This year’s most in-demand tech jobs


Staffing agency Robert Half International has identified the 13 most hard-to-staff technology jobs for 2019, including average salary ranges for each position along with the skills and experience needed to be a successful candidate.

While Robert Half’s report is designed as a resource for enterprises looking to hire people, it also serves as a useful guide for job-seekers who want to make sure they are paid what they’re worth.

Before we get to the list of jobs, however, here’s a valuable nugget of data for people looking to land a tech job: According to a Robert Half survey of more than 2,600 IT hiring decision-makers in the U.S., 43% of technology leaders are willing to increase the salary or compensation package when they hire for certain positions.

So don’t be shy about asking for more! There’s nearly a 50-50 chance that the hiring company will be willing to negotiate. You might as well play hardball, based on the urgent need of employers to recruit the best talent.

“Because in-demand tech pros know their expertise is hard to find, many have high expectations about compensation, perks, benefits, professional development and advancement opportunities,” Robert Half writes. “When a business does find candidates who are a good fit, it can’t afford to waste time. Top professionals are weighing multiple offers, and delays in the hiring process can cause them to turn to other opportunities.”

That being said, a “good fit” these days means having more than mad tech skills: You need the soul of a poet! OK, maybe you just need to communicate well with people.

“Companies want professionals who can assume blended roles — positions that sit between IT and another department such as marketing or operations,” the report says. “This calls for not only specialized technical expertise but also a solid array of soft skills.”

These skills would include empathy, critical thinking, and the ability to work effectively with others.

There’s a lot of data in Robert Half’s tech salary guide, which you can see in full by downloading the report. In the meantime, below are what the report identifies as the hardest-to-fill tech jobs:

  • Business intelligence analysts
  • Cloud architects
  • Cloud systems engineers
  • Data scientists
  • Database developers
  • Developers (web, software, mobile)
  • DevOps engineers
  • Full-stack developers
  • Help desk and desktop support professionals
  • IoT specialists
  • Network administrators
  • Security professionals (data, information, network, systems, cloud)
  • Systems administrators

Bottom line: If you have the tech skills to do any of the above jobs — plus the soul of a poet — this could be a great year for you. Now go get ’em!

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