Data-related jobs will be the most sought-after IT roles in next 3 years

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Information and communications technology full-time employment will reach 55.3 million worldwide in 2020, an increase of 4 percent over 2019, according to the first Worldwide Technology Employment Impact Guide from International Data Corp.

The study forecasts steady growth in ITC job roles through 2023, led by data and machine learning positions. By 2023, jobs in the field will reach more than 62 million, expanding at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.8 percent.

The employment demand estimates are based on a combination of qualitative and quantitative data from several primary and secondary sources, which are used to determine a demand forecast for each specific role by industry and region.

The largest role groups in the study are the applications group, containing eight roles related to software development and management; IT/technical, which includes five graphic, multimedia, and Web design roles; and technical support.

Together, these three groups will account for about three quarters of all ICT full-time roles throughout the forecast.
The cyber security role group will see the fastest growth, with a five-year CAGR of 9.6 percent. Of the 40 technology job roles covered in the report, three will account for nearly one third of all ICT roles throughout the forecast: software developer/engineer, user support specialist, and systems analyst.

The fastest growing roles will be data scientist, machine learning design/development/engineer, and data engineer.

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