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As technology permeates more and more into the everyday aspects of our lives, it is only natural that the same pattern can be seen in the workforce. Tech jobs have an all-time high demand and it is bound to increase with time.

According to Cyberstates 2017 , an annual analysis of the USA’s tech industry by technology association CompTIA, more than 7.3 million workers formed the country’s tech-industry workforce as of 2017. The survey also found out that the unemployment rate in the tech industry is far lower than the national average in the States.

All these markers hint towards a positive trend in the tech industry which means that if you’re looking for a well-paying job in a growing industry, a tech job might be a good bet for you. With that thought in mind, we bring to you 5 most in-demand tech jobs that will be the hottest gigs in 2018.

Blockchain Experts

Blockchain was the hot buzzword of 2017, coupled with Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency. While the concept of cryptocurrencies has been around since mid-2000s, blockchain and bitcoins got almost everyone talking when they became a veritable form of investment in late 2017.

With that in mind, 2018 is bound to be all about Blockchain as it is estimated that the tech behind blockchain will be employed by companies across industries. And hence, Blockchain experts and analysts – professionals who understand the nitty-gritty of Blockchain systems – will be in huge demands across the world.

According to a white paper by European Parliament, Blockchain technology can be deployed to sectors ranging from e-voting to patent industry in the coming years.

Apart from being aware of the inner workings of how Blockchain can be incorporated in different scenarios, a Blockchain expert is expected to have a background in Computer Sciences coupled with good analytical and logical skills.

Average base salary based on recent trends can be anywhere around $100,000.

2. Cloud Engineer

If Blockchain was the buzzword of 2017, everyone seemed to be talking about Cloud Computing back in 2017. That is not to say that the influence of Cloud Computing has gone down in anyway in this new year. In fact, today more and more tech solutions are based on the principles of Cloud Computing and the number is only expected to increase.

Almost all big applications and popular softwares have their databases in Cloud which means that there is a particularly high demand for Cloud Engineers. A Cloud Engineer’s primary responsibility involves designing, planning, managing, maintaining, and supporting the varying software that run on cloud based solutions (such as AWS or Adobe).

Cloud Engineers are expected to be familiar with all major cloud solutions like Azure, AWS among others along with popular coding frameworks like PHP, Node, Python etc.

You can expect to receive an average base salary around $110,000 as a Cloud Engineer.

3. AI Engineers

Artificial Intelligence has grown leaps and bounds in the last decade or so with being a tech industry that sees rapid innovation and constant development. Another good piece of news for those interested in working as an AI Engineer is that the demand far outweighs the supply in this case.

Due to the ever-evolving nature of the AI industry, there’s a near constant demand of engineers who can break new barriers and take us from the world of self-driving cars to something much more amazing.

To become an AI Engineer, a background in software engineering is considered to be of prime importance. Python is the most sought after programming language in the AI industry followed by C#, C++ and other frameworks. One also needs to have a curious bent of mind and a problem-solving aptitude to be a successful AI Engineer.

Average base salary for an AI engineer is expected to be around $118,000.

4. Mobile Application Developer

What’s common between getting a taxi, ordering a meal, sharing your newborn’s first steps with your family? Well, to put it simply, there’s an app to do each of those things. As you would already know if you’ve not been living under the rock, smartphones and mobile apps are everywhere. People are coming up with new app ideas every day. This makes being a Mobile Application Developer an attractive proposition.

As a mobile application developer, you can either become highly skilled with some select platforms like iOS and Android. Or you can choose to acquire expertise in hybrid platforms like PhoneGap and React Native too. Irrespective of what you choose, a good pay and constant demand is not unusual in this niche.

This role demands you to write code and develop applications from scratch. Hence, a background in programming will serve you well.

According to industry estimates, as a Senior App Developer you can earn an average base salary of around $110,000.

5. Cybersecurity Expert

With the penetration of internet into almost every aspect of our daily lives, the whole world has become a large ever-growing cyberspace. Almost everyone who is active on the internet has his/her information floating around in this space which is why cybersecurity experts are expected to be in very high demand in 2018.

Where there’s data, there is also a chance of it being misused, erased and/or tampered with. This is where a cybersecurity expert steps in and makes sure that there is no unauthorized access or usage of information over on the internet.

Cybersecurity expertsprimarily deal withpreventing cyber attacks through their expertise and knowledge of databases, networks, hardware, firewalls and encryption. There are several certifications that tend to the specialized areas of cybersecurity and are generally need to be acquired before you can get hired as a cybersecurity. Having a high level of attention to detail is also a big positive since the job involves detecting anomalies in a system.

Average base salary can be anywhere around $105,000.

These are only a handful of jobs that are expected to be highly sought after in 2018. Tech industry has several other job opportunities that cater to a plethora of expectations and demands such as QA Analysis, Database engineering, DevOps among many others.

Being an ever-evolving sphere, tech industry always has something for everyone. All you need is knowledge, perseverance and to know where to look.

Laura Buckler has brought amazing changes in her readers. She regularly help students at coursework service. Her freelance writing skills, along with her strong personality, help people develop confidence and positive emotions. For more info, follow her on twitter.

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