today's best information technology jobs.

What are today's hottest information technology jobs — and what certifications, skills or credentials will you need to qualify for them? We've got answers for all of that and more below.

what you need to know

There's probably no field quite as fast-moving as the world of tech today — so we've compiled our list of best jobs, as well as the skills and certifications relevant to each. Demand is high for innovative tech and IT positions all around, but you won't find many, in terms of competition or payoffs, on par with the following five.

best information technology jobs in 2021

cloud engineer

From data storage to application development, service delivery and more, so many aspects of what leading companies do today depends on the cloud. With more than 40,000 jobs posted for cloud engineers in the last 12 months — and no signs of demand slowing down — this position was a shoe-in for our list of best jobs in tech for 2021.

DevOps developer

Eager to collaborate with developers and IT teams on time-sensitive, mission-critical code releases? DevOps developers are at the center of the action, combining strong tech foundations with the strategy and vision to consistently deliver results. If that sounds like you, you're in luck. In high demand, DevOps developers should find no shortage of career opportunities — in 2021 and beyond.
 

.NET developer

Configuring systems. Maintaining and developing software. Designing and executing applications from scratch. There's really no limit to the value .NET developers are delivering for businesses today. That's why companies are snapping them up just as fast as they can — and why this role is one of 2021's best jobs in tech.

machine learning engineer

Companies right now are focused on increasing their operational efficiency in order to deliver better results, and in many cases machine learning (ML) is how they're doing it. In fact, having advanced ML capabilities can be a key differentiator as well as a driver of innovation. So it's no surprise these savvy tech pros are highly in demand as a result.
 

security analyst

The global pandemic saw a scary rise in the frequency and volume of cybersecurity attacks. Looking forward that experience may have changed the way most companies think about and approach cybersecurity for good. And that's good for security analysts as well. These savvy tech experts are indispensable to organizations across the board, safeguarding data and fencing out malicious actors. Expect their stock to continue climbing throughout 2021.
 

cloud engineer

From data storage to application development, service delivery and more, so many aspects of what leading companies do today depends on the cloud. With more than 40,000 jobs posted for cloud engineers in the last 12 months — and no signs of demand slowing down — this position was a shoe-in for our list of best jobs in tech for 2021.

DevOps developer

Eager to collaborate with developers and IT teams on time-sensitive, mission-critical code releases? DevOps developers are at the center of the action, combining strong tech foundations with the strategy and vision to consistently deliver results. If that sounds like you, you're in luck. In high demand, DevOps developers should find no shortage of career opportunities — in 2021 and beyond.

.NET developer

Configuring systems. Maintaining and developing software. Designing and executing applications from scratch. There's really no limit to the value .NET developers are delivering for businesses today. That's why companies are snapping them up just as fast as they can — and why this role is one of 2021's best jobs in tech.

machine learning engineer

Companies right now are focused on increasing their operational efficiency in order to deliver better results, and in many cases machine learning (ML) is how they're doing it. In fact, having advanced ML capabilities can be a key differentiator as well as a driver of innovation. So it's no surprise these savvy tech pros are highly in demand as a result.

security analyst

The global pandemic saw a scary rise in the frequency and volume of cybersecurity attacks. Looking forward, that experience may have changed the way most companies think about and approach cybersecurity for good. And that's good for security analysts as well. These savvy tech experts are indispensable to organizations across the board, safeguarding data and fencing out malicious actors. Expect their stock to continue climbing throughout 2021.

best tech skills and certifications

.NET

.NET helps make it easier for teams to collaborate, share information and deliver business value across websites, programs, computers and more. Bear in mind, however, that this is a highly in-demand area of expertise these days. Getting certified might prove to be a differentiator.

AWS

Amazon Web Services, commonly referred to as AWS, is the market leader when it comes to cloud management, testing, deployment and delivery for businesses today. Getting certified is the best way to validate that you're truly among the elite in this fast-growing, high-paying field.

