By all indications, the coming year will be fruitful for IT managers and professionals, especially for those with skills related to data, cloud and cybersecurity. The latest data from Hays finds 68 percent of IT employers will increase full-time IT hiring during 2019, and 53 percent will increase their use of consultants, especially in the areas of cybersecurity and cloud computing. Leslie Stevens-Huffman just ran through Foote Partners' latest compilation of IT jobs in demand, and there is a notable tilt toward opportunities involving data management and analysis. Foote's reporting is based on salary and skills pay data collected from 3,289 employers representing 292,000 IT professionals. Two strong categories of IT job growth include AI and cybersecurity, Stevens-Huffman relates.
The threat of hacking seems to lurk around every corner, but American universities may not be doing enough to prepare the next generation of cyberdefenders. None of America's top 10 computer science programs -- as ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2015 -- requires graduates to take even one cybersecurity course, according to a new analysis from security firm CloudPassage. Three of the 10 top-ranked programs don't even offer a single elective cybersecurity course, according to the company's findings. And only one of the top 36 programs, the University of Michigan, requires students to take a security course to graduate. The dramatic increase in data breaches in recent years has highlighted the need for cybersecurity skills in the workforce.
Cybersecurity's fastest-growing skill areas reflect the high priority organizations place on building secure digital infrastructures that can scale. Application Development Security and Cloud Security are far and away from the fastest-growing skill areas in cybersecurity, with projected 5-year growth of 164% and 115%, respectively. This underscores the shift from retroactive security strategies to proactive security strategies. According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Information Security Analyst's Outlook, cybersecurity jobs are among the fastest-growing career areas nationally. The BLS predicts cybersecurity jobs will grow 31% through 2029, over seven times faster than the national average job growth of 4%.