1. 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.

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2. 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.

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3. .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.

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4. 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.

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5. 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.

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