C#

Demand for experts in this general purpose programming language remains high as ever. At the same time, the job market is flooded with resumes right now — so having the right certifications on yours just might set you apart from all the rest.

Every company today is invested in increasing their operational efficiency — and a lot of the time, machine learning (ML) is how they're doing it. Demand is going to remain sky high as a result, which underscores why getting certified could help dramatically improve your odds of getting hired. To start your certification journey, check out this free course today.

cloud

With the shift to massive remote work, it's almost impossible to overstate the importance of cloud deployments in general — and of having cloud experts on hand. As demand continues to soar, candidates with cloud credentials and skills are commanding pretty hefty salaries, too.

compliance

Gone are the days of passive, check-the-box approaches to regulatory compliance. Nowhere is this more true than in IT, where compliance leaders today are actively partnering with business heads to contribute value and gain an edge on competitors. Certification or training in this field can help you show potential employers that you have what it takes.

continuous delivery

The value prop for continuous delivery is simple enough: By developing software in short cycles, tech teams can iterate and innovate without sacrificing reliability. It's a relevant framework for DevOps developers, plus many other in-demand roles in the IT space, and there's no better way to highlight your skills than through formal certification.

data science

"Data science" in practice actually means many different things to many different people, depending on who you ask. As a result, when employers are hiring data scientists, they tend to parse resumes pretty closely in order to find a match. Getting certified helps take the guesswork out of that process — and ensures your relevant skills won't get overlooked.

deep learning

Experts in this subfield of machine learning (ML) are doing incredible things — in fact, the algorithms they deploy are based on the structure and function of the human brain. Being a niche field, however, the competition among candidates is stiff. Pursuing certification is a sure way to improve your chances of getting noticed by employers.

development

Development can mean a lot of different things in tech, so why not make things easier for potential employers? No matter if your specialty is hardware or software, you're going to garner more attention on the job market if you can highlight relevant development certifications on your resume.

DevOps/development operations

Experts in DevOps — shorthand for "development operations" — aren't just passionate about scripting and coding, they're also experienced in a host of other areas: planning, testing, deployment and more. If you fit that description, getting certified can help bring your background into focus, and make your diverse experience more legible, in the eyes of employers.

information security

As the volume of data all around us continues to multiply, protecting key organizational information is becoming far more of a challenge than it was in the past. Simply put, companies need guardians to ensure that private information remains exactly that — private. In that context, having the latest certification or training on your resume should help testify to the strength of your candidacy.

information systems

Expertise in information systems can be a path for high-paying IT jobs in a host of different areas — from programming to software development and everything in between. But with the field continually evolving, are you sure your skills are up-to-date? A timely certification just might help put to rest any doubts in the minds of potential employers.

network security

Network security is top of mind for most organizations today as never before, with new threats constantly emerging — and new security frameworks to combat them. Trying to land your next opportunity in this booming field? Certification may be the ticket.

object-oriented programming

Object-oriented programming (OOP) has been shown to be particularly valuable in collaborative environments — wherever development projects are divided into groups, in other words. No surprise, then, why employers are hiring these skilled pros just as fast as they can find them. Relevant certification on your resume, in turn, should help you find the right opportunity.

python

With myriad frameworks to choose from — bottle.py, Flask, CherryPy, Pyramid, Django, web2py and more — Python opens a world of possibilities for businesses. That's why including the right certifications and credentials on your resume will help convince employers you're the right person to address their needs.

software development

Sure, hardware like your physical computer has played a role in ongoing tech-driven transformation, but it's really software that's in the driver's seat, creating compelling user experiences and bringing innovation to life. Given that you'll be competing against an increasingly global pool of applicants, getting certified will certainly help give you an edge.

web programming

Whatever "language" you speak — XML, HTML, JavaScript, Perl 5, PHP — there are abundant e-learning platforms you can take advantage of and demonstrate your mastery by getting certified today.

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