5 Hot Tech Careers
The tech sector has been a job-creation engine for years now, and recent gains in hiring show that trend continuing. Of the 157,000 jobs created in January in the U.S., 22,000 -- or 1 out of every 7 jobs -- were in information technology, according to Foote Partners, an information-technology research firm.
In fact, tech hiring reached levels in January not seen in nearly five years, despite lackluster gains in other sectors. What's more, tech firms have been hiring at sustained levels since February 2012, creating more than 132,000 jobs since that time, Foote Partners CEO David Foote told ComputerWorld.
Foote says hiring in information technology, or IT, is being driven in part by tech executives seeking to stay a step ahead of the competition. Absent any economic shocks, Foote expects hiring to continue -- and that it won't be limited to Silicon Valley, considered the hub of the U.S. tech industry. Other high-tech corridors, including those in Los Angeles, central Florida, northern Virginia and New York City, also offer ample opportunity for those seeking tech jobs.
To learn more about hot tech careers -- in which jobs are projected to grow faster than average through 2020 -- and the educational requirements necessary to pursue them, check out the infographic below from Schools.com.
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