Top Digitally Focused Careers
Long gone are the days when computer savviness automatically meant you were destined for a career in IT. Now, the sky is the limit when it comes to turning computer skills into an opportunity for employment and advancement. Below you will find a list of some of the hottest digitally focused careers in the job market right now. Whether you are preparing to take your first plunge into the workforce or are hoping to completely change your career trajectory, these jobs could prove a great first place to look.
1. Artificial intelligence/machine learning engineer
As the technological industry focuses more and more on the rapidly growing automation field, AI and machine learning positions are proving to be one of the most in-demand in the tech industry. In just three years (2015 to 2018), Career Karma reports a staggering 344 percent increase in these types of jobs.
And the opportunities have only expanded from there. These types of engineers collect and use data in order to program and train machine models in everything from language processing, image recognition, economic forecasting, and beyond—so whatever your interest, there is likely an AI project that will appeal to you.
2. Social media strategist
Are people more your thing? Social media strategists are responsible for planning, developing, and implementing a company’s overarching social media strategy. They must develop a strong plan of action to improve and support a company’s online presence and oversee the successful implementation of all aspects of its digital marketing.
Many people entering the workforce have grown up on these types of platforms, whether Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, or the next hot trend right around the corner. Most companies heavily rely on some sort of digital presence, and a social media strategist takes care of it all.
3. Mobile application developer
Do you yearn for a job that combines both creativity and technical skills? Look no further than mobile application development. New apps are created every day to meet a wide variety of needs, and mobile application developers are in charge of being on top of the latest trends while simultaneously creating something new and exciting. Add to that the need to make it free of technical glitches and user-friendly, and you have the makings of the perfect marriage between both problem solvers and creatives.
4. Google analyst
If a company is interested in tracking their online visitors’ activities and habits (and what company isn’t?), it’s likely the Google Analytics program plays a main role. As an analyst, you would be in charge of tracking websites, blogs, and social networks in terms of their audience, acquisitions, behaviors, and conversions.
According to the Google Analytics website, the host of information that would be made available to you includes the number of visits an individual user makes, their duration, their preferred sections, the keywords they used, the browsers or mobile operating systems used, the sources of website traffic, and the specific web pages visited. All of this can prove to be vital information for companies—if they have someone to analyze it all.
5. Web developer
The big boom for web developers that started years ago shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Designing, building, and maintaining websites is more important now than ever as more companies either move to digital platforms or create their entire business online from scratch. Web developers are responsible for literally every website that anyone ever visits, so you can imagine the demand for them. As long as society continues to rely so heavily on the Internet, web developers will have plenty of work from which to choose.
As computers have expanded into the workplace, so have the number digitally focused positions that are available. While this list reflects the market’s current trends, there is almost no limit to the types of digitally focused careers that are available. No matter your interests, there is sure to be something out there that is both technology-based and fascinating to you.