Article:Tech still No. 1 when it comes to hottest jobs

February 17th, 2017 | Articles | No Comments »

Dive Brief:

  • IT jobs lead the list of the hottest occupations for 2017, according to analysis by CareerBuilder and labor market data provider Emsi.
  • IT has experienced 12% job growth since 2012, the fastest job growth of any industry, having added approximately 472,000 jobs since 2012.
  • “Our research shows that employers are very invested in expanding head count in areas such as analytics and data science, product development, and sales as they strive to stay competitive in B2B [business to business] and B2C [business to consumer] markets,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder.

Dive Insight:

Technology is driving a plethora of enterprise initiatives, which means tech talent remains in high demand. That demand is predicted to continue growing for the next several years. It’s also driving tech salaries up, which is helping attract more workers to the field.

Base compensation in the technology and creative fields is expected to increase 3.8% and 3.6% this year, respectively, according to recent research from Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group.

Other job categories that made CareerBuilder’s “hot” list for 2017: health care, business and financial operations, sales jobs and skilled trades jobs.