Technology jobs are hot right now, as some of the world's leading technological firms have reported increased hiring, demand and development at the beginning of the year. This industry continues to shift along with technological innovations and trends, providing new employment opportunities for interested workers.
Breaking into the technology realm may be easier for some, but with the right training, eagerness to learn and a positive attitude, individuals can find the perfect occupation in this field.
Outlook for tech bright
Tech firms are predicted to expand operations in the next several years, as they continue to develop products to meet rising demand from the public. According to the 2013 Technology Industry Outlook Survey released by KPMG, firms will face a variety of challenges in the next several years, but as technologies – like cloud and mobile – continue to advance, companies will require additional employees to find ways to optimize these trends for their operations. The report also states that international business in this sector will grow throughout the next several years as more countries outside the U.S. adopt rising technologies.
Joining the club
There are several considerations to be made for individuals looking to work these jobs. Because these occupations require highly skilled workers, people should pursue some sort of degree or certificate in one niche field pertaining to their specific interests. This way, job seekers can remain competitive against the throng of applicants.
However, CIO magazine reported that some employers are more concerned about interest in the IT realm than specialized degrees in one area. Jim O'Neill, the CIO of HubSpot, an inbound marketing software company, explained that individuals who are willing to learn and passionate about technology tend to catch on quickly.
"I don't think in the past five-plus years I've hired someone based on their education," O'Neill told the source. "It's not a direct correlation to their success here."
Other firms, such as Google and Amazon, require employees to conduct a series of aptitude tests to examine their problem-solving and quick-thinking skills.
Best cities for employment
Forbes recently reported that there are several cities in the U.S. poised for continued tech growth. According to the article, San Jose, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, California, are the top three regions for finding employment in this industry. From 2005 to 2013, technology firms grew by more than 60 percent, and currently account for more than 6 percent of all jobs in the area. Other areas on the list included Cambridge, Massachusetts, Austin, Texas, and Madison, Wisconsin.