If you’re looking for a job now or will be years from now, you may want to polish your digital, analytical, and people skills. Or start developing them.
Those types of skills are common among 10 jobs listed as in demand in today’s economy during the coronavirus pandemic, and will be needed more in the future. The list comes from Microsoft
after it analyzed data from LinkedIn’s Economic Graph, which tracks workforce trends and provides a window into emerging skill gaps.
The 10 jobs were identified as having:
- The greatest number of job openings
- Steady growth over the past four years
- A livable wage
- Skills that can be learned online
Here are the 10 jobs Microsoft found to be in high demand as part of its global skills initiative aimed at bringing more digital skills to 25 million people worldwide by the end of the year:
1. Software Developer
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the job outlook for software developers will grow 22% from 2019 to 2029, which it says is much faster than average job growth.
Median pay is $107,510 per year. A bachelor’s degree in computer science is typically needed to get a first job in the field.
2. Sales Representative
are often plentiful, and are all over the map in educational levels needed and pay rates.
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives earned median pay of $63,000 in 2019, according to the BLS. Sales reps in telecommunications, consulting and computer systems design earned similar salaries.
This is one of the many jobs on this list where “soft” skills like collaborating with others and communicating effectively are important. People-oriented “success skills” are as essential when technology jobs are growing as they were for previous generations.
3. Project Manager
Managing projects from beginning to end to keep them on time, on budget, and in scope can keep you busy and employed for years to come.
The median annual wage in 2014 was $67,280, according to the BLS.
4. IT Administrator
This job’s staying power should come as no surprise to anyone who has ever had to call technical support at work to get their computer to work right.
Network and computer systems administrators
are responsible for the daily operation of computer networks. Information technology workers are in high demand as firms invest in newer, faster technology and mobile networks.
In 2019 their median pay was $83,510 annually, the BLS says. Job growth through 2029 was projected at 4%, which is average for all professions.
5. Customer Service Specialist
This is another job where people skills are important. They interact with customers to handle complaints, process orders, and answer questions.
Only a high school diploma or equivalent is needed to get such jobs.
Their median annual pay in 2019 was $34,710. The BLS disagrees with Microsoft’s job outlook, however. The government projects a 2% decline through 2029 as more of their tasks become automated.
6. Digital Marketing Specialist
Like sales representatives, marketing specialists work in many fields. The industries that hire the most marketing specialists are management, scientific and technical consulting services; and advertising and public relations services.
Marketing specialists have a higher starting salary than sales reps, with the mean annual wage at $71,570, according to the BLS. Most of the jobs are in California and New York.
What do they do, exactly? The BLS says they gather information to determine potential sales of a product or service, or plan a marketing or advertising campaign. They may gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and ways to market and distribute products.
Their job skills require marketing tactics, analyzing web metrics, and developing recommendations to increase search engine ranking and visibility to target markets.
7. IT Support / Help Desk
All of those well-paid information technology administrators in job #4 need some help, and IT support and help desk workers provide it by helping employees with their computer problems.
They earned a median annual salary of $54,760 in 2019. Job growth in this field is projected by the BLS to be 8% from 2019 to 2029, which is double the average job growth.
Work hours can fall outside of normal work times of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., which can be a good thing if you don’t mind working odd hours. Computer support services may be needed by businesses 24 hours a day, requiring many support specialists to work nights or weekends.
8. Data Analyst
A data analyst examines information to help their teams develop insights and business strategies. Skills in math, statistics, communications and working with tools designed to do data analytics and data visualization are required.
The BLS doesn’t have information on this job, but Glassdoor says the average base pay is $62,453 per year.
9. Financial Analyst
Surprise, here’s another analytical job that pays well.
These money advisors to businesses and individuals earned a median annual salary of $81,590
in 2019, according to the BLS. Job growth through 2029 is projected at 5%.
Financial analysts help people and businesses make investment decisions. They work in offices at least 40 hours per week. A bachelor’s degree is typically required.
10. Graphic Designer
earned a mean annual wage of $56,510 in 2019, according to the BLS. They work in almost every industry, so jobs should be plentiful.
They work in jobs all over the country, but California and New York are where most graphic designers work. Wages for this job are highest in the District of Columbia and Washington state.