Information technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in America - here are the 13 best IT jobs of the future

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Information technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in America - here are the 13 best IT jobs of the future

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Information technology has incredible growth potential.

  • Information technology jobs are projected to be among the fastest growing through 2024.
  • Hiring managers for IT jobs said skills in cybersecurity, cloud, data analytics, Internet of Things, and converged infrastructure are the highest-value, according to a recent report from IT and networking company Cisco and market intelligence firm IDC.
  • Many of these roles have skill shortages, the report said.

You probably already know IT jobs are well-paid and in-demand. IT jobs are among the fastest-growing for the next decade, according to a 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics report. A recent report from IT and networking company Cisco and market intelligence firm IDC highlighted just which positions are growing the fastest.

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The report shows the IT jobs that are most highly demanded and most important to an organization's success, through a global survey of hiring managers in information technology and analysis of nearly two million IT job postings.

Recruiters said skills in cybersecurity, cloud, data analytics, Internet of Things, and converged infrastructure are the highest-value. They also said there is a skill shortage for many of these roles.

"Digital transformation is driving the industry and creating demand for new roles," said Cushing Anderson, IDC program vice president, in a press release. "The economic opportunities are huge for individuals looking to further their IT careers - or begin them."

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More than five million jobs in information technology are expected to be added globally by 2027, according to the report. Here are 13 positions with the best growth potential.

Each metric is rated on a five-point scale: very low, low, medium, high, and very high.

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Web developer

Web developer

Future importance: Medium

Hiring difficulty: High

Long-term growth: Medium

Median income: $58,171

Mobile applications developer

Mobile applications developer

Future importance: Medium

Hiring difficulty: High

Long-term growth: Medium

Median income: $71,900

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Change management

Change management

Future importance: Medium

Hiring difficulty: Very low

Long-term growth: High

Median income: $95,096

Business intelligence analyst

Business intelligence analyst

Future importance: Medium

Hiring difficulty: Very low

Long-term growth: High

Median growth: $66,208

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Transformation consultant

Transformation consultant

Future importance: Medium

Hiring difficulty: Very low

Long-term growth: Medium

Median income: $95,714

Data engineer

Data engineer

Future importance: Medium

Hiring difficulty: High

Long-term growth: High

Median income: $90,436

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Machine learning designer, developer, or engineer

Machine learning designer, developer, or engineer

Future importance: High

Hiring difficulty: Very low

Long-term growth: High

Median income: $110,899

Software developer or engineer

Software developer or engineer

Future importance: High

Hiring difficulty: Very low

Long-term growth: Medium

Median income: $82,240

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Business intelligence architect or developer

Business intelligence architect or developer

Future importance: High

Hiring difficulty: High

Long-term growth: High

Median income: $108,475

IoT designer, developer, or engineer

IoT designer, developer, or engineer

Future importance: High

Hiring difficulty: Very low

Long-term growth: High

Median income: $95,800

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Cyber security engineer or analyst

Cyber security engineer or analyst

Future importance: High

Hiring difficulty: Very low

Long-term growth: High

Median income: $74,360

Network engineer or architect

Network engineer or architect

Future importance: High

Hiring difficulty: Very low

Long-term growth: Low

Median income: $84,175

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Security management specialist

Security management specialist

Future importance: Very high

Hiring difficulty: Very low

Long-term growth: High

Median income: $70,043