In today's tech scene, jobs involving DevOps and artificial intelligence are the most in demand at this time. Employers are offering up sizeable premiums -- almost $25,000 in additional salary for professionals who can automate IT operations, and an additional $14,000 a year to those who can deliver AI and machine learning capabilities.
That's the word from a recent analysis by Burning Glass Technologies. The study's authors looked at more than 1.7 million job openings within the United States, and grouped similar technology skills into associated skill areas and assessed both the projected growth of each skill area over the next five years, as well as difficulties filling job openings for said skills.
Along with salary premiums, the study's authors looked at the most "disruptive" job roles seen in information technology. The skill areas projected to grow the fastest include quantum computing and connected technologies, with forecasted growth rates of 135% and 104%, respectively.
The top 10 most disruptive IT jobs on the horizon -- and their projected growth over the next five years-- include the following:
Many of these jobs land in startups -- startups valued at $1 billion or more are 33% more likely to prioritize one or several of these tech job skills in their new hire plans, versus their legacy Fortune 100-based competitors or colleagues, the analysis finds.
"These skill areas are spreading across many different occupations and industries," the Burning Glass report adds. "Eight of the 10 skill areas are already commonly requested in over 30% of occupations. This diffusion of skills across different jobs and industries is hybridizing many roles and teams, requiring employers to be thoughtful in determining which roles are best suited for embedding these skills."