We’ve always known that information technology has been a great career, and this year’s US News & World Report seems to agree with us. The post just named Information Security Analyst the number one spot on its list of the best jobs for 2022.
Furthermore, two other tech jobs also took the top ten in this year’s rankings. Software developer landed at number five and data scientist ranked sixth. Why is an Information Security Analyst superior to every other job out there?
“Information security analysts are increasingly important as organizations work to protect against data breaches and cyber attacks,” says Antonio Barbera, senior editor at US News Consumer Consulting. There has certainly been no shortage of cyberattacks over the past few years as more remote working has changed security profiles for organizations and ransomware attacks have hit a large number of organizations from IT supply chain companies to healthcare providers to infrastructure companies for energy. Don’t expect the demand for these professionals to dwindle anytime soon either.
The ten-year view of the occupation is strong. Demand for them is expected to rise, with an expected expansion of the profession and an increase in the size of jobs,” says Barbera. “Low unemployment and a high average salary also make this career sector attractive.”
US News said the median salary for information security analysts is $103,590. The unemployment rate for this job is just 1.2%. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment growth of 33.3% for information security analysts, with 47,100 jobs open.
US News said it ranks jobs based on the most important aspects that include growth potential, work-life balance, and salary.
US News ranked the software developer at number five in their list of Best Jobs for 2022 with an average salary of $110,140. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment growth of 22.2% for software developers between 2020 and 2030, and an estimated 409,500 job openings. The unemployment rate in this area is 3%.
The high demand for software developers is not surprising during this hot market. Organizations have prioritized technology development during the pandemic, accelerating digital transformation efforts. In fact, IT executives rated the talent shortage as the single most important barrier to adoption (64%) for emerging technologies, according to Gartner.
US News ranked Data Scientist 6th on their list of Best Jobs for 2022 with an average salary of $98,230. That’s a bit of a downgrade from 2012 when a Harvard Business Review article described a data scientist as “the sexiest job of the 21st century.” The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 31.4% employment growth for a data scientist between 2020 and 2030, during which time it expects 19,800 jobs. The current unemployment rate for the field is 2%.
But if you’re a data scientist and those salary numbers don’t seem good enough to you, you might want to consider switching jobs to a new company. New research from Burtchworks, a recruitment firm for quantitative professionals, looked at the salary increases received by data scientists and data engineers who changed jobs during 2021. 51% of those who moved on received a 20% increase in base salary. Furthermore, 16% received a base salary increase of over 30%. Berchworks said the average salary increase was 20% for data scientists and data engineers who changed jobs in 2021. That compares to an overall average of 6.6% for all job creators as reported by the ADP.
A separate US News list of Best Technology Jobs ranked seven other jobs in this field including IT manager, computer systems analyst, and web developer.
Looking to get out of the tech field? US News’ Best Jobs 2022 list also included a number of non-tech jobs, many of which are in healthcare. Nurse practitioner ranked second, physician assistant ranked third, and director of medical and health services ranked fourth.
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