As the digital transformation of the world continues unabated, it has brought with it a plethora of exciting new opportunities for professionals in the technology space. Given that a lot of the skills that the digital world requires are still in short supply, most of these jobs are highly paid.
If you’re an IT professional wondering where you should set your sights in 2021 to bump up your earnings, below is a list of jobs that are likely to pay the most in the new year.
Here are 10 jobs you should choose in 2021 to earn big bucks and get rich quickly:
1. Data Scientist:
Several reports agree that ‘Data Scientist’ is the sexist job of the 21st century. Not suprising then that it is at the top of the list highest paid jobs.
A Data Scientist is a professional who makes use of different statistical methods, data analysis techniques, and machine learning to comprehend and analyze data to arrive at crucial business conclusions.
A data scientist is required to be proficient in Microsoft Excel, SQL, etc. and know programming languages like Python, R, and Java. In addition, they also need to understand machine learning and deep learning concepts, and be familiar with Apache Hive, Pig, Spark etc.
A data scientist with a fair amount of experience can make up to US$800K in the US, and in India, nearly 90 lakh rupees per annum.
2. Product Manager
Given that product managers are responsible for the product development for an organization, they are highly valuable. They guide the success of a product and supervise its improvement. They are the brains behind the business strategies of a product.
Product managers must be strategic thinkers and understand data, business competencies, and market trends.
They must be technically sound with respect to their industry. In the US, product managers earn up to US$250K and in India, as high as 1 crore rupees per annum.
3. Cloud Architect
A Cloud Architect is an information technology expert who supervises an organization’s cloud computing system and works on cloud application designs. Cloud architects work with DevOps engineers and developers to ensure that the right technology is being built.
They also need to know cloud computing technologies like AWS, Azure, and GCP. They must also be proficient in programming languages like Java, Python, and C#, and be familiar with tools such as Kubernetes and Docker.
In the US, an experienced cloud architect can earn nearly US$240K, and in India, anywhere between 30-50 lakh rupees per annum.
4. Full Stack Developer
A full-stack developer works with both the front and back ends of a website. They tackle projects that involve building user-facing websites and work with clients during the planning phase of a project.
Finally, you must know to work with MySQL, Oracle, and MongoDB. Full stack developers in the U.S earn nearly US$226K, and in India, about 35 lakh rupees per annum.
5. Big Data Engineer
Big Data has been a revolution in every business sector over the last 10 years. Big Data engineers store, process, and analyze data. They develop, design, test and maintain the big data architecture in an organization.
They should have in-depth knowledge of Hadoop, Spark, RDBMS, and NoSQL. They should have hands-on experience with languages such as Java, and Python and they need to know tools like Hive and Pig.
They must also possess data warehousing skills. Big data engineers earn US$300K in the United States and in India, nearly 30 lakh rupees per annum.
6. DevOps Engineer
Devops engineers work with developers and the IT team to oversee code releases. They code and script to ensure continuous development, integration, and deployment of software. They also automate tests, deploy the code, and monitor it.
They must be able to collaborate effortlessly with different team members. Experienced DevOps engineers can earn up to US$800K in the United States, and in India, around 40 lakh rupees per annum.
7. Blockchain Developer
A blockchain developer researches, designs, develops, and tests blockchain technologies. They build infrastructure and set up security measures to protect against cyber-attacks and help to optimize blockchain protocols. Blockchain developers build decentralized apps and supervise the entire network.
A blockchain developer should be proficient in computer networking, cryptography, and data structures. They should have a fundamental knowledge of programming languages like Java and Python.
They must have experience with blockchain protocols, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. In the United States, a blockchain developer with just a few years of experience earns nearly US$170K and in India, about 22 lakh rupees per annum.
8. Mobile Application Developer
A mobile application developer researches and develops protocols and applications for iOS and Android platforms. They design interfaces in order to improve user experience. They also collaborate with the product development team to propose new features.
They should be familiar with the concept of cybersecurity in order to develop safe and flawless applications and be proficient in Java, C, CSS, and HTML5.
With a few years of experience, mobile application developers can earn up to US$230K in the U.S, and in India, they can earn up to 30 lakh rupees per annum.
9. RPA Developer
RPA developers are professionals who create, develop, and implement RPA systems. They set up automated processes to increase efficiency. They look into the deployment of RPA components like bots, robots, and development tools.
RPA developers possess a rich skillset and ideally have a software development background. They need to know C++, .NET as well as scripting languages. You should have sound knowledge of leading automation tools, e.g., UiPath and Blue Prism.
RPA developers earn nearly US$118K in the U.S, and in India, they earn more than 11 lakh rupees per annum.
10. Information Security Analyst
An Information Security Analyst is entrusted with protecting computer networks in organizations. They install security measures to protect computer systems; they investigate security breaches, document them, fix vulnerabilities, and perform penetration testing.
Coming to the skills, you should be good at networking and must have a good understanding of firewalls, proxies, and IDPS concepts.
Holding cybersecurity certifications will help you a lot. In the United States, an information security analyst earns about US$360K, and in India, about 30 lakh rupees per annum.
Given the dynamic nature of the technology world, new technologies and new roles come and go all the time.
However, a few basic skills and the ability to adapt to changes quickly and efficiently is what will keep professionals at the top of the job market in 2021 and beyond.
– Article by Krishna Kumar, Founder & CEO, Simplilearn