The whirl of technological innovation of the last 20 years has produced many new businesses and industries, and with them have come many new jobs. Each year, new jobs seem to appear to support burgeoning technological industries. Here are some of the hottest jobs in the business world for 2017 and beyond.
A relatively new field that has drawn much attention from some of the world’s largest businesses is data science. As business moves farther into the digital space, companies have access to vastly more customer data than ever before. However, in order to make use of it, these businesses need people to turn these mountains of data into understandable and actionable information. This is where data scientists come in. By sifting through data and discovering patterns, data scientists can help businesses capitalize on valuable information to the fullest extent.
Website development is at the core of many modern online businesses. Developers must create both the front-end of the site, which is what users see, and the back-end, which is the portion of the site that interacts with hosting servers. Developers who are proficient in both of these areas are known as full-stack developers, as they can see a website creation project through from start to finish. Full-stack developers are in high demand, as businesses find it convenient to be able to rely on a single developer for all elements of website creation.
Even as it has created entirely new industries, the growth of technological fields has also revitalized and supported some more traditional ones, including engineering. Engineers today are tasked with creating both hardware and software for consumer and business products, making engineering a wider field than it has ever been in the past.
Banks and investment firms trying to make money in the modern market need a thorough knowledge base in order to make their investing decisions. The job of finance analysts is to provide this expertise. Finance analysts research individual companies and broad economic conditions to provide useful advice on what securities are going to be the best investments.
With the growing amounts of digital data that businesses handle, the demand for professionals who maintain that information is climbing rapidly. Database administrators work with unique software tools to keep data properly organized within databases. They are also responsible for ensuring that the information stored in databases is easily accessible and that databases perform at optimal speeds to meet the growing demands on them.
Though it is far from a new field, accounting is still one of the most critical support fields for all businesses. Companies large and small need skilled professionals to track their income and expenses, prepare documents at tax time and find ways to handle money as efficiently as possible. Depending on how far you want to go with your career in accounting, you may even be able to break into the field without a college education. For higher-level accounting responsibilities, however, you will likely need to be licensed as a CPA.