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The tech world is growing at a rapid rate, in stark contrast to other industries. Many sectors have struggled over the past couple of years due to the recession and the difficult economic climate, but it seems that technology is leading the way for job demand.

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Think about it; civilization is fast-paced and machinery has had to evolve to cater to modern society’s needs. In such a tech-savvy world where everything takes place over the World Wide Web, it makes sense that more and more businesses seek skilled and experienced tech professionals.

Schools.com has published a fantastic infographic on the 5 hottest tech jobs for 2013. It gives a great spotlight on the industry, and the skills needed to get them.

So how is the industry performing?

From 2010 to 2020, computer related occupations are expected to grow 22% which is much higher than the 14% projected growth for all other sectors.

Out of the ‘top 100 jobs for 2013’, as concluded by the U.S News & World report, five jobs were tech-related; so the future looks bright for techies!

What is more, according to a recent survey by Computerworld.com, 33% of IT executives plan to hire in 2013.

And the top 5 tech jobs are?

Computer systems analyst

• 22% projected growth, with over 120,000 jobs being created

• Median salary $78,770

• Recommended training includes a Bachelor’s degree in computer or information science. However, a technical degree may not be required if you can display technical expertise.

Database administrator

• 31% estimated growth, with almost 34,000 jobs being created

• Median salary $75,190

• Recommended training includes a Bachelor’s degree in information management or a computer-related subject. Must have experience in data analysis and relevant certifications.

Software developer

• 30% predicted growth, with almost 271,000 jobs being created

• Median salary $96,600

• Recommended training includes a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering or related field. Must have strong computer programming skills, but a math degree can be acceptable.

Web developer

• 22% planned growth, with 65,700 jobs being created

• Median salary $77,990

• Recommended training includes a Bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Must have knowledge in web programming languages.

Computer programmer

• 12% projected growth, with around 48,000 jobs being created

• Median salary $72,630

• Recommended training includes an Associate degree in computer science and commensurate experience. However, a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field can be acceptable.

What does all this mean? There is no better time than now to go solo. If you are qualified in one of the positions mentioned above, and you have been considering going freelance for some time, hopefully these findings will encourage you to take a leap of faith and become your own boss.

As after all, if there is a demand that means there is work ready to be won. So put yourself out there and be one of the contractors hired this year!

This article was written by Lauren Grice on behalf of Nixon Williams, the specialists in contractor accountancy.
 

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