The 15 most in-demand tech jobs for 2024 — and how to hire for them

In-demand cloud platforms and tools
In-demand cloud platforms and tools

Certifications: You’ll also want to keep an eye out for candidates with security-related certifications.

Skills and experience to look for:

  • Analytical skills to evaluate network security needs
  • Ability to design, integrate, and install hardware and software
  • Knowledge of how to maintain firewalls, risk detection systems, and other security systems
  • Experience testing, monitoring, and troubleshooting network security systems

Senior web developer

A senior web developer takes the lead on designing, developing, and maintaining web applications, overseeing teams that take on the task of building these tools.

Requirements: The role requires strong technical leadership skills, knowledge of architecture and design, strong problem-solving skills, and an understanding of coding and implementation. Candidates typically have at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related field, along with several years of experience in web development.

Certifications: Relevant designations for this role include Google UX Design Professional Certificate, W3Cx Professional Certificate in Front-End Web Developer, and the MIT xPro Professional Certificate in Coding: Full Stack Development.

Skills and experience to look for:

  • Proficiency in programming languages such as JavaScript, Python, PHP, and Java
  • Experience testing, debugging, and problem-solving web applications
  • Knowledge of database management, back-end development, front-end technologies, and security best practices
  • A strong portfolio with a proven track record of building complex web applications

Database developer

Database developers are responsible for developing and maintaining new servers, identifying business needs to better understand technology requirements, and troubleshooting servers. These candidates will be skilled at troubleshooting databases, understanding best practices, and identifying front-end user requirements.

Requirements: Database developers should have experience with NoSQL databases, Oracle Database, big data infrastructure, and big data engines such as Hadoop. The role typically requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field and three or more years of experience as a database developer or related field.

Skills and experience to look for:

  • Ability to design database systems based on user requirements
  • Ability to write SQL code
  • Experience managing, developing, and maintaining new servers
  • Knowledge of NoSQL databases, Oracle Database, big data infrastructure, Hadoop or other big data engines, the .NET framework, HTML, JavaScript, and PHP

Software engineer

Software engineers are responsible for designing and creating software programs and applications to suit business needs. It’s a role that requires cross-collaboration and communication skills, as well as the ability to work in a team environment. Software engineers are tasked with producing quality source code that is well-documented and organized, and they work closely with quality assurance to ensure software is properly tested.

Requirements: The role typically requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering or a related discipline.

Skills and experience to look for:

  • Programming languages, including C#, C++, and Java
  • Experience with the .NET Framework
  • Ability to collaborate across teams to test hardware and software integration
  • Create documentation for software specifications

Network/cloud engineer

Network/cloud engineers are responsible for overseeing an organization’s network and cloud infrastructure along with developing and implementing network and cloud applications and migrating existing applications to the cloud.

Requirements: Network/cloud engineers should have experience debugging cloud stacks, securing apps in the cloud, and creating cloud-based solutions. They should also have experience with security implementation, network infrastructure, troubleshooting, analytical skills, and knowledge of SysOps, Azure, AWS, GCP, and CI/CD systems. The role also requires soft skills such as strong communication, collaboration, and client management skills. The role typically requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field and at least three years of experience in cloud computing.

Certifications: Keep an eye out for candidates with certifications such as AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, Google Cloud Professional, and Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals.

Skills and experience to look for:

  • Experience identifying and implementing optimal cloud and network solutions
  • Knowledge of cloud platforms such as AWS, Azure, and GCP
  • Programming skills in languages such as Python, Java, and R
  • Understanding of DevOps, APIs, and web services

Help desk support manager

Help desk support managers oversee a team of help desk and support technicians who provide technical assistance to clients, customers, and internal employees.

Requirements: Candidates for this role should have experience with managing teams, providing technical support, and a strong background in customer service. The role typically requires at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, IT, or a related field, along with experience in management and help desk support.

Certifications: Relevant certifications include Google IT Support Professional Certificate, CompTIA A, and CompTIA Network+.

Skills and experience to look for:

  • Leadership, teamwork, collaboration, and communication skills
  • A strong knowledge and understanding of service-desk tools such as ServiceNow, Zendesk, and Jira Service Desk
  • Experience working on a service desk or in a help desk role
  • A background in customer service, technical support, and team management