It’s fast approaching 2023 and for many, thoughts are turning to a career fine-tune. With the IT and tech sectors in a constant state of flux, it can be difficult to know how to put your best foot forward. How do you predict the careers that will be in top demand in five years’ time? How do you figure out when you’ll need to upskill or re-train to get a top-paying tech role?
We’ve rounded up the top-paying IT qualifications to set you up for that tech role career change next year. Because when you follow the money, you’re usually following the opportunities. We’ve also got some advice on how you can succeed in each of the relevant fields.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s explore some potential roles in tech that could earn you big bucks into the future. Discover 5 top-paying tech roles for 2023.
You could earn: £65,000-85,000+
Project managers are leaders. They shepherd their teams so that they can achieve the project goals and KPIs that they have set out for a specific time period or quarter. Unlike general managers, their work is dictated by time spans.
Because of this, the job can be quite demanding. To succeed, you need to have brilliant people management, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. You’ll also need a variety of different technical skills depending on what field you’re in.
Project managers are highly sought after across the tech industry. They are also a key component in agile teams. This qualification is one of the most mature and stable roles that an IT manager can get. Typical requirements generally include at least three years of experience in a related role and a PMP certification which can be acquired through a professional association such as a university or online training platform.
Vector Recruitment is hiring for a Project Management role in Cambridge. You will be expected to deliver new Biotech Automation prototypes and products in line with the business strategy. Get full details on the job here.
Big data architect/engineer
You could earn: £85,000-100,000+
Big data refers to enormous data sets that have been gathered from multiple sources or from industrial sources, and to be processed into usable data they need specific tools such as NoSQL databases, Hadoop, and Spark because of their complexity and sheer size.
Over the last decade, we have seen big data emerge as more than a technology. It is now expanding across fields like strategic management, retail, pharmaceutical, research and development, marketing, and sales.
One recent report listed data engineering as one of the fastest-growing jobs in the UK, and lists data skills as requirements in many other on-the-rise jobs. Top qualifications in this field include, Associate Certified Analytics Professional (aCAP), Certification of Professional Achievement in Data Sciences, and Certified Analytics Professional. You’ll also need experience with scripting, programming, and DevOps.
If you’re looking for a role in the field, GHD, a leading professional services company, is recruiting for a Big Data Science Consultant. You will be involved in analysis of a variety of engineering and business-related data for a multitude of clients and use cases across GHD, including people movement data and semi-structured data formats, among other tasks. Find out more about the job here.
You could earn: £90,000-100,000+
Cybersecurity architect is a senior-level position. Generally, someone in this role is responsible for planning, testing, implementing, and maintaining a company’s computer and network security infrastructure.
This field is well paid because cybercrimes are on the rise. An IBM survey found that data breaches in 2021 cost companies, on average, $4.24m per incident – a record high, up 10% from the year prior.
To be a cybersecurity architect individuals need knowledge of Windows, UNIX, and Linux. They will also need a solid grasp of security controls such as firewalls. There are lots of different cybersecurity qualifications but the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) are three of the most recognised in the UK.
Citi is hiring in London for a Security Technical Architect, who will be responsible for the architecture, design, and testing of the security designs of public and private cloud infrastructure for end-to-end solutions, aligned to the organisational standards. Interested? Get the complete job spec here.
You could earn: £95,000-100,000+
A cloud architect is an IT professional who is responsible for overseeing a company’s cloud computing strategy. Their day-to-day role includes evaluating the integrity of software, creating and organising cloud systems, and developing relevant cloud strategies.
Cloud professionals are in high demand, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic. As our reliance on remote access continues to grow, so will the need for qualified professionals in this field. In fact, by 2023, the public cloud computing market is estimated to reach more than $599bn, up from a projected $495bn in 2022, according to Statista.
In order to be successful, cloud architects need experience in software development, knowledge of data storage fundamentals, and security foundations. Cloud architecture is not an entry-level role, many people move to it after gaining experience. The top qualifications include Associate AWS certified solutions architect, Google Professional Cloud (GPC), or Arcitura certified cloud architect.
Pinsent Masons is hiring for a Cloud Engineer role in Birmingham. This will suit someone who has significant experience in a similar enterprise role, demonstrable experience designing and deploying applications and infrastructure into public cloud (Microsoft Azure) as well as demonstrable experience in deployment and management of virtualised environments, including VMware and public cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Find out more here.
You could earn: £95,000-110,000+
Solutions architects plan and design how a software product should be developed in order for its implementation to succeed, and also to solve problems.
The field of solutions architecture is growing rapidly, because of the bridge these professionals build between business needs and technological innovation.
There is no single path to becoming a solutions architect. Aside from needing excellent analytic and communication skills, professionals in this field can come from many different backgrounds. Some institutions offer graduate-level certificate programs in systems architecture or can become a certified solution architect through a reputable certifying agency.
AQA is hiring a Solutions Architect in Milton Keynes, and you’ll need Azure platform knowledge and a track record in either web architecture or microservices, in a role that will play a pivotal part in ensuring the successful evolution from a .net / c# environment to an Azure hosted web front end/microservice architecture. Get full information now.
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