiently. With global connections predicted to reach 3.5 billion by 2023, the demand for Remote Infrastructure Engineers will increase in the foreseeable future.

Infrastructure Engineers work with Internet connections, cabling, virtualization platforms and storage area networks. They ensure all of the systems within an organization function seamlessly. A Network Infrastructure Engineer works on-site or remotely evaluating all the systems within an infrastructure.

These professionals interact with all vendors on behalf of their organizations concerning their infrastructure and need excellent written and spoken communication skills. They have the flexibility of being able to work remotely. 

The average salary for this position is $72,323.

Senior Marketing Data Scientist

Data Scientist is one of the best paid and most in-demand professions in tech. Data Scientists collect and analyze vast amounts of data, and companies used their findings to make decisions critical to their bottom line. The Data Scientist turns massive lists of data into actionable recommendations that help a business achieve its goals.

Marketing is a very lucrative industry for Data Scientists. Insights produced by a Data Scientist can tell a retail store which products to stock or recommend to a customer. Using advanced Artificial Intelligence techniques like machine learning, Data Scientists can play an essential role in creating targeted campaigns that boost sales.

A Data Scientist working for an e-commerce company collects and analyzes data related to sales on the site. It uses that information to learn more about customer behavior.

The average salary for a Data Scientist last year was $120,495.

Database Administrator

Database Administrators, similarly to Data Scientists, work with large volumes of digital information and help clients manage data. These professionals also maintain databases and ensure that systems run as efficiently and effectively as possible. Database Administrators play a critical role in many companies, especially those that generate large amounts of data. 

For example, a Database Administrator working for an education provider ensures all course data is stored safely. They also give students access to the information they need and allow professors to amend courses when changes are required.

The Bureau of Labour Statistics predicts that demand for these professionals will grow by 9 percent in the next ten years. The median salary for a Database Administrator is $90,070.

Software Engineers

From phone apps to Internet browsers, Software Engineers are responsible for many of the programs that power the modern economy. Nearly every industry in the world uses some kind of software, so the demand for these professionals isn’t going away anytime soon.

Almost 6 in 10 employers would consider changing their work-from-home policies if their workers were able to maintain productivity during the pandemic, according to a March survey from Monster. The software architecture that powers remote digital services needs to be built and maintained to enable workers to do their jobs from home. As demand for those services increase, so will jobs in this area. 

The median salary in 2018 for Software Developers was $105,590 a year or $51 an hour. In 2018, there were 1,365,500 people employed in this area, but this is expected to grow by 21 percent by 2028.

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