3 more tech jobs to watch in 2015

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What do software developers, systems analysts and information security analysts all have in common (other than being tech roles, of course)? Each of them ranked in the top 10 jobs of 2015, according to U.S. News. The list, based on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics predictions on which jobs will grow the most between 2012 and 2022, boast an impressive number of technology jobs, with these three rising to the top. According to the report, rankings are based on projected openings, rate of growth, job prospects, unemployment rates, salary and job satisfaction. We’ve included them here so you can take a closer look. We also went ahead and listed some relevant courses in each category to help you either get started or level up on your current skill level. Remember, no excuses in 2015!

Software developer

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll notice that this one dropped from first place in 2014 to being third on the list of 2015’s best jobs (a couple of health care positions rose to the top this year). Still, software developer roles are as prominent as ever, with the average salary rising above $96,000. But it’s not just the high-earning potential that makes this one worth noting; the report also states that there could be almost 140,000 new software developer jobs by 2022. A software developer’s work involves researching, designing, implementing and testing software. To put it simply, they make our devices far more interesting. All those apps and programs we’ve come to rely so heavily on? We can thank these folks for that.

Courses to check out

How to Have a Better Career in Software: This one takes a practical look at how you can improve your career in software.

Career and Survival Strategies for Software Developers: Find out what it really means to have a career in software in today's fast-paced world.

Best Practices for Software Startups: Exactly what it sounds like; answers some of the most asked questions regarding software startups.

Systems analyst

Computer systems analysts are as in demand as ever right now, and that need is only expected to grow. This one takes the No. 7 spot on the list (again falling short of a number of health care jobs). It’s a role for those who love both technology and business, as it’s a sort of marriage between the two. Systems analysts make sure that an overall computer system runs as smoothly as it possibly can for the client. This is where the business savvy comes in, as it’s the systems analyst’s job to understand their client’s needs from top to bottom.

Courses to check out

The Art and Practice of Information Architecture: This course covers techniques and tools for the development of a coherent information architecture, including the development of taxonomies and implementation of navigation.

Cloud Business Intelligence: The Big Picture: Learn how BI in the cloud has evolved and if it will benefit your business.

Windows 10 First Look: A quick, concise, look at what's coming in Windows 10.

Information security analyst

While it comes in at No. 8 on the list, its importance tops the charts. That’s because these are the people responsible for keeping sensitive information safe from attacks by protecting their organization’s computer networks. 2014 saw a record number of hacks and cyber-attacks so expect this job to only swell in importance in coming years; jobs in this area are expected to grow at a rate of 36.5 percent by 2022.

Courses to check out

Cisco CCNA Security: Introduction to Network Security: The first in a three-part Cisco CCNA Security (640-554) series will teach you how to identify, lockdown, and secure vulnerabilities in a small to medium enterprise branch network.

Web Security and the OWASP Top 10: The Big Picture: This course will help you understand the top 10 web security risks on the web today in an easily consumable, well-structured fashion that aligns to the number one industry standard on the topic today.

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Stacy Warden

Stacy Warden is a contributing editor of the Pluralsight blog and has worked in publishing since the dawn of the iPhone. Currently, Stacy deals in tech and education--a combination that she finds absolutely fascinating. You can find her on Twitter @sterrsi